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Governor Charlie Baker speaks with a Yankee Candle employee during his tour of company's Whately factory Thursday afternoon. Recorder/Tom Relihan

Baker talks energy, budget during Yankee Candle visit

Thursday, May 28, 2015

WHATELY — Yankee Candle is Franklin County’s largest employer and during a short visit Thursday afternoon, Gov. Charlie Baker called it a success story to be replicated across the state. During a short tour of the Pioneer Valley Thursday afternoon, Baker stopped by the company’s production facility in Whately, where he toured the factory floor, spoke with employees and held … 2

Neighbors: Senior event promises opportunity

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Franklin County Sheriff’s TRIAD program, along with the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office and Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility in Greenfield, will sponsor the Senior Services Health and Safety Expo on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Schuetzen Verein on Barton Cove in Gill. Our neighbor Ray Zukowski said the event promises to give our seniors and their families … 0

South County Notebook

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Tilton Library plant sale returns DEERFIELD — After a year hiatus, the Tilton Library on North Main Street will once again hold its plant sale this year. The sale will be held on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. in the back of the library. Plant donations will be accepted at the back of the library on May 29. Call the library … 0

Towns united against Frontier budget hike

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional School Committee has a revolt on its hands over its 11th-hour decision to restore about $200,000 for six positions in next year’s school budget. Town officials in all four towns that make up the district have taken a stand against the decision and … 0

Whately plans to redesign Egypt Road

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WHATELY — The town plans to purchase a 0.1-acre plot of land on the corner of Egypt and State roads and redesign the intersection to make it easier for trucks to take right turns. According to Town Administrator Mark Pruhenski, trucks currently tend to take up both lanes … 0

Petition article will ask Whately voters to buy library building

Monday, April 20, 2015

WHATELY — After a last-minute petition effort, townspeople will be asked to approve buying the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System building in the Whately Industrial Park for $815,000 during the town’s April 28 town meeting. The building has … 0

Neighbors: French musical at Arts Block

Monday, April 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’re looking for something fun to do next weekend, or the following one, head to the Arts Block on Main Street in Greenfield for the French musical, “Irma la Douce,” which will be performed by Arena Civic Theatre on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday … 0

Tech students capture honors in statewide competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Twenty-six students from FCTS competed against 350 students in about 20 events March 7 through 9 in Framingham and Upton. Emmett Boyd of Northfield, Kyle … 0

Making the switch

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Amid pressure from legislators and upset consumers, state utility regulators have eliminated a 15-year-old rule that required electricity suppliers to recalculate the bills of customers when they switch from their basic service to a competitor. The practice has cost customers, dozens of whom are from western … 0

Neighbors: Paint and Sip awakens my inner artist

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. A group of friends and family gathering together to paint on canvas, while sipping their favorite beverages, has become a national trend. In this area, two of the companies that provide such entertainment — at least … 1

Frontier, elementary school committees approve early release schedule

Friday, April 10, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Students in the Frontier Regional and Union 38 School District will be going home a bit earlier on Fridays next year. The regional and elementary school committees approved an early release schedule at a joint meeting Thursday night that would provide more time for professional … 0

Tech School seeks OK to borrow $2.45M

Thursday, April 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School District will ask the residents of its 19 member towns to go to the polls at a special districtwide election June 23 to approve what they expect to be $2.45 … 0

Neighbors: Time to be recognized

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m glad to be back, though I couldn’t believe what I saw when I stepped out of my apartment Thursday morning. I thought the days of that white stuff were done — and what little is … 0