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Pioneer cuts $225,000 from proposed budget

Friday, April 18, 2014

BERNARDSTON — The Pioneer Valley Regional School Committee has lowered its proposed budget by nearly a quarter of a million dollars. The district was able to reduce costs by cutting three teachers. The district will be able to avoid layoffs or firings, because the employees are either leaving the district or not returning from leaves of absence, according to Superintendent Dayle Doiron. Now that the schools have a better estimate … 0

State bond bill has money for parking garage, rail service

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The state Senate gave its approval Thursday to a five-year, $13 billion transportation bond bill that includes money toward a new commuter rail service between Greenfield, Northampton and Springfield, as well as $5 million toward a new Greenfield parking garage and up to $300 million a year for Chapter 90 road projects in cities and towns. The bond, which Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, … 0

Neighbors: Easter community meal open to all

Thursday, April 17, 2014

First, I’d just like to wish everyone a happy Easter, happy Passover or happy spring, whichever you prefer. Then, I’d like to get right to telling you about some upcoming events, because there are plenty. EVERYONE IS WELCOME to a free Easter ham dinner community meal at the Greenfield Alliance Church, 385 Chapman … 0

Land Trust to Gov: No pipeline on protected land

Friday, March 14, 2014

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust is asking Gov. Deval Patrick to assure that the path of a planned natural gas pipeline is kept off all state-owned and state-protected conservation land. “Land protected for long-term public health and conservation purposes must not be sacrificed for short-term private financial gain,” … 2

Neighbors: Become a Greenfield student’s pen pal and read a great book at the same time

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hello neighbor. Greenfield’s Math and Science Academy is bringing back the ever-popular community pen pal project this spring. Over the past several years, the project has been exclusive to sixth-graders throughout Greenfield schools, but all 92 students in grades four through seven will participate this year by writing … 0

Pleased to meet ewe

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

In this feature photo, a show sheep at a home in Warwick looks into the camera while a 2-month-old lamb peers out from behind. A group were being socialized by owner Julie Severance as part of her daughter’s … 0

Fuel assistance money still available for new applicants

Thursday, March 6, 2014

GREENFIELD — Slightly more people in Franklin County have requested fuel assistance this winter compared to last, but an overall decrease across the Pioneer Valley means there’s money still available for new applicants. The Franklin County numbers (3,500 applications compared to 3,000 last year) go against the trend … 0

Neighbors: Who has the recipe for a friendship bread starter?

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Every now and then I get a request from one or more of you. This time, it’s our neighbor Helen Ellis of Greenfield, who is looking for a recipe for the “starter” of a 30-day or friendship cake. She said she believes a can of fruit … 0

‘No idea who they’re dealing with’

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

HATFIELD — The controversy over hydrofracking of shale gas came home to western Massachusetts Wednesday night, with a meeting hosted by Climate Action Now of Western Mass. to organize against the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline. “These people have no idea who they’re dealing with,” said meeting organizer Susan … 1

Officials seek answers

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Even as environmental groups begin weighing in on plans for a Tennessee Gas Pipeline planned through Franklin and Berkshire counties, regional planners and state legislators are seeking answers about the process for siting a 179-mile conduit between Wright, N.Y., and Dracut, just north of Lowell. Officials in nine … 0

Neighbors: Support local Relay for Life teams and possibly help a neighbor at the same time

Monday, March 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. It’s that time of year again, folks. Relay for Life teams are gearing up for the upcoming fundraising season for the American Cancer Society. Statistics show that most of us, if not all, are or will … 0

Pipeline could hit walls in Warwick

Friday, February 28, 2014

WARWICK — A proposed natural gas pipeline may have a tough time getting through town, as it would have to go through bedrock, protected forests and the state Legislature to do so. The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has proposed a new transmission line that would cut through several … 0

Neighbors: St. Patrick’s Day performance promises to be action-packed and colorful

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hello neighbor. St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching and I’m told Celtic Heels Irish Dance Co. is gearing up for its annual holiday production at Shea Theatre in Turners Falls. The action-packed performance will include more than 50 … 0