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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


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


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


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


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


“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...

North County Notebook: March 8, 2024
03-07-2024 3:06 PM

Two more roast beef suppers this year BERNARDSTON — The United Church of Bernardston at 58 Church St. will hold two more Second Saturday Roast Beef Suppers this year on March 9 and April 13, with seatings at 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.At a price of $15, each...

Zo Z Massage Therapy of Northfield closes its doors after 20 years
03-05-2024 1:19 PM


NORTHFIELD — It was 20 years ago that Zo Zeininger saw the “for rent” sign while walking down Main Street, and soon after opened the doors to her own massage business.Now, a change to Zeininger’s lease has brought that time to a close.According to...

State suspends Northfield EMS chief’s paramedic license
03-04-2024 1:28 PM


The state Office of Emergency Medical Services has suspended the paramedic license held by Northfield EMS Chief and Orange EMS Capt. Mark Fortier, but town officials say paramedic staffing levels are sufficient to ensure continued ambulance...

Jim Whitcomb: Irked by transaction fee
03-03-2024 12:00 PM

I have been selling items through eBay recently. Each sale carries a transaction fee, a set percent of the amount of the sale. I noticed that eBay calculates this fee after they have added on the amount of sales tax and shipping, neither of which are...

Massachusetts Maple Month ushers in ‘spring’s awakening’
03-01-2024 3:36 PM


NORTHFIELD — Tree sap being boiled down into maple syrup filled the air with a sweet aroma on Friday as Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner Ashley Randle celebrated the kickoff of Massachusetts Maple Month by ceremonially tapping a maple...

Julia Duncan: Nothing has been learned with masking
02-26-2024 6:18 PM

After reading the Recorder’s front-page story (“Will CDC end COVID isolation?” Feb. 21) I was in a bad mood that morning. Firstly, why is that woman wearing a mask in her own home, pray tell? That’s crazy. Secondly, being forced to mask up in a...

Tapping into sweetness together: Severance’s Maple Products chosen for Maple Month kick-off
02-26-2024 3:22 PM


Maple sap processing season is short, yet Northfield’s Milt Severance thinks about syrup all year. His sweet vocation will be celebrated this Friday, March 1, when his sugarhouse is singled out to host the Ceremonial Tapping that kicks off Maple...

Time crunch delays revisions to Pioneer Valley Regional School District agreement
02-26-2024 11:05 AM


NORTHFIELD — School officials put a pause on revisions to a new regional agreement for the Pioneer Valley Regional School District after Selectboards in all three district towns voiced concerns about the timeline for the rollout.“There does not seem...

North County Notebook: Feb. 22, 2024
02-21-2024 9:28 AM

Early in-person voting starts SaturdayBERNARDSTON — Early in-person voting will be offered at the Bernardston Town Hall, 38 Church St., on the following dates: Saturday, Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.;...

Northfield’s sewer rates could increase ‘significantly’ to support treatment plant upgrades
02-21-2024 9:23 AM


NORTHFIELD — Depending on the result a Town Meeting vote, sewer rates may increase “significantly” for fiscal year 2025 to support improvements to the town’s wastewater treatment plant and collection system.Karen Boudreau, who serves on the Board of...

Pioneer’s proposed $16.9M budget heads to Annual Town Meetings
02-20-2024 1:30 PM


NORTHFIELD — After a brief discussion about administrator pay, the Pioneer Valley Regional School District School Committee approved a $16.94 million budget for fiscal year 2025 last week, thus sending it to the towns for approval at Annual Town...

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