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Ashfield Selectboard member resigns

Thursday, April 17, 2014

ASHFIELD — Selectboard member Paullette Leukhardt, who recently filed Open Meeting Law violation complaints against her own board, has handed in her letter of resignation. It takes effect May 1 — two days before her term was set to expire. In a four-page letter, Leukhardt said fellow board members’ “flagrant disregard and open refusal to comply with state law; their continuous hostility and attacks on town citizens ... and their … 0

Neighbors: Easter community meal open to all

Thursday, April 17, 2014

First, I’d just like to wish everyone a happy Easter, happy Passover or happy spring, whichever you prefer. Then, I’d like to get right to telling you about some upcoming events, because there are plenty. EVERYONE IS WELCOME to a free Easter ham dinner community meal at the Greenfield Alliance Church, 385 Chapman … 0

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 … 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

Mohawk seeks OK for school building projects

Sunday, March 30, 2014

BUCKLAND — At town meeting time, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District will be asking member towns to approve “Phase I” school building capital plans and the borrowing, in 2015, of $1,686,428 for school building repairs to be … 0

West County Notebook

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mohawk-Rowe-Hawlemont school registration The Mohawk Trail Regional School System will offer the following preschool and kindergarten registration dates for the 2014-15 school year. Bring your child’s birth certificate and record of immunizations to the registration session. Buckland-Shelburne Elementary (625-2521) Kindergarten: April 4, 9:30 to 11 and Pre-K: May … 0

Neighbors: Lots of indoor fun this weekend

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Temperatures are rising — they’re supposed to get up into the 40s and 50s through Monday — but it doesn’t look like the weather is going to be great over the weekend, so you might want to plan some indoor fun. Greening Greenfield’s Film Festival on … 0

Neighbors: Local figure skater to sing with her college choir

Monday, March 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. It’s always nice to hear that one of our own is accomplishing what they set out to. Brandi Weyers, a college freshman from Northfield, will perform in the annual College Choir Concert at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., on April 27 at 7 p.m. in Baker … 0

Ashfield wants Internet; some dispute use of historic steeple

Friday, March 21, 2014

ASHFIELD — The 40 to 50 residents who filled Town Hall’s first floor seemed to be of three camps: Those who like Christopher Gray’s proposal to provide high-speed wireless Internet by rigging antennas on the Town Hall steeple, … 0

Neighbors: Spring is here and snowbirds are returning

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hello neighbor. Welcome to spring! I’ve heard from many who have said that it doesn’t feel like spring yet. Well, I feel it. I can smell it. I’ve even seen some green! We all just have to be … 0

Ashfield town official won’t seek re-election

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

ASHFIELD — Paullette Leukhardt will not be running for re-election to the Selectboard in May, but Todd Olanyk has thrown his hat in the ring. Both incumbent Leukhardt and Olanyk were nominated for the Selectboard seat at this week’s annual caucus, but Leukhardt asked that her name be … 0

Biodiesel prices roll back to pre-biodiesel days

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

ASHFIELD — Imagine paying the prices of 50 years ago for heating oil or fuel for your vehicle. Does biodiesel maker Tom Leue have a deal for you. His Homestead Inc. Yellow Brand Premium Biodiesel, which has been selling at $4.50 a gallon for motor fuel or $4.25 … 0