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Parents voice concerns about Frontier early release proposal

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

DEERFIELD — Parents in the Frontier Regional and Union 38 school district would like to see the details of a plan to release students early on Fridays and the use of that time for professional development hashed out a little more before any decision is made to implement it. The district’s administrators argued at a public forum Tuesday night that early release on Fridays would provide the teachers with much-needed … 0

Neighbors: Busy April ahead in Franklin County

Monday, March 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’ve got a lot to tell you about today, so I’m going to get right to it. Enjoy the week. According to the National Weather Service in Taunton, temperatures on Thursday and Friday are supposed to be in the 50s and 60s. Hello spring! ORANGE SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB will host a Community Music Concert on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in the … 0

He found gold on the slopes

Sunday, March 29, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The skiing season is almost over and Franklin County Technical School student Nicholas Saladino can look ahead to a summer of his brothers pushing him at the gym, then getting back to the slopes for a shot at the next tier of Alpine ski competition. Saladino entered three events this … 0

Weekly meetings for Feb. 16-20

Friday, February 13, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Tuesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Assessors: Wednesday 8:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Technology Committee: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard/Finance Committee: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Personnel Board: Thursday 7 p.m. … 0

Neighbors: Happy Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Happy Valentine’s Day! Every year at this time we exchange cards, candy, gifts and flowers with our special valentine s. We start early — my 3-year-old grandson Justin brought an entire bag of valentines to preschool this week just as I did many years ago. I … 0

Love blooms

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

WHATELY — Roses for your Valentine? How conventional. Why not surprise your love with a bouquet of an unusual flower that is also fragrant? Freesias have long been used for perfume and to scent soaps and lotions. These … 0

What’s in the cards for Whately’s DiMiao property?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

WHATELY — For years, the outline of a parking lot and the last remnants of a building’s foundation have been the only occupants of a vacant lot across the street from Zononi’s Auto Repair on State Road. Soon, … 0

Tech School aims for flat budget, cuts anticipated

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School officials envisage a nearly flat budget for the coming school year with cuts to six positions to balance rising costs against what may be flat state aid revenue. The Technical School Committee approved a preliminary budget of $10,211,000 brought forward by … 0

Rep. Mark files ed. bill

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

GREENFIELD — State Rep. Paul Mark has filed a comprehensive higher education bill designed to tackle student debt, lower costs and increase funding to the state’s colleges and universities. With 34 sections addressing different aspects of higher education … 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