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Amid spike in fuel assistance requests, local businesses helping ‘bridge the gap’
01-01-2023 2:33 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — The support of local businesses is helping to “bridge the gap” in services for those in need of fuel assistance but who don’t necessarily meet federal requirements for receiving it. “We were thinking of ways to be of help to local...

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Six-town board votes to draft agreement for potential Pioneer, Gill-Montague school merger
01-07-2024 5:00 PM

By MAX BOWEN

Following a nearly unanimous vote, the Six Town Regionalization Planning Board will begin work on a regional agreement that would combine the Gill-Montague and Pioneer Valley regional school districts.The 13-3 vote at the Jan. 3 meeting was only on...


8 seniors honored for ‘outstanding’ academic achievement, community involvement
12-11-2023 3:19 PM

By MARY BYRNE

TURNERS FALLS — Each year, students from across the state, including in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region, are recognized by their respective superintendents for their academic achievement and community involvement.The annual award is...


Pioneer Valley farmers to receive $10,000 through Massachusetts Farm Resiliency Fund
08-28-2023 4:25 PM

By Alison Kuznitz

BOSTON—Pioneer Valley farms that were flooded out during July will soon receive $10,000 checks from a fundraising campaign launched by the Healey administration and United Way of Central Massachusetts last month.About 100 farms will be awarded money...


Increased rural school aid ‘a tremendous win,’ administrators and legislators say
08-21-2023 5:00 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

Months after Gov. Maura Healey’s initial budget proposal showed a moderate increase to rural school aid, that line item has nearly tripled in the approved budget, in what area administrators say is a step in the right direction toward equitable...


Franklin County schools land nearly $300K for security upgrades
07-24-2023 4:05 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

Four school districts in the region will upgrade their security measures with the help of a state grant.The Pioneer Valley Regional, Hawlemont Regional, Four Rivers Charter Public and Warwick school districts each received Safer Schools and...


Fruit growers confront frost damage
05-30-2023 9:43 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Fruit farmers across the region are assessing damage to their crops in the wake of a hard frost May 18 that has affected many, including grape, apple and blueberry growers.Ian Modestow, co-owner of Hatfield’s Black Birch Vineyard with...


Education secretary hears about rural school challenges
05-09-2023 4:05 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — In the Pioneer Valley Regional School library and on the trails behind the building, Massachusetts Secretary of Education Patrick Tutwiler got a lesson in rural education.Tutwiler, along with two assistant secretaries and his...

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