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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

Fuel assistance money still available for new applicants

Thursday, March 6, 2014

GREENFIELD — Slightly more people in Franklin County have requested fuel assistance this winter compared to last, but an overall decrease across the Pioneer Valley means there’s money still available for new applicants. The Franklin County numbers (3,500 applications compared to 3,000 last year) go against the trend … 0

Neighbors: Who has the recipe for a friendship bread starter?

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Every now and then I get a request from one or more of you. This time, it’s our neighbor Helen Ellis of Greenfield, who is looking for a recipe for the “starter” of a 30-day or friendship cake. She said she believes a can of fruit … 0

South County EMS to interview candidates for director post Friday

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A Deerfield full-time paramedic and a paramedic from Action Ambulance Service Inc. of Pittsfield are vying to become the director who brings to life the new South County Emergency Medical Service. On Friday at 6 p.m. in Deerfield Town Hall, the South County EMS will … 0

Neighbors: Support local Relay for Life teams and possibly help a neighbor at the same time

Monday, March 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. It’s that time of year again, folks. Relay for Life teams are gearing up for the upcoming fundraising season for the American Cancer Society. Statistics show that most of us, if not all, are or will … 0

Frontier requests money to repair tennis courts

Monday, March 3, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Before cracks split and splinter the tennis courts at Frontier Regional School and render them unsafe and unusable, the Frontier Regional School Committee is requesting $32,999 in Community Preservation Act money from its four feeder towns to repair the community recreation spot. Superintendent Martha Barrett … 0

Whately to hold hearing again on farm stands, pot

Sunday, March 2, 2014

WHATELY — Residents are asked to reconvene in March to weigh in on proposed medical marijuana siting and farm stand bylaws due to an error in advertising the public hearing. The Planning Board scheduled a public hearing on Tuesday in Town Hall, but because it did not post … 0

Whately highway employees can serve as firefighters

Friday, February 28, 2014

WHATELY — Whately Highway Department employees who are trained firefighters in other towns will now be able to help fight fires in Whately. On Tuesday, the Board of Selectmen adopted a new policy that would allow highway department employees, with the approval of the highway superintendent, to leave … 0

Frontier district prepping for enrollment drop

Friday, February 28, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In the next decade, there is projected to be 300 fewer students enrolled in the Frontier Regional School and its four feeder schools — a finding that has spurred school leaders to take a serious look at school and municipal space needs in southern Franklin … 1

Yankee Candle lays off employees, restructures

Friday, February 28, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — This week, Yankee Candle Co. laid off some salaried employees at its South Deerfield corporate headquarters, but the company hopes to move most of the employees into new positions as part of a restructuring. President and CEO Harlen Kent said Yankee notified employees Thursday. Kent … 0

School Choice: Is it worth it for Frontier?

Thursday, February 27, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Since the early 1990s, Frontier Regional School and its feeder schools have allowed out-of-town students to enroll. But now, school leaders are questioning whether participating in the School Choice program is really cost effective. “We’re … 2