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86 drug treatment beds coming to North Quabbin in Petersham

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

PETERSHAM — Athol Hospital’s parent company has bought land in Petersham and plans to open a 86-bed addiction and mental health treatment facility there as early as this summer. The number and type of treatment slots would be a significant addition to the treatment landscape near Franklin County, with adolescent treatment among the offerings. The regional Opioid Task Force has said repeatedly that more treatment beds in or near Franklin … 0

Tech school’s MCAS scores climbing back toward state average

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Superintendent Richard Martin said he was happy with the Franklin County Technical School’s growth in the last round of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System testing. English scores were the highest they have been back to 2006 at least, Martin said, with 90 percent of last year’s 10th-grade students scoring advanced or … 0

Don’t care to share: South County cool to study on police regionalization

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A study that looks at how the police departments of Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately could consolidate or regionalize their services was met with little enthusiasm during a recent meeting of the town’s police chiefs and selectmen, with some saying that such a plan could cost more than it would provide … 0

Project Safe Childhood to visit Frontier

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

DEERFIELD — On Wednesday, October 7th, students in the Frontier Regional School District will be participating in an assembly titled: Project Safe Childhood, presented by the Department of Justice. The presentation will include a variety of Internet safety topics including: digital footprints; cyberbullying; sextortion; Internet predators; and being … 0

70-year-old charged in August crash

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Whately man has been charged in August’s car vs. Coca-Cola truck accident in Bernardston but didn’t show up for his arraignment Tuesday Stanley J. Lakota, 70, of 59 River Road, is charged with failure to stop at a stop sign, negligence and driving on a … 0

‘One of Greenfield’s libraries’: Franklin County remembers public servant William B. Allen

Monday, October 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Longtime public servant William B. Allen died Saturday, and town officials and leaders say his passing is a big loss to the town, because he was one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable public servants they’ve … 0

Neighbors: Have fun at Celebrate the harvest Festival in Orange

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to celebrate fall — this wonderful time of year — head over to Orange on Sunday, where at 9 a.m. the Celebrate the Harvest Festival begins at the airport. There will be a car show, craft fair (you can start that holiday shopping), … 0

Neighbors: Local organization head raises money for hungry

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Sept. 27, Andrew Morehouse, the executive editor of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, pedalled 100 miles through Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire to help end hunger in western Massachusetts. The food bank’s 5th annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event raised more than … 1

Whately special town meeting approves $75,000 for Mill River stabilization

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

WHATELY — Whately voters approved spending $75,000 to mitigate the impact of a project to stabilize the banks of the Mill River on native endangered species and gave the Selectboard a green light to sell an easement on a plot of land that houses a cell tower, among … 0

Whately secures bond to buy regional library building

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

WHATELY — The saga of Whately’s attempt to find a solution to its town office space needs has finally entered the homestretch after nearly half a decade of design, proposals, rejections and debate. The town will close on … 0

Car hits pole on Routes 5 and 10 in Whately

Monday, September 28, 2015

WHATELY — A 67-year-old Deerfield man was transported to Franklin Medical Center after crashing into a utility pole on Route 5 and 10 around 8:15 p.m. Monday. Trooper Matthew Guarino of the Massachusetts State Police said the man, who was not identified, sustained what appeared to be “minor … 0

Neighbors: Great River Challenge to be held Sunday

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Great River Challenge Off-Road Triathlon will be held in Northfield on Sunday. Paddle, run trails and mountain bike. Doesn’t that sound like fun — and a lot of hard work? The triathlon was created to foster greater awareness of the upper Pioneer Valley and what … 0

Faith Matters: Ministering with God’s special touch

Friday, September 25, 2015

(Editor’s note: The following is a submission to The Recorder’s weekly column titled “Faith Matters.” Each Saturday, a different faith leader in Franklin County offers a personal religious perspective in this space. An accompanying sidebar offers a brief … 0