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Ashfield Selectboard member resigns

Thursday, April 17, 2014

ASHFIELD — Selectboard member Paullette Leukhardt, who recently filed Open Meeting Law violation complaints against her own board, has handed in her letter of resignation. It takes effect May 1 — two days before her term was set to expire. In a four-page letter, Leukhardt said fellow board members’ “flagrant disregard and open refusal to comply with state law; their continuous hostility and attacks on town citizens ... and their … 0

Neighbors: Easter community meal open to all

Thursday, April 17, 2014

First, I’d just like to wish everyone a happy Easter, happy Passover or happy spring, whichever you prefer. Then, I’d like to get right to telling you about some upcoming events, because there are plenty. EVERYONE IS WELCOME to a free Easter ham dinner community meal at the Greenfield Alliance Church, 385 Chapman … 0

Rowe School going up

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

ROWE — While the $6.9 million Rowe Elementary School is under construction, a capital campaign is also underway to help furnish the new school and pay for items needed for the school library, for technology, the arts, the school playground and for physical education courses. The original school building was struck by lightning … 0

Neighbors: Local students help others

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. Franklin County Technical School senior Madison Lively of Greenfield and some of her classmates will use their skills as hairdressers-in-training this week to help children, teens and young adults who suffer from medical conditions that cause … 0

Mohawk official takes G-M job

Friday, April 11, 2014

BUCKLAND — School Business Administrator Joanne Blier will be leaving the Mohawk Trail school systems as of June 30 , to take a new job as director of business and operations for the Gill-Montague Regional School District. As part of Superintendent Michael Buoniconti’s administrative team, Blier worked on … 0

West County Notebook

Friday, April 11, 2014

Voter registration deadlines are approaching for West County residents who want to cast a ballots in annual town elections and town meetings scheduled for early May. Shelburne Town Clerk Beverly Neeley will hold a special voter registration session on Wednesday so that residents can register in time for … 0

Neighbors: Montague police chief named Elk’s “Citizen of the Year”

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. Congratulations to our neighbor Chip Dodge, who happens to be Montague’s police chief, and who recently received the “Citizen of the Year” award from the Montague Elks. Chip told me that he was surprised, honored and … 0

Winter leaves heaving country roads

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Welcome to mud season, and drive carefully on any unpaved roads. The Charlemont Highway Department has closed a section of Mountain Road on account of mud. Emergency services and the Charlemont Post Office have been notified. Although the closure does not lock anyone out or in, it may … 0

Letter: Hurting farmers

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The problems of these proposed (manure) regulations are that our state government assumes that us farmers are making static decisions when managing our farms. As the article said, if an alfalfa crop gets winter killed, we have to till it up and apply manure to provide nutrients for … 0

Gas leak prompts evacuation at Ashfield House

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

ASHFIELD — Eighteen apartments inside the Ashfield House were evacuated Monday afternoon after a resident detected gas odors and a gas company official later discovered a leaky gas regulator on a 1,000-gallon propane tank. When the fuel company worker discovered the regulator was broken, he began shouting for … 0

Neighbors: Spring has sprung!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hello neighbor. Spring has sprung! The trees and flowers are budding, birds are singing, and the woodpeckers — I’ve encountered quite a few lately — are drumming. So the next time you step outside, close your eyes, take … 0

Neighbors: Upcoming event to benefit children with developmental delays

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Some of the valley’s best musicians will donate their time on May 10 at 8 p.m. in the Arts Block in Greenfield to raise money for three important causes: Mosaic Down Syndrome Association, REACH Early Intervention and The Academy of Early Learning. The musicians are being … 0

Blacks overlooked in Civil War histories

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

BUCKLAND — In Gettysburg, almost 100 years before Abraham Lincoln proclaimed “a new birth of freedom” in his famous address, African-Americans in that small Pennsylvania town were already living their own freedom — as free-born residents, or freed … 0