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Neighbors: Beloved former teacher still going strong at 88

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hello neighbors. For those of you who graduated from Turners Falls High School and remember with great respect and admiration your former history teacher, George F. Bush — no, not one of our former presidents — try to get your hands on a copy of the Oct. 27 Boston Globe. On Page D6 you’ll find a story about the 88-year-old, who was recently found partying in the Gillette Stadium parking … 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 been the leading voice to increase funding for the Agricultural Preservation Restriction Program and the … 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 increase again. The sales tax rate jumped a whopping 25 percent and turnpike tolls for … 0

Ashfield-Buckland-Plainfield file Solarize Mass grant

Monday, October 20, 2014

With 133 households interested in installing solar-electric systems on their homes, the newly formed Ashfield-Buckland-Plainfield consortium has applied for a “Solarize Mass” grant that would cut the cost of electricity-producing solar panels by up to 20 percent below the statewide average. If the consortium’s application is among the … 0

Transportation ‘windfall:’ Mohawk proposes revolving fund

Friday, October 17, 2014

BUCKLAND — With the state paying 90 percent — instead of 60 percent — of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s $750,000 reimbursable school bus costs this year, four member towns have asked Mohawk to refund part of their school assessments that were based on the lower estimate … 0

Neighbors: Flash: Lobster pierogi make debut at Turners Falls Pumpkinfest

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Lots to tell you about today, so I’m going to get right to it. I’m heading to the Franklin County Pumpkinfest on Avenue A in Turners Falls with grandson Justin and his mommy (Suzanne) later on … 0

Buoniconti still head of Mohawk, Hawlemont schools

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BUCKLAND — Michael Buoniconti will not be the next superintendent of the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District, but will continue his job this school year as superintendent of both the Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont regional school districts. Although Buoniconti was one of two finalists for the two-town regional … 0

Will power price spike tilt favor for pipeline?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

When National Grid announced recently that it will hike electricity prices this winter, that was enough to raise some eyebrows. Not only will its Massachusetts Electric customers be seeing their bills jump by more than a third beginning … 0

Mohawk schools MCAS scores climb

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BUCKLAND — With two elementary schools clearly ranked as “Level 1” and its high school and another elementary hovering between Level 1 and Level 2, the Mohawk Trail Regional School system has made improvements on its 2014 MCAS scores. “At (Buckland Shelburne Elementary), our improvement has been extraordinary,” … 0

Attendees eat up the fest

Sunday, October 12, 2014

ASHFIELD — From Vy Nguyen’s plastic tub of Vietnamese egg rolls at the western end of the Main Street festival to the St. John’s Church’s blueberry cobbler tent to the east, the Ashfield Fall Festival has a lot … 0

Study shows benefits if Rowe joins Mohawk school district

Friday, October 10, 2014

BUCKLAND — If Rowe joins the Mohawk Trail Regional School District as a Grade 7-12 member town, assessments for Mohawk’s eight towns would collectively drop by about $94,500, according to assessment projections reported this week by Mohawk Superintendent Michael Buoniconti. But for Rowe, the picture is more complicated: … 0

Mohawk supt. finalist for job in another district, again

Thursday, October 9, 2014

BUCKLAND — Mohawk and Hawlemont school Superintendent Michael Buoniconti is one of two finalists vying for a superintendent’s position for the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District, near his home in Ludlow. “Meet and greet” events for both Buoniconti and the other finalist, Nadine “Tracy” Crowe, were held earlier … 0

Neighbors: Double Take Fringe Festival a week away

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Double Take Fringe Festival will take over eight venues, all within walking distance, in downtown Greenfield again this year. On Oct. 17 and 18, eight shows will be presented and you can attend all of them throughout the weekend with a weekend pass that will … 0