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Whately asked to approve capital projects

Monday, April 14, 2014

WHATELY — Nine projects worth $312,610 could give the town a new emergency generator and lighting at the school, a dump truck with a sander and a barrier gate and fence at Herhily Park. Townspeople will be asked to approve the money at annual town meeting on April 29 at 7 p.m. The projects are recommended by the selectmen and Capital Planning Committee. The projects are long overdue, having been … 0

Neighbors: Local students help others

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. Franklin County Technical School senior Madison Lively of Greenfield and some of her classmates will use their skills as hairdressers-in-training this week to help children, teens and young adults who suffer from medical conditions that cause them to lose their hair. On Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Madison and … 0

Neighbors: Montague police chief named Elk’s “Citizen of the Year”

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. Congratulations to our neighbor Chip Dodge, who happens to be Montague’s police chief, and who recently received the “Citizen of the Year” award from the Montague Elks. Chip told me that he was surprised, honored and proud to receive the phone call last week from Elks Exhalted Ruler Stephen Dacyczyn telling … 0

Legislature OKs increase in local aid

Friday, March 14, 2014

For the first time in six years, the state House and Senate have passed a local aid resolution, committing to increase aid to cities and towns by $25 million, with another $100 million increase in school aid in the budget year that begins July 1. “That’s a done … 0

Group decries logging in Northampton watershed

Monday, March 17, 2014

WHATELY — Chris Matera of Northampton said he was driving through Whately to go skiing two weeks ago when he noticed piles of fresh-cut logs at the mouth of a trail into a forest. “I said, ‘Wait, isn’t that the watershed?,’” he recalled recently. Matera, who heads a … 0

Selectmen’s workshop explains funding for roads, bridges

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments invites town officials and the public to learn about federal funding for roads and bridges, and how to apply for the money, in a workshop called “The Roads and Bridges of Franklin County: A Transportation Funding Primer.” It takes place on Thursday … 0

Frontier seeks to raise spending almost 3%

Friday, March 14, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A $9,747,730 school budget for next year is hitting the desks of the finance committees in southern Franklin County. This week, the Frontier Regional School Committee adopted a final budget, which proposes $282,037 more in spending for next academic year. The budget is a 2.98 … 0

Neighbors: Become a Greenfield student’s pen pal and read a great book at the same time

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hello neighbor. Greenfield’s Math and Science Academy is bringing back the ever-popular community pen pal project this spring. Over the past several years, the project has been exclusive to sixth-graders throughout Greenfield schools, but all 92 students in grades four through seven will participate this year by writing … 0

May schools share space?

Monday, March 10, 2014

With dwindling enrollments, both Frontier and Mohawk Trail regional school districts are exploring possible town use of unused school space, as a way to offset operating costs. State law and education officials that govern how schools can be … 3

About Town: Students form Frontier's first Model UN Club

Sunday, March 9, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — For three days last month, a group of 12 Frontier Regional High School students worked for hours in the Boston Park Plaza Hotel trying to come up with solutions to poverty in South Africa, the … 0

Former BHA manager offered South County EMS director job

Sunday, March 9, 2014

DEERFIELD — The job of director of the South County Emergency Medical Services Department will be offered to William Travis. “Patient service is my passion. It’s what I love, it’s what I do,” Travis said in a public job interview Friday. Travis, a former general manager of Baystate … 0

South County Notebook

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Frontier to hold public hearing on proposed budget SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional School Committee is holding a public hearing on its draft $9,747,730 budget for next year. The public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Frontier media center. The school committee has … 0

Traffic stop nets heroin haul; officer assaulted, gives chase

Friday, March 7, 2014

GREENFIELD — A Vermont man faces heroin charges after allegedly striking a police officer and fleeing from an interstate traffic stop. Joel R. Gouin, 28, of Washington, Vt., pleaded innocent to possession of heroin to distribute, assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and … 0