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Franklin County Technical School prepares to launch aviation, veterinary programs
06-03-2024 12:35 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School is on the cusp of completing two separate projects that will provide more opportunities for its students.The school has been working on both a veterinary center, which should be done before the end...

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Enrollment formula change back before Heath voters
06-14-2024 2:43 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

HEATH — Having been two voters short of a quorum when the articles came up at Annual Town Meeting in May, residents will reconvene Monday to vote on regional agreement revisions that would change the school enrollment formula that is used to calculate...


Wendell voters OK change to Municipal Light Board membership
06-10-2024 2:36 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

WENDELL — Although the vote wasn’t unanimous Saturday, the majority of Annual Town Meeting attendees supported a switch from appointed to elected membership for Wendell’s Municipal Light Board, which is tasked with overseeing the town’s fiber-optic...


Historic quotes inspire 41 Pioneer grads
06-07-2024 8:42 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

NORTHFIELD — Speakers motivated the 41 Pioneer Valley Regional School graduates Friday night by using Winston Churchill and Benjamin Franklin quotes. Principal Matthew Sullivan kicked off the celebration by telling the graduates, who were dressed in...


Proposal allowing non-residents to be associate board members fails in Conway; all other articles pass
06-04-2024 9:40 AM

By LIESEL NYGARD

CONWAY — Voters approved a $7.05 million fiscal year 2025 budget in addition to 31 other articles at Annual Town Meeting on Saturday.However, an article that would have amended Conway’s bylaws to allow non-residents to be appointed as associate board...


Blais: Leverett to get public transportation this summer
06-03-2024 12:14 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

LEVERETT — State Rep. Natalie Blais held a town hall in Leverett Friday to provide updates to residents on transportation and infrastructure projects. Speaking to a small group, Blais announced that Leverett would be connected to public...


Lifelong Leyden resident looks to fill Selectboard seat
05-31-2024 3:00 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

LEYDEN — After two years on the Selectboard, Glenn Caffery is not seeking reelection, which means Leyden voters will be finding his successor during Tuesday’s town election. Polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m. at the Town Office, 7 Brattleboro...


Leyden voters to discuss road discontinuance, ADUs
05-31-2024 1:18 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

LEYDEN — Monday’s Annual Town Meeting will include discussions on changes to curb cuts and zoning bylaws, discontinuing a portion of Hunt Hill Road and a $2.1 million budget proposal for fiscal year 2025.Annual Town Meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at...


103-year-old World War II veteran honored during Whately’s Memorial Day event
05-26-2024 5:02 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

WHATELY — While Whately’s annual Memorial Day parade came and went as is tradition on Sunday, this year’s proceedings marked a particularly special occasion for World War II veteran Walter Harubin.Harubin, 103, was honored as Whately’s oldest veteran...


‘It’s time to gallop’: Deerfield Academy speakers share advice with 201 graduates
05-26-2024 3:55 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

DEERFIELD — Speakers at Deerfield Academy’s commencement ceremony on Sunday shared jovial messages with the 201 graduates, including lessons that could be learned from a creative senior prank.Leila Govi, a Deerfield Academy alumna who graduated in...


Hawley residents vote down resolution on state flag, seal for second year
05-14-2024 10:45 AM

By LIESEL NYGARD

HAWLEY — For the second year in a row, residents voted against a resolution to change the state flag and seal during their Annual Town Meeting on Monday evening. The state seal depicts an Indigenous man holding a bow and arrow, with an arm brandishing...


Heath voters OK $1.6M town budget, school spending
05-12-2024 1:44 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

HEATH — After much discussion at Saturday’s Town Meeting, voters approved a $1.6 million fiscal year 2025 spending plan for town services and a $1 million assessment for Heath’s share of the $26.7 million Mohawk Trail Regional School District...


Leyden bylaw changes regarding ADUs look to address housing shortage
05-09-2024 1:57 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

LEYDEN — The Planning Board discussed the possibility of adopting amendments and additions to the town’s zoning bylaws to promote housing growth during a public hearing on Wednesday.The changes, which will be voted on during Leyden’s Annual Town...


Buckland backs short-term rental bylaw
05-05-2024 3:40 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

BUCKLAND — Roughly 70 voters passed all 28 articles at Annual Town Meeting on Saturday, most notably adopting a new bylaw to better regulate short-term rentals and approving budget requests totaling nearly $5.88 million for fiscal year 2025. The...


Three-way contest for Planning Board on Northfield ballot
05-03-2024 6:47 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

NORTHFIELD — Three candidates are vying for one seat on the Planning Board, while a new individual is looking to fill a Selectboard seat in this year’s town election.Polls will be open on Tuesday, May 7, from noon to 8 p.m. at Town Hall.There are two...


After 15 years on Bernardston Selectboard, Garland chairs last meeting
05-03-2024 5:10 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

BERNARDSTON — Before the town election on Monday, Selectboard Chair Stanley Garland led his final meeting this week, marking the end of his 15 years on the board.In addition to his time on the Selectboard, Garland also represented the board through...


Vehicle purchases, petition on solar head to Northfield Town Meeting
05-03-2024 3:41 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

NORTHFIELD — Between vehicle expenses and a citizen’s petition seeking a moratorium on large-scale solar projects, voters will consider a variety of topics at Monday’s Annual Town Meeting.The 28-article warrant will be addressed starting at 7 p.m. at...


Franklin Tech student welds artistic bench for French King Bridge
04-29-2024 4:55 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

ERVING — Drawing inspiration from the French King Bridge, Franklin County Technical School senior Laynie Coates, 17, put her welding skills to the test.The result, a green bench with lettering that says “Gateway to the Mohawk Trail” and a bridge-like...


Vehicle replacements, petition on tax rate on tap for Bernardston Town Meeting
04-26-2024 4:49 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

BERNARDSTON — Residents will convene Monday to consider the 40 articles on the Annual Town Meeting warrant, including a series of vehicle replacements and a citizen’s petition expressing concern over rising tax rates.The meeting will be held at The...


What are the protocols for emergency transport of infants?
04-26-2024 3:11 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

When it comes to protocols for providing emergency medical transportation to infants, the Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical Services, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and ambulance manufacturers voice similar expectations.But...


State records show Northfield EMS chief’s paramedic license suspended over failure to transport infant
04-26-2024 2:56 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

State regulators suspended Northfield EMS Chief and Orange EMS Capt. Mark Fortier’s paramedic license over his alleged failure to properly assess a 2-week-old infant during a house call and for refusing the child transportation in an ambulance,...

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