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Franklin County Technical School prepares to launch aviation, veterinary programs
06-04-2024 5:00 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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Franklin Tech student welds ‘artistic’ bench for French King Bridge
04-30-2024 1:14 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...


What are the protocols for emergency transport of infants?
04-28-2024 3:00 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 documents show Northfield EMS chief’s paramedic license suspended over failure to transport infant
04-28-2024 1:00 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,...


Info sessions to share scope of $15.6M housing proposal in Erving
03-24-2024 5:00 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

ERVING — Ahead of this year’s Annual Town Meeting, two information sessions will be held to share details on an estimated $15.6 million housing proposal from Rural Development Inc. (RDI). The presentations will be held at the Senior & Community Center...


Sen. Comerford talks health care legislation with region’s physicians
03-15-2024 3:55 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Before a room filled with local health care professionals, state Sen. Jo Comerford shared details about legislation she’s filed this session in hopes of bolstering the health care system to “do well by” those physicians and, in turn,...


State suspends Northfield EMS chief’s paramedic license
03-05-2024 5:37 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

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...


Former International Paper Mill in Erving nearing RFP deadline again
02-23-2024 5:01 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

ERVING — The former International Paper mill’s third Request For Proposal (RFP) is nearing its deadline, and there’s yet to be interest, while demolition is “on the table,” according to Town Planner Mariah Kurtz.The $1.49 million property at 8...


Erving town planner to leave in March
02-06-2024 4:49 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

ERVING — Mariah Kurtz never thought she’d work a government job after graduating from college.Having just obtained her bachelor’s degree in sustainable community development at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Kurtz was searching for a local,...


State Rep. Blais and Sen. Comerford to “remedy small towns” with bill
11-10-2023 5:00 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

As a way to “remedy small towns,” state Rep. Natalie Blais and state Sen. Jo Comerford have filed a bill that would allow fire and police officials to work until age 72. Due to state law, emergency services personnel such as police officers and...

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