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Rapid progress is being made on building the Rowe Elementary School, which is expected to open in August. Submitted photo.

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 and destroyed by fire in August 2012, but the fundraiser is for items not covered by the town’s insurance payments, said Susan Samoriski, executive director of the Mary Lyon Foundation, which raises money for education for nine West County towns. “This is on the heels of six other highly successful capital campaigns … 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 them to lose their hair. On Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Madison and … 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 several initiatives that reduced yearly assessment increases to Mohawk towns and shortened the years of … 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

Neighbors: Local woman to study the connection between nature and poetry

Monday, March 31, 2014

Hello neighbor. Another one of our young neighbors has won an award. Carolyn “Carrie” Decker, a South Deerfield native who is currently a senior at Wheaton College — my oldest son Dan spent a couple of years there … 0

Ashfield official files complaint against her board

Monday, March 31, 2014

ASHFIELD — Selectboard member Paullette Leukhardt has filed four Open Meeting Law complaints against her own selectboard, accusing it of: failing to take corrective actions recommended by the Attorney General’s Office for a previous complaint filed by an Ashfield House resident; having 15 sets of meeting minutes that … 0