Ashfield

Nan Parati of Elmer's Store in Ashfield. Recorder/Paul Franz

Elmer’s Nan Parati chosen as CDC’s entrepreneur of year

Friday, April 24, 2015

ASHFIELD — Elmer’s Store owner Nan Parati will be the recipient of the Franklin County Community Development Corp.’s fifth annual Haas Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The award, named for Hillside Plastics founder Richard Haas, honors “business owners who make Franklin County special by balancing entrepreneurship, family and community,” according to CDC Business Development Director Amy Shapiro. Parati, who moved … 0

Hilltown officials puzzle over broadband costs

Thursday, April 23, 2015

ASHFIELD — According to the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, the towns without high-speed Internet have at least through June 2016 to apply for their share of a $40 million pool of state money to extend Internet service — and they don’t have to be part of the WiredWest collaborative if they have another grant-qualifying project for high-speed build-out. But how the $40 million is … 0

Letter: Put a price on carbon

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Each year since 1970, Earth Day has been a time to consider the precious goodness of our planet and what we can do to protect this unique place in our known universe. With 7 billion humans on the planet, CO2 levels are steeply rising. We need to do all we can now to hasten the change from a fossil fuel-based economy to an … 0

Neighbors: French musical at Arts Block

Monday, April 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’re looking for something fun to do next weekend, or the following one, head to the Arts Block on Main Street in Greenfield for the French musical, “Irma la Douce,” which will be performed by Arena Civic Theatre on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday … 0

Gas pipeline opponents to hold info event Thursday

Sunday, April 19, 2015

On Thursday, groups opposed to the proposed gas pipeline will be holding an event titled “What is happening with the proposed Kinder Morgan/TGP gas pipeline now?” This event is sponsored by North Quabbin Pipeline Action (NQPA) and MAP (Montague Against the Pipeline) and will take place at the … 0

Mohawk towns wrangle over free preschool proposal

Sunday, April 19, 2015

ASHFIELD — West County towns are debating whether to offer “free” preschool next year — paid for through tax dollars rather than by parents of individual preschoolers, whose children don’t qualify for free preschool services for special needs. Unlike other Mohawk Trail Regional School District elementary schools, Sanderson … 0

Tech students capture honors in statewide competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Twenty-six students from FCTS competed against 350 students in about 20 events March 7 through 9 in Framingham and Upton. Emmett Boyd of Northfield, Kyle … 0

Ashfield man charged in VA assault

Thursday, April 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An Ashfield man who worked as a nurse assistant in the psychiatric ward at the Veterans Affairs Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System in Leeds is facing charges of assaulting a 61-year-old patient there in January. The delay in filing charges was due partly to the fact … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Library talk Sunday SHELBURNE FALLS — Female genital mutilation (FGM), the practice of removing parts of the female genitalia for nonmedical reasons, will be the topic of a discussion Sunday, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Arms Library. “FGM affects women all around the world, including more … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Shelburne selectmen to meet today SHELBURNE — The Board of Selectmen meets with the Finance Committee today at 4 p.m. to review articles for this year’s May 5 annual town meeting warrant. The meeting will be held in Memorial Hall. Because of Patriot’s Day, the board will not … 0

Making the switch

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Amid pressure from legislators and upset consumers, state utility regulators have eliminated a 15-year-old rule that required electricity suppliers to recalculate the bills of customers when they switch from their basic service to a competitor. The practice has cost customers, dozens of whom are from western … 0

Neighbors: Paint and Sip awakens my inner artist

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. A group of friends and family gathering together to paint on canvas, while sipping their favorite beverages, has become a national trend. In this area, two of the companies that provide such entertainment — at least … 0

Tech School seeks OK to borrow $2.45M

Thursday, April 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School District will ask the residents of its 19 member towns to go to the polls at a special districtwide election June 23 to approve what they expect to be $2.45 … 0