Ashfield

Franklin County Technical School Superintendent Richard Martin. Recorder/Paul Franz

Tech school adds college-prep, AP courses

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Classes started this week at Franklin County Technical School for the 38th time, but for the first time with advanced college placement classes. The Technical School this year added junior and senior AP English classes and an AP statistics class to its academic program, and an AP computer science class in the programming and Web design vocational shop. Superintendent Richard “Rick” Martin said the absence has been felt in the past. “A lot of our students over the years have inquired, and their parents have inquired, why don’t we have advanced placement courses, and we needed to build a foundation and to … 0

Wildcat O'Halloran: Mind, body and soul

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

He’s a “cool cat” who likes drinking with the Harp Girls, worships the ground she walks on all while she walks all over him and recently went on a midnight service call that didn’t exactly turn out as he’d hoped — or did it? He’s Wildcat O’Halloran, the charming, boisterous, contemporary blues singer-songwriter … 0

Neighbors: Things getting curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland

Monday, August 31, 2015

Hello neighbor. Things are about to get curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland. Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm will open its 2015 corn maze, “Alice in Sunderland,” on Sept. 12. Inspired by the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s book, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” the maze will commemorate everyone’s favorite Wonderland explorer throughout its eight … 0

Ashfield mulls $2.3 million broadband cost

Friday, August 28, 2015

ASHFIELD — The $2.3 million spending request for Ashfield’s share of the estimated $3.7 million needed for a town-wide fiber optic broadband network will be the largest capital outlay in the town’s history, Finance Committee member David Newell told about 75 townspeople this week, at a meeting to … 0

Neighbors: New book tells story of 1896 Trolley No. 10

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Over the past week, there’s been a lot of activity at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum at 14 Depot St. Visitors have been busy signing a copy of the “Little Yellow Trolley,” a book that follows … 0

Mohawk district, towns seek compromise on Buckland Shelburne Elementary repair costs

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

SHELBURNE — Shelburne officials and Mohawk Trail Regional School District are hundreds of thousands of dollars apart on how much to spend for repairs to their regional elementary school. The difference between Mohawk’s defeated $750,000 capital budget request … 0

Solarize PAB ups the ante with incentives

Monday, August 24, 2015

Within a dozen weeks, the solar-energy buying collaborative Solarize Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland has seen at least 400 residents request free site surveys, and 57 homeowners have signed up for new solar electricity-generating systems, according to the PAB solar coaches. When installed, these new systems will provide a combined 406 kilowatts … 0

Neighbors: Community says “goodbye” to longtime service agency head

Monday, August 24, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Wednesday, The United Arc will say “bon voyage” to its executive director of 39 years. Ed Porter has performed a variety of roles in the position since 1976, helping the agency expand and adapt to … 0

West County Notebook

Friday, August 21, 2015

Heath to hire road boss HEATH — The Board of Selectmen will hold a special meeting Thursday, Aug. 27, at 9 a.m. in Community Hall to interview three finalists for the job of highway superintendent. William Cardaropoli will … 0

Weekly Town Meetings

Friday, August 21, 2015

Ashfield Selectboard: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Technology/Finance Committee/Selectboard: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Parks Commission: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Veterans Agent: Monday 9 a.m. in Town … 0

Neighbors: Remember the power your words have and use them wisely

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. I have lots to tell you about today. Before I go into what’s happening in the county, I’d like to tell you about an unsigned note I received from one of you fine folks, and then … 0

Hiker injured in fall at Chapel Brook reservation in Ashfield

Sunday, August 16, 2015

ASHFIELD — A 13-year-old boy was taken to Baystate Medical Center by helicopter after an 80-foot slide down a steep slope at Chapel Brook reservation on Williamsburg Road Saturday afternoon. Deputy Chief Adam Baker of the Conway Fire … 0

Neighbors: Our neighbors are in our thoughts

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. I told you a nice story the other day about a neighbor who was admitted to Baystate Franklin Medical Center with a respiratory infection, who ended up being diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. I’m sorry to … 0