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Heather Lonergan of Turnes Falls and her collection of toothbrushes from Franklin County Technical School for Lonergan's next dental aid trip to Ghana. Recorder/Paul Franz

Tech School toothbrushes to help spread smiles in Ghana. Turners woman returns for sixth dental aid trip

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Dental hygienist Heather Lonergan has made a habit of spending her vacations spreading dental health in Ghana, and this year she will go armed with toothbrushes collected by the students and staff of Franklin County Technical School. Lonergan said she usually brings 1,200 toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and dental floss. A drive at the Tech School, where Lonergan’s … 0

Neighbors: Nominate the next Peacemaker Award recipients

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice are looking for nominations from throughout the county of teens who are contributing to peace and justice in the world. Having lived in the county almost all of my life, I know there are plenty of nominees out there, so if you know of a young person who … 0

Local outdoors enthusiasts float Olympic idea

Friday, February 20, 2015

Will the whitewater slaloms of the 2024 Olympics take place on the Deerfield River? That’s the hope of local outdoor enthusiasts, and of Congressman Richard Neal, who is pushing for “regional equity” in Boston’s bid for the 2024 Olympics. Neal, whose district includes the western half of Franklin County, not only hopes that … 2

Letter: Embellishments

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

What’s the big deal? Superstar Brian Williams embellished his story about taking fire and being hit in a chopper he was riding in. Lest we forget that Hillary Clinton made a similar statement when she said she took sniper fire while she visited Bosnia in 1996, as did … 0

Neighbors: Stay safe in frigid temperatures

Monday, February 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. Spring is just 31 days away, but it may not seem that close because we continue to battle bitter cold temperatures and all of this white stuff. Earlier this month we saw the Full Snow Moon, named because February is typically the month where we see … 0

Weekly meetings for Feb. 16-20

Friday, February 13, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Tuesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Assessors: Wednesday 8:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Technology Committee: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard/Finance Committee: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Personnel Board: Thursday 7 p.m. … 0

Neighbors: Happy Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Happy Valentine’s Day! Every year at this time we exchange cards, candy, gifts and flowers with our special valentine s. We start early — my 3-year-old grandson Justin brought an entire bag of valentines to preschool this week just as I did many years ago. I … 0

Letter: Free speech

Thursday, February 12, 2015

I think freedom of speech is a precious thing. Always there, whether in a democracy or a dictatorship, available to each of us, immutable. In the former, protected by right as law, in the latter subject to censure, torture or death. In a democracy the weak can speak … 0

Tech School aims for flat budget, cuts anticipated

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School officials envisage a nearly flat budget for the coming school year with cuts to six positions to balance rising costs against what may be flat state aid revenue. The Technical School Committee approved a preliminary budget of $10,211,000 brought forward by … 0

Rep. Mark files ed. bill

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

GREENFIELD — State Rep. Paul Mark has filed a comprehensive higher education bill designed to tackle student debt, lower costs and increase funding to the state’s colleges and universities. With 34 sections addressing different aspects of higher education … 0

Neighbors: Learn about how state government works

Monday, February 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. Have you always wanted to learn more about our state government and how it works? State Sen. Stan Rosenberg will be holding the 74th Citizens’ Legislative Seminar on April 28 (my birthday) and April 29 from … 0

Heart disease, cancer top killers in county

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The state released its latest annual death report in January, with the 2012 Franklin County numbers showing a continued increase in drug deaths while heart disease continues to claim the greatest number of lives. The Department of Public Health compiles statistics from death certificates filed in the state … 0

No injuries in early morning blaze

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

WENDELL — Flames claimed a home on Davis Turn Road in the frigid early hours of Wednesday morning, but fire officials say no one was home to be hurt in the blaze. State Fire Marshal’s spokeswoman Jennifer Mieth … 0