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My Turn:
06-17-2024 6:02 PM

By JUDY WAGNER

 Like it or not, the transitions are upon us. The calendar doesn’t say “summer” yet, but we have already felt some summer heat. The luscious blooms of spring — trees, shrubs and early bulbs — have all passed by, petals falling like forgotten confetti...

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FERC to prepare Environmental Impact Statement for FirstLight operations
06-17-2024 5:48 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

TURNERS FALLS — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for FirstLight Hydro Generating Co.’s operations along the Connecticut River amid concerns that the dams might have a negative impact...


Northfield Summer Road Race Series highlighting Thursday nights for 13th year
06-17-2024 3:10 PM

By LUCY POSTERA

NORTHFIELD — The Northfield Summer Road Race Series returned to Franklin County earlier this month, kicking off the weekly 3.1-mile race that runs every Thursday during June through August. The summer series enters its 13th year, and continues to be a...


Town officials talk voting thresholds, term limits in Pioneer’s regional agreement
06-14-2024 2:02 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

BERNARDSTON — As work continues on the Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s district agreement, town officials in the three member towns are conducting their own review of the revisions at the same time.At the Bernardston Senior Center Thursday...


PHOTO: Injuries deemed non-life-threatening in Northfield collision
06-11-2024 2:24 PM


North County Notebook: June 11, 2024
06-10-2024 2:38 PM

Community lunch on tap for June 12 LEYDEN — This month’s community lunch at Leyden Town Hall will be held Wednesday, June 12, at noon. There will not be a speaker.The menu consists of make-your-own sandwiches with a variety of meats and cheeses....


Dan Croteau: Remember those who gave all, not him who gives nothing
06-09-2024 11:45 AM

D-Day (or “Loser Day” as the 34-count felon would call it), a day of remembrance of the lives of so many who gave the ultimate sacrifice to rid the world of fascism and secure a safe and democratic future for all. That sacrifice is now in peril. Don’t...


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...


Student cellphone use prohibited at Pioneer district schools starting in August
06-07-2024 1:53 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — Beginning in August, Pioneer Valley Regional School District students will be prohibited from using cellphones at any time during the school day.In a unanimous vote Thursday, the School Committee approved a policy charging district...


FirstLight expanding access to rec areas
06-03-2024 11:43 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

Andy Brydges attended the Massachusetts Environmental Education Society’s annual conference at The College of the Holy Cross and saw a presentation that spoke to him.Autism Alliance, a program of the larger organization Advocates, spoke to attendees...


Academic excellence, creating community top of mind for new Pioneer principal
06-01-2024 3:07 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — The district is welcoming a veteran educator to Pioneer Valley Regional School this summer as Annie Scanlan-Emigh takes the helm as principal.The assistant principal at Michael E. Smith Middle School in South Hadley and educator of 17...


North County Notebook: June 1, 2024
05-31-2024 6:35 PM

Next puzzle swap set for June 1 NORTHFIELD — Free used puzzles will be available at Dickinson Memorial Library on Saturday, June 1, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.Attendees are advised to park in the back and enter through the side door of the library. Turn...


Municipal officials, residents air concerns with FirstLight at MassDEP hearing
05-30-2024 5:34 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

TURNERS FALLS — As FirstLight Hydro Generating Co. advances its decade-long license renewal to continue operating its facilities on the Connecticut River, municipal officials and residents voiced concerns over its potential environmental impacts to...


Craft beverage makers speak to ‘labor of love’ at May Chamber of Commerce luncheon
05-28-2024 11:24 AM

NORTHFIELD — The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s May luncheon, “Art of the Craft,” gave craft beverage makers a platform to share their experiences within the industry and highlight how Franklin County’s craft beverage industry drives economic...


Volunteers plant 50 new trees in Northfield to celebrate town’s 350th anniversary
05-27-2024 11:36 AM

NORTHFIELD — The Northfield Tree50th Project has reached its goal of planting 50 new shade and ornamental trees along Northfield’s Main Street in honor of the town’s 350th anniversary.Organized by five members of the Northfield Garden Club, the...


Pioneer eyes policy to curb student cellphone use
05-24-2024 4:06 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — In an effort to curb student cellphone use, the Pioneer Valley Regional School District School Committee has put forward a draft policy prohibiting use of personal electronic devices during the school day.The school is joining others in...


Residents question second BlueWave solar project in Northfield
05-24-2024 1:41 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — Residents and Planning Board members volleyed questions at BlueWave Solar representatives about farming and its final plans for another proposed agrivoltaic solar array on Pine Meadow Road.The solar company, which already was approved in...


Kayaker’s delight: Best day-paddles along the Connecticut River in Massachusetts
05-24-2024 1:31 PM

By ANNA LAIRD BARTO

Last summer, I chronicled my 68-mile paddle of Connecticut River through Massachusetts. Along the way, I became very well acquainted with the river, its bends and currents, dams and bridges, trees and wildlife — even its sewage overflows! Here are a...


New priest settling in at St. Patrick’s Church in Northfield
05-24-2024 12:16 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

NORTHFIELD — The new priest at St. Patrick’s Church says the community has embraced him “with open arms and warm hearts.” The Rev. Paul Bombardier started at the 80 Main St. church on Dec. 7 after Bishop William Byrne reassigned him from Holy Cross...


My Turn: Not so divided under the surface
05-23-2024 6:01 AM

By JUDY WAGNER

 This is the time of year that I think about dividing daffodils, tulips, iris and day lilies. I know, I know; I am supposed to do this in the fall, when the bulbs, corms and tubers can be resettled for the winter, to rise again to bloom the following...


Superior Court judge denies motion to lower bail in RI man’s Northfield crash case
05-22-2024 6:49 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Franklin County Superior Court Judge David Hodge denied the defense’s request to lower the $100,000 bail set for Ryan O’Farrell, a Rhode Island man accused of hospitalizing seven motorcyclists in a crash while driving under the influence...

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