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Neighbors: Precipitation prognosticator: only two or three snowfalls left

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’ve got some good news! Winter is technically almost over and Franklin County’s precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy agrees. Farrah had counted 17 of the 23 snowfalls she predicted early this winter by Feb. 25 and, of course, we had another one this past weekend. That makes 18 snowfalls she has counted herself. But Farrah, who lives in Easthampton now, said she has been in contact with a couple … 0

West County Election Notebook

Friday, February 27, 2015

Ashfield Town Caucus is March 10 ASHFIELD — The annual town caucus takes place on March 10, so that voters can nominate candidates for 14 town positions. The caucus starts at 7 p.m. in Town Hall. The positions up for election this year are as follows. Included are the names of incumbents. All these are for three-year terms unless otherwise noted: Moderator (one-year … 0

Tech School toothbrushes to help spread smiles in Ghana. Turners woman returns for sixth dental aid trip

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Dental hygienist Heather Lonergan has made a habit of spending her vacations spreading dental health in Ghana, and this year she will go armed with toothbrushes collected by the students and staff of Franklin County Technical School. Lonergan said she usually brings 1,200 toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and dental floss. A … 0

Mohawk puts free preschool in $18.3 million budget plan

Friday, February 27, 2015

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee has adopted an $18,364,099 budget for the coming year, a budget that represents a 3.6 percent increase from this year’s budget. However, level-funded education and transportation aid from the state, despite rising costs, mean that Mohawk’s eight member towns … 0

Mohawk towns to vote on school district changes in annual meetings

Friday, February 27, 2015

BUCKLAND — Besides voting on the school budget and on school building repairs, annual town meeting voters will also decide on amendments to the 1995 Mohawk regional school agreement, that may give the district more flexibility to make both educational and money-saving changes. This week the full Mohawk … 0

Neighbors: Nominate the next Peacemaker Award recipients

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice are looking for nominations from throughout the county of teens who are contributing to peace and justice in the world. Having lived in the county almost all of my life, I know there … 0

Happy 250th: Ashfield featured in Yankee Mag.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

ASHFIELD — This picturesque town got an extra birthday present for its 250th anniversary: a five-page spread in the March issue of Yankee Magazine. The article “Could You Live Here?” features photos of farmland, Ashfield Lake, the Double Edge Theatre, Elmer’s Store and Ashfield Hardware. “A tightly knit … 0

Cold weather puts freeze on maple sugar season

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

In New England, the last week of February is usually a time when buckets and tubes can be seen popping up on maple trees along local roads, ready to catch their sap as winter gives way to sugar … 0

Hilltowns face steep Internet costs

Monday, February 23, 2015

While some hilltown residents say the WiredWest broadband initiative is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring high-speed Internet into their sparsely populated towns, the smallest, unserved towns fear that, even with the state’s $40 million “last mile” funding, they can’t afford their estimated share of the cost. Colrain selectmen … 0

Letter: Subtraction by addition

Monday, February 23, 2015

As a server who has worked in Shelburne Falls for well over a decade, I can attest that the addition of yet another restaurant will do nothing to enhance the economic viability or character of the village. The numerous restaurants already established here struggle to remain open during … 0

A cool thing to do

Sunday, February 22, 2015

ASHFIELD — The residents of Ashfield couldn’t have picked a better day to hack into the frozen surface of Ashfield Lake and pull out giant blocks of ice to be stored for use during the town’s 250th Anniversary … 0

Ashfield broadband could cost up to $2.3 million

Sunday, February 22, 2015

ASHFIELD — To hook up the “last-mile” fiber-optic network throughout this town of roughly 770 households, Ashfield will have to authorize borrowing up to $2.3 million for its share of WiredWest broadband costs. But creative financing could keep the town from having to make sizeable loan repayments for … 0

Local outdoors enthusiasts float Olympic idea

Friday, February 20, 2015

Will the whitewater slaloms of the 2024 Olympics take place on the Deerfield River? That’s the hope of local outdoor enthusiasts, and of Congressman Richard Neal, who is pushing for “regional equity” in Boston’s bid for the 2024 … 2