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Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the way, has always been my favorite, is … 0

Neighbors: Local youngster learn about and teach composting

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Fourth-grade students at The Discovery School at Four Corners recently learned about taking notes, paragraphing, composing informational text, and formulating an opinion through a study of composting, according to their teacher Marguerite Rancourt. All students read a nonfiction text, article and editorial in The Recorder. In addition, they viewed and took … 0

‘Solarize PAB’ installations underway

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland residents have signed up for 104 solar photovoltaic energy systems through the Solarize PAB (Plainfield Ashfield Buckland) purchasing collective, which will result in about 800 kilowatts of solar-produced energy to be produced in these three small towns. Residents have until Nov. 30 to join the three-town Solarize PAB collective, … 0

West County Notebook

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Charlemont selectman candidates sought CHARLEMONT — Selectman David Cunningham is moving out of town and has announced his resignation. Cunningham has been on the board for four years, and his current term was to expire in 2017. Nomination papers for a special election in December are now available … 0

Neighbors: Nana’s Attic might just have what you’ve been looking for

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Paula Betters was appointed director of the Erving Senior Community Center this past summer, and she said they’re having a lot of fun in Erving. Paula said as the center prepares for its Holiday Bazaar, she had the “crazy notion” (her playful words) to … 0

Dual clinic Saturday for pets and people

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Here’s a chance to get both your family’s flu shots and your pets’ rabies vaccination all in one place: At the Cooperative Public Health Service Flu Clinic and Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Saturday, Oct. 31, from … 0

West County Notebook

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Carroll leaves Ashfield FinCom ASHFIELD — Ricki Carroll has stepped down from the town Finance Committee, after serving on the board for four years. The Selectboard accepted her resignation with regret last week, saying that it will be … 0

Solarize PAB installations begin

Friday, October 23, 2015

Solar electricity systems sold through the Solarize Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland (Solarize PAB) program are now being installed, and installation presentations will be held on today at homes in Ashfield and Buckland. Currently, four systems have been installed in the three towns. The Solarize PAB team and its installer partner, Direct … 0

Ashfield stonemason brothers featured in TV special

Friday, October 23, 2015

ASHFIELD — Ashfield’s Vieira brothers — the stonemasons whose search for the remains of ancient giants was made into a six-part TV series last year — will be appearing in a new History Channel, two-hour TV special on … 0

Food plan aims to grow economy, community

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A Massachusetts Local Food Action plan being released today calls for the state to take steps to beef up agriculture and food production as a way to not only enhance the local food supply, but also to improve … 0

Neighbors: Greenfield library’s got some bargains this weekend

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. It has been a really busy week for me, so I’m going to get right to it. Have a great weekend! FRIENDS OF GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY will hold its October Book Sale on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be an abundance of … 0

Ashfield narrows broadband options

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

ASHFIELD — After an hour’s discussion with the town Broadband Committee and finance board chairman, the Selectboard voted to focus on the Massachusetts Broadband Institute’s regional “fiber-to-the-home network” as Ashfield’s best option for high-speed bandwidth, maximum state financial … 0

Ashfield’s new admin. is in the wind: Derek Brindisi leaving for position in Plymouth

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

ASHFIELD — Four months after starting his new job as town administrator, Derek Brindisi has been lured away to a new job that pays almost $30,000 more per year than he would earn here. Brindisi, who submitted his … 0