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Ashfield

Town officials mull Mohawk regional changes

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BUCKLAND — With enrollment in the 250-square-mile Mohawk Trail Regional School District dipping below 1,000, town officials on the Long Range Planning Committee are talking about consolidating elementary grades within the district’s four elementary schools, seeking statewide changes in how Chapter 70 state educational aid is calculated, and dropping the quest for 100 percent regional transportation reimbursement in favor of scheduling high school bus service based on use — not … 0

Ashfield assessment values available in Town Hall

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

ASHFIELD — New property values are rising about 1 percent on average. The state Department of Revenue has completed its preliminary review of the town’s new property revaluation and proposed assessments for all tax classes of property for this fiscal year. According to the Board of Assessors, the new values are based on sales during 2012 and 2013. The average change in property … 0

Hilltown Network getting ready for Internet subscribers

Monday, November 24, 2014

ASHFIELD — High-speed Internet service for residents living near Ashfield Lake could be available by Dec. 8, now that Christopher Gray of Hilltown Networks has found a second place in town from which to provide high-speed wireless Internet access. Gray said he has an agreement with Decker Machine Works at 215 Main St. … 0

Letter: Can’t afford to lose him

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Steve Kulik has done much for our district. This area contains some of the most productive farmland in the country, Steve has been one of the strongest advocates in the Legislature for preserving that land, while at the same time strengthening agriculture and the farm economy. Steve has … 0

Letter: Clear choices

Thursday, October 30, 2014

It appears that voters — Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike — increasingly agree that state tax hikes over the last four years have been excessive, unfair and hurtful to Massachusetts families. Under the Patrick administration, we’ve seen RMV fees skyrocket, alcohol and tobacco taxes increase wildly and then … 0

Drain fumes prompt evacuation of Sanderson Academy

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ASHFIELD — A chemical reaction of cleaning fluid in a plugged-up classroom drain resulted in the temporary evacuation of about 125 schoolchildren at the Sanderson Academy Wednesday morning. The children were bused to the Buckland Shelburne Elementary School, … 0

Letter: Kulik deserves your vote

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Rep. Stephen Kulik is a staunch supporter for GMO labeling seeking our fundamental civic right of food transparency. He deserves your vote and re-election to continue his conscientious work to secure Massachusetts GMO labeling among many other worthy issues. There is long-standing truth in the phrase “We are … 0

Neighbors: Safe Halloween fun planned for all on Friday

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here we are, just three days to Halloween — you know, when all those little ghosts, goblins and superheroes roam our streets with their parents in search of treats. A few of our towns will have … 0

2nd suspect in Ashfield break-in still on the lam

Friday, October 24, 2014

ASHFIELD — As of Friday, a second suspect in Thursday’s break-in at Elmer’s Store was not yet apprehended, but police were still investigating the incident, according to Trooper Dustin Fitch, a spokesman for the State Police. Meanwhile, Jose Rivera, 42, of Chicopee, who was caught immediately after a … 0

Letter: Our ‘unwavering voice’

Friday, October 24, 2014

In January of 2014, some residents of Ashfield were notified of a large gas transmission pipeline construction project targeting their town and their properties. I am one of the many impacted landowners in that town and I along with many of my neighbors formed Hilltown Community Rights to … 1

Thieves flee Elmer’s

Thursday, October 23, 2014

ASHFIELD — An Elmer’s Store employee came to work at 6 a.m. Thursday, opened the rear door and turned on a light — just in time to see two men inside the restaurant run out and head in … 1

Neighbors: Local 2015 calendars offer variety

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hello, neighbor. It’s that time of year — 2015 calendars are here and it’s time for you to decide what you’d like hanging on your wall for 12 months. If you are interested in local history, trains or … 0

Letter: Climate legislation

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Many people who participated in the Climate March in New York City last month came back convinced that now is the time for our nation and the world to end the burning of fossil fuels. Yet the scope of the problem seems to defy solution. Citizens’ Climate Lobby … 0