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Neighbors: Precipitation prognosticator: only two or three snowfalls left

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’ve got some good news! Winter is technically almost over and Franklin County’s precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy agrees. Farrah had counted 17 of the 23 snowfalls she predicted early this winter by Feb. 25 and, of course, we had another one this past weekend. That makes 18 snowfalls she has counted herself. But Farrah, who lives in Easthampton now, said she has been in contact with a couple people living in our hills who told her about other snowfalls she didn’t know about because the snow didn’t fall where she lives. Remember, all you have to do is track a cat. So folks, it looks like we’ve got only two or three more … 0

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 … 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

Whately voters OK $50,000 for town office design

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

WHATELY — Whately’s quest to find a palatable solution to its town office space issues will continue, with voters agreeing to spend $50,000 to develop cost estimates for each of the two options that have garnered the most support to date during a special town meeting Tuesday night. … 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

Wireless water meters, Town Hall renovation costs eyed at Whately meeting

Monday, February 9, 2015

WHATELY — Spending tax money on wireless water meters and further design work on proposed municipal office expansion are on the table at tonight’s special town meeting. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the Whately Elementary … 0

Whately office options

Sunday, February 8, 2015

WHATELY — After two months of public meetings designed to help Whately residents resolve the debate over what to do about their town office space needs, the state office that played host to them held a final forum … 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

Farmers weigh-in on Coke’s new beverage: Milk

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

On hearing that Coca-Cola is now going into the milk business, several local dairy farmers just laughed. But when assured “it’s the real thing” — that Coca Cola has started test-marketing Fairlife, its own “premium” milk brand — … 0

Whately to vote on water meters, office design

Monday, February 2, 2015

WHATELY — After nearly 30 years in operation, metering at Whately’s Water Department may soon be brought into the 21st century. The town will ask voters to approve borrowing $71,400 to purchase and install about 250 water meters at the town’s special town meeting Feb. 10. William Smith, … 0

Neighbors: Try to see the beauty in a New England winter

Monday, February 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. The county got lucky last week as Winter Storm Juno buried towns and cities to the east, but barely grazed us. We weren’t so lucky this week. Most of us are still digging out from Winter Storm Linus this morning, if forecasts of about a foot … 0

McGovern named to nutrition subcommittee

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Local congressman Jim McGovern has been named the Democratic ranking member on the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Nutrition. The subcommittee’s jurisdiction includes policies and statutes relating to nutrition, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food … 0

Neighbors: We dodged the blizzard bullet and now back to daily life

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, we dodged another bullet this week — gotta love the storm that wasn’t. Hope you all had a nice snow day and got to do some of the things you typically can’t because of work and other responsibilities. Have a great weekend! GIRL SCOUT TROOP … 0