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Three hill towns band together for Solarize Mass grant

Friday, August 29, 2014

BUCKLAND — Buckland, Ashfield and Plainfield are forming a Solarize Mass consortium and will apply for a grant that could save homeowners and businesses hundreds of dollars on the cost of solar-panel installations. The program is called Solarize Mass., and the Clean Energy Center has just announced two new rounds of funding grants, according to Plainfield Energy Committee Chairman Tim Walter. Walter said the newly formed consortium will apply this … 0

Neighbors: Local teens attend two-week craft program

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hello, neighbors. Two of our younger neighbors participated in a two-week craft program in Williamsburg this year and, I’m told, had a lot of fun doing so. Fourteen-year-old James Simpson and 15-year-old Henry Walker-West, both of Shelburne Falls, spent two weeks at Snow Farm Summer, a program of The New England Craft Program. James, the son of nationally known glassblower Josh Simpson and … 0

Mohawk teacher learns from China trip

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BUCKLAND — At Mohawk Trail Regional School, Kathleen Stier is a highly regarded science teacher. But in Harbin, China, she was a celebrity. This month, Stier taught 20 biology teachers at a weeklong summer workshop on how to teach Advanced Placement biology courses to their American-bound students. “I was unprepared for the welcome … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 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