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COG plans to intervene on pipeline

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Franklin Regional Council of Governments is looking into providing legal and technical assistance to help towns deal with the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project. The COG’s Regional Pipeline Advisory Committee, which has been coordinating its efforts with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission and other regional planning agencies, told delegates from some of the eight Franklin County towns along the pipeline route this week that it plans … 0

Ashfield special town meeting Monday

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

ASHFIELD — On Monday evening, special town meeting voters will be asked to spend some “free cash” reserves to pay for winter road-plowing, to set aside $40,000 for the town’s share of the Smith Branch Road disaster-recovery project, and to spend $5,000 toward publication of a third book on Ashfield history, as part of the Ashfield History Project and the town’s 250th celebration. … 0

Neighbors: Busy April ahead in Franklin County

Monday, March 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’ve got a lot to tell you about today, so I’m going to get right to it. Enjoy the week. According to the National Weather Service in Taunton, temperatures on Thursday and Friday are supposed to be in the 50s and 60s. Hello spring! ORANGE SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB will host a Community Music Concert on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in the … 0

Letter: Bait and switch

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Susan Sakmar, LNG expert, reports: “As of Aug. 28, 2014, the Department of Energy has approved a total of 40.96BCF/d for LNG exports. This is over half of U.S. natural gas production of approximately 70 Bcf/d. The 40.96 approved exports include many FTA only applications, which must be … 3

Neighbors: Father and daughter recovering nicely after kidney transplant

Monday, March 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Tim Ollari is doing well after receiving a kidney from his daughter Stephanie last Thursday. Stephanie says Tim looks like a new person — full of life again. She, on the other hand, had … 0

Set to be global citizen, scholar

Sunday, March 15, 2015

BUCKLAND — Let students take subjects they really care about, and they’ll be more motivated in other schoolwork as well, says Aaron Nelson, a Mohawk Trail Regional School junior whose essay helped him earn a full scholarship to … 0

Scrabble tourney scores for Relay for Life

Sunday, March 15, 2015

ASHFIELD — Though it wasn’t a particularly competitive event, Bruce Lessels of Buckland and Phil Pless of Ashfield couldn’t help placing a wager on their game of Scrabble Saturday afternoon. Literally. Snapping the W-A-G-E-R tiles into place across … 0

Franklin County Tech principal picked

Sunday, March 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Shawn Rickan of Phillipston is to take over for Franklin County Technical School Principal and Assistant Superintendent Richard Martin when Martin moves into the superintendent’s office in July. Now a high school principal in Baldwinville, Rickan earlier worked in Orange for five years and is … 0

‘Fiber Towns’ to residents: Prove you want broadband

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The WiredWest high-speed Internet collaborative has started signing up residents of 32 member towns for “Last-Mile” fiber-optic broadband. This is the first step for “fiber towns” to become part of the collaborative’s fiber-optic network. If 40 percent of a fiber town’s households sign up, it shows there is … 0

Neighbors: Recorder reporter to share his photography

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’d like to put a plug in for one of my colleagues. Shelburne Grange is hosting a photography presentation by Recorder reporter David Rainville on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, 17 Little Mohawk Road in Shelburne Center. The event is free and open to … 0

Tech School budget takes transportation hit

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School Committee has approved a $10,159,000 budget, unchanged from this year but with a 5 percent increase in the sum requested from the district’s 19 member towns. The final budget is down $52,000 from the $10,211,000 preliminary budget approved last month. … 0

Ashfield picks election candidates

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

ASHFIELD — Voters have selected a slate of candidates to run in the May 2 annual town election. Having served his first term as selectman, Ron Coler will be running for a second term. Board of Health candidates include Carrie O’Gorman for a three-year term, and Karen Lavalle, … 0

Most Mohawk towns to see school costs rise

Monday, March 9, 2015

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District towns are being asked to contribute 5.7 percent more toward next school year’s budget. The $18.3 million budget represents a spending increase of 3.6 percent, although the towns are being asked for $549,261 more than this year. One cost increase … 0