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Businesses continue to equip Tech machine shop

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School Machine Technology program has another boost from the area’s industry in the form of $50,000 worth of precision measuring tools and equipment to complement the new computer controlled machining behemoths purchased through the business-led fundraising campaign begun last year. The latest donation comes from L.S. Starrett Co., the Athol-based manufacturer of precision tools, gauges and instruments, saws and hand tools. Representatives from … 0

E-cycling

Monday, April 21, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In April 2015, a group of Frontier Regional High School students will stay in Ireland for nine days. But before they can do that, they each need to raise $2,800. To benefit the trip, the students are having an electronics recycling drop-off event on May 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the school. Technology teacher Kevin Murphy is … 0

Tech school’s business club aims at national competition in Indianapolis

Monday, April 21, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The students of Franklin County Technical School’s extra-curricular business club did well in the state level of the Business Professionals of America competition, well enough that 13 qualified for the next level of competition. The national competition is scheduled for April 30 through May 4, four states west in Indianapolis, … 0

Frontier tennis courts to go without repairs

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Superintendent Martha Barrett has withdrawn the Frontier Regional School Committee’s request for Community Preservation Act money to fund repairs to the school tennis courts. With no money to repair the tennis courts, Barrett said, “at some point, the courts may have to be closed.” The … 0

Neighbors: Spring has sprung!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hello neighbor. Spring has sprung! The trees and flowers are budding, birds are singing, and the woodpeckers — I’ve encountered quite a few lately — are drumming. So the next time you step outside, close your eyes, take … 0

Whately offers solar program to residents

Thursday, April 3, 2014

WHATELY — The town is teaming up with Chesterfield and Williamsburg to reduce electric costs for their residents and greenhouse gas emissions in the environment. The three towns have been selected to participate in the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s Solarize Mass. program. Through incentives, rebates and group purchasing, … 0

Neighbors: Upcoming event to benefit children with developmental delays

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Some of the valley’s best musicians will donate their time on May 10 at 8 p.m. in the Arts Block in Greenfield to raise money for three important causes: Mosaic Down Syndrome Association, REACH Early Intervention and The Academy of Early Learning. The musicians are being … 0

Edwards says his back, not backing, gave out

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WHATELY — Jonathan Edwards says he had been averaging 1,000 miles a week of crisscrossing the state in his campaign for lieutenant governor, a race he quit earlier this week because of severe back pain. “My doctor said … 0

3 charged when I-91 stop nets heroin

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — A local woman faces charges of heroin distribution after an Interstate 91 traffic stop. Cyerra Weimer, 19, whose address in court records was given as the Days Inn, pleaded innocent to charges of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate drug laws, … 0

Edwards ends his run for lt. governor

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

WHATELY — Selectman Jonathan Edwards has ended his campaign for lieutenant governor, citing health issues. “After consulting doctors and physical therapists, I have been told that my back problems will leave me out of action for at least several weeks,” Edwards said. Edwards has been suffering from debilitating … 0

Neighbors: Local woman to study the connection between nature and poetry

Monday, March 31, 2014

Hello neighbor. Another one of our young neighbors has won an award. Carolyn “Carrie” Decker, a South Deerfield native who is currently a senior at Wheaton College — my oldest son Dan spent a couple of years there … 0

Neighbors: Lots of indoor fun this weekend

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Temperatures are rising — they’re supposed to get up into the 40s and 50s through Monday — but it doesn’t look like the weather is going to be great over the weekend, so you might want to plan some indoor fun. Greening Greenfield’s Film Festival on … 0

Frontier subcommittee to resolve capital question

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A subgroup of the Frontier Regional School Committee is hoping to solve the question that flustered the four feeder towns and School Committee during last year’s budget cycle and derailed $133,250 in school capital requests. The Capital Exploration Committee is charged with finding a consensus … 0