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Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the way, has always been my favorite, is … 0

Whately ambulance deal has resistance: Deerfield residents present petition to keep service in town

Thursday, November 19, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — It appears some Deerfield residents are not particularly happy with the South County EMS regional ambulance service’s plans to move to Whately. Town resident Sharyn Paciorek used the public comment portion of Wednesday night’s selectmen’s meeting to present a petition signed by about 200 residents asking the selectmen to support … 0

Neighbors: Local youngster learn about and teach composting

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Fourth-grade students at The Discovery School at Four Corners recently learned about taking notes, paragraphing, composing informational text, and formulating an opinion through a study of composting, according to their teacher Marguerite Rancourt. All students read a nonfiction text, article and editorial in The Recorder. In addition, they viewed and took … 0

Neighbors: Nana’s Attic might just have what you’ve been looking for

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Paula Betters was appointed director of the Erving Senior Community Center this past summer, and she said they’re having a lot of fun in Erving. Paula said as the center prepares for its Holiday Bazaar, she had the “crazy notion” (her playful words) to … 0

Bad communication stalls ambulance talks

Monday, October 26, 2015

SUNDERLAND — An apparent failure to communicate between South County EMS’s Board of Oversight and the three towns the ambulance service covers regarding the location of its future home base saw tempers flare during a recent meeting, and … 0

Seeds of expansion: Food entrepreneur turns Franklin County tomatoes into sauces for Harvard, Tufts

Friday, October 23, 2015

Plenty of tomatoes seemed to be still out on the vine when food entrepreneur Karl Dias was out in Franklin County picking up hot peppers for salsa he was selling to Tufts University last year, and it dawned … 0

Food plan aims to grow economy, community

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A Massachusetts Local Food Action plan being released today calls for the state to take steps to beef up agriculture and food production as a way to not only enhance the local food supply, but also to improve … 0

Neighbors: Greenfield library’s got some bargains this weekend

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. It has been a really busy week for me, so I’m going to get right to it. Have a great weekend! FRIENDS OF GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY will hold its October Book Sale on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be an abundance of … 0

Whately to host regional ambulance meeting Oct. 29

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

WHATELY — Having found itself caught off-guard by Deerfield’s announcement earlier this month that a second option has emerged in town to house South County EMS, Whately has called a meeting of the three towns served by the … 0

Neighbors: Human Error’s Greenfield Word Fest no mistake

Monday, October 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Human Error Publishing will present its sixth Greenfield Annual Word Festival starting today and running through Sunday — six days of WORDS in downtown Greenfield. Awesome! Along with authors and poets reading their works all week, there will be an ongoing book fair. The Arts Block … 0

‘Clean Sweep’ waste collection day Saturday

Monday, October 19, 2015

Been wanting to get rid that bulky trash not normally accepted at your trash transfer station? The Franklin County Solid Waste District is holding its fall “Clean Sweep” bulky waste collection on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon. The three drop-off sites are: the Buckland Recreation … 0

Tractor parade revs up Sunday

Friday, October 16, 2015

HATFIELD — The Hampshire County Farm Bureau is set to host its third annual tractor ride Sunday Oct. 18th. The tractor ride, which encompasses a scenic 30-mile route through Hatfield, Whately, Sunderland and Hadley, raises funds for local agricultural groups. The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. from the … 0

Neighbors: Montague’s K-9 Artie needs a new ride

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. K-9 Artie, whose real name is Arthur, and his partner, Montague police officer James Ruddock, need a new ride and they’re asking us to help. Montague Police Department will hold a tailgate party to raise money for a new cruiser that will accommodate a four-legged officer. … 0