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A celestial occasion: Franklin County residents admire solar eclipse
04-08-2024 5:53 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE andANTHONY CAMMALLERI

Franklin County residents watched in awe as the moon and sun reversed roles and our star took on the shape of a crescent during the so-called “Great North American Eclipse” Monday afternoon.For about two hours beginning at around 2 p.m., the moon...

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Northfield’s new grant development director ‘already off and running’ to maximize funding
04-14-2024 12:20 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

NORTHFIELD — Following the unexpected departure of Mallory Sullivan, a new grant development director is “already off and running” to maximize funding opportunities for Northfield.Leslie Roberts, a Fairfield, Vermont native and Holyoke resident, took...


Bike-riding activists will convene April 20 to protest FirstLight
04-12-2024 5:08 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

A local group of bike-riding activists will ride together again for the first time in a decade, this time in protest of FirstLight Hydro Generating Co.’s Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Station.The Solar Rollers, a grassroots advocacy group that...


‘Landmark’ contract brings significant pay bumps for Pioneer teachers
04-12-2024 2:52 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District School Committee and the teachers’ union have come to what the district describes as a “landmark” contract through fiscal year 2027.Beginning in fiscal year 2025, all teachers will see, at a...


North County Notebook: April 11, 2024
04-10-2024 1:56 PM

ch’Chunk to perform in Warwick WARWICK — The Wooden Fender concert series presents a concert and dance by ch’Chunk, performing early 20th-century jazz, at Warwick Town Hall, 12 Athol Road, on Saturday, April 20, from 7 to 9:30 p.m.The band’s...


State grant expands environmental, life science learning at Pioneer
04-10-2024 10:32 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — Pioneer Valley Regional School students will soon have new opportunities to explore environmental and life sciences thanks to funding from a state Innovation Career Pathways grant.Beginning in September, the school will begin offering...


North County Notebook: April 8, 2024
04-05-2024 3:36 PM

Powers Institute Museum opening for seasonBERNARDSTON — The Powers Institute Museum at 20 Church St. is opening for the season on Sunday, April 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. Attendants will be present to assist guests.Parking is available behind the building...


My Turn: More public input sought in new phase of FirstLight relicensing
04-04-2024 7:01 PM

By JOHN HOWARD

 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Ready for Environmental Analysis (REA) notice for FirstLight’s Turners Falls Hydroelectric and Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Projects on Feb. 22, a pivotal moment in the relicensing...


North County Notebook: April 4, 2024
04-03-2024 2:38 PM

Next monthly meal set for April 10 NORTHFIELD — The Northfield Senior Center’s next monthly meal will be held Wednesday, April 10, at 12:30 p.m.The menu will consist of Italian pasta bake (choice of vegetarian or sausage), spring mix salad, garlic...


Jennifer Richardson: Bitter brews either way
04-02-2024 5:18 PM

My mom is 89 and caring for her gives me a clearer perspective on what truly matters in life. “Pretty soon people won’t have to get out of bed in the morning!” mom remarks sharply at machines that do this and gadgets that do that. Add AI bots to the...


North County Notebook: March 29, 2024
03-28-2024 12:55 PM

Kiwanis Club hosting chicken pot pie dinner fundraiser for Pioneer seniors BERNARDSTON — Instead of cooking the night before Easter, folks are invited to take part in the Bernardston Kiwanis Club’s next meal in its fundraiser series, which will raise...


My Turn: To be or not to be — March’s dilemma
03-26-2024 3:22 PM

By JUDY WAGNER

This is March’s dilemma: Is it time to be spring or not? March has a tough role to play. It is haunted by the old saying: “In like a lamb, out like a lion; in like a lion, out like a lamb.” March is saddled with expectations of changeable behavior and...


Julia Duncan: Pandemic reflections
03-26-2024 3:21 PM

It’s been four years since the pandemic hit, yet sometimes it still feels like 2020. I was in a store in Greenfield recently where a young woman was shopping with two small children. All three were wearing masks. I think that’s child abuse, but I said...


Pioneer School Committee pauses talks on SRO until at least next budget cycle
03-25-2024 10:26 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — Any discussions about the school resource officer position will have to wait at least until the next budget cycle, as the Pioneer Valley Regional School District School Committee opted, by consensus, to not revisit the topic at this...


Christopher Sikes and Mitch Anthony: Let’s speak with one voice about housing
03-20-2024 6:08 PM

Gina Govoni is right. As she writes in her March 7 My Turn, the lack of affordable housing is a crisis throughout the nation and the commonwealth [“Merger could help kick-start housing in Franklin County”]. And it is especially acute in rural...


North County Notebook: March 16, 2024
03-15-2024 6:33 PM

Town caucus set for MondayBERNARDSTON — The town caucus will be held Monday, March 18, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 38 Church St. The purpose of the caucus is to nominate candidates for the various positions to be filled during the May 6 town election....


Styrofoam recycling collections coming to four Franklin County towns
03-15-2024 1:55 PM

The Franklin County Solid Waste Management District is collaborating with the towns of Leverett, Montague, Northfield and Wendell to offer free recycling collections of blocky Styrofoam packing material specifically for residents of the four...


BlueWave pitches another agrivoltaic solar array in Northfield
03-14-2024 6:43 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — Town residents got one of their first looks at a new proposed solar array on Pine Meadow Road while also getting an opportunity to talk to the developers on Wednesday during a Planning Board information session.BlueWave Solar is returning...


Sounds Local: Don your St. Patrick’s Day green: Where to celebrate the holiday this weekend in Franklin County
03-13-2024 4:35 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

St. Patrick’s Day is the day when we love to celebrate everything Irish. We eat corned beef, raise a pint of Guinness, and get all decked out in our best green outfits. Of course, there is music involved in these celebrations, be it traditional Celtic...


‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ to premiere Friday at Pioneer
03-13-2024 4:12 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

NORTHFIELD — Pioneer Valley Regional School students will take to the stage Friday for opening night of their spring production, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Written by Rachel Sheinkin, the feature-length comedic musical follows the...


My Turn: Getting past the labels
03-10-2024 12:08 PM

By MARGOT FLECK

“there’s the real mystery: the life of others” — Adam Zagajewski, poetCan we justifiably condemn anyone for their ideas, their prejudices, their loyalties?Each of us is born into particular circumstances that vary widely in terms of financial...

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