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Ashfield

The Ashfield Town Hall turns 200 this year and the town is holding a celebration on Saturday.
(Recorder/Paul Franz)

Ashfield to vote on wireless Internet

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ASHFIELD — Despite a plea for the Selectboard to act immediately on an offer to provide wireless Internet for the town center, town voters instead will decide to accept or oppose Hilltown Network’s Wi-Fi service plan, using the town’s new “middle-mile” fiber-optic broadband and the Town Hall steeple for antennas. That special town meeting will be held on Sept. 22 in the Town Hall. Hoping that the Selectboard would vote on the wireless Internet plan Monday night, the Technology Committee urged selectmen to bring negotiations with Hilltown Networks for use of the Town Hall steeple to a “timely conclusion.” They pointed out that negotiations had … 0

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. rejects Ashfield ban

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ASHFIELD — The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. says the Selectboard has no legal authority to deny the company or its contractors permission to survey town-owned roads as part of the research for a natural gas pipeline proposed to run through western Massachusetts. The July 30 TGP letter came in response to the Selectboard’s July 14 letter, reporting that the town had voted to … 1

Fall YMCA registration begins

Monday, August 25, 2014

GREENFIELD —Registration is now taking place for the September/October session of YMCA classes and programs. The Y has programs for children as young as six months (parent/child swim/gym classes) to adults in their nineties (chair fitness, balance & stretch, water fitness). Most of the classes run in eight week session, however many classes will be prorated until they are full. The Y has … 0

Mohawk looks again at under-used buildings

Monday, August 25, 2014

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee has asked new school Business Administrator Michael Kociela for a school building study “to determine the most cost-efficient infrastructure.” This new study comes after continuing reports on declining enrollment trends and a superintendent’s report a few years ago asserting the … 0

Mohawk won’t use state bus aid to cut this year’s assessments

Monday, August 25, 2014

BUCKLAND — Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee Chairman Robert Aeschback says the school board can’t reduce this year’s town assessments for the Mohawk school district, just because the state provided more aid than anticipated for busing this school … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy the beautiful weather

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hello neighbor. Looks like it’s going to be a beautiful week. Temperatures are supposed to be in the mid 70s and 80s, with maybe a little rain mid-week. Get out there and see Franklin County. Can you believe fall is just around the corner? I’m sorry this column … 0

A living sanctuary marks milestone

Monday, August 25, 2014

GOSHEN — Eclectic, whimsical, earthy, otherworldly: these are the words visitors used to describe Goshen’s Three Sisters Sanctuary during the sanctuary’s 20th anniversary Saturday afternoon. About 100 showed up for the anniversary celebration. That reputation drew visitors to the unusual environmental living art display on Route 112 in … 0

Reunion planned for Mohawk classes of 1968-79

Friday, August 22, 2014

BUCKLAND — Alumni of the first 12 graduating classes of Mohawk Trail Regional High School (1968-1979) will gather for a class reunion on Aug. 31, at the Charlemont Fairgrounds, just off of Route 8A, Charlemont. Gates open at noon, and events begin at 1 o’clock. Invited are Mohawk … 0

Neighbors: Grandparents proud of grandson’s award

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Our neighbors Shirley and Don Ward of Buckland were happy to announce this week that their grandson Jared “JD” Jurentkuff won an Emmy Award for an Apple commercial he worked on last year titled “Misunderstood.” JD … 0

Mohawk mulls new background checks

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BUCKLAND — As a new state law kicks in, requiring all Massachusetts public and private schools to get fingerprints and federal Criminal History Record Information for school employees, the Mohawk School Committee is developing a policy on who has access to such information, how to store it and … 0

Neighbors: Team Greenfield wins first annual mayors golf tourney

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. You may have read the story I wrote last week about Greenfield Mayor William Martin traveling to Southampton with several teams from town to play in the first annual Western Massachusetts Mayors Cup Golf Tournament to raise money for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Well, … 0

Hawlemont gardens ‘ground-breaking’ offers public preview

Monday, August 18, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Plenty of ground has already been broken this summer, as the Hawlemont Regional School staff and community have planted gardens, built raised beds and farm buildings, in anticipation of the school’s new farm-based academic curriculum. But a “ground-breaking” celebration for this summer’s school grounds transformation takes … 0

Charter school collaborates with K-12 schools

Monday, August 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — For the first time in its 12-year history, Four Rivers Charter School is collaborating with some Franklin County public high schools to share ideas. The public college preparatory middle and high school on Colrain Road is consulting with the Mohawk Trail Reginal High School and Greenfield … 0