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Letter: Losing old soldiers

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Once again, it is Memorial Day here in picturesque upper Buckland. Glancing from side to side, I take note of the stately old maple trees that line this route. As a boy, I used to crouch beneath these same trees while waiting for the school bus. Unfortunately youth is fleeting. I see that they are old and bent now, very much like me. You see, time has marched on and … 0

West County Notebook

Friday, May 22, 2015

Health fair Tuesday at Senior Center SHELBURNE FALLS — The Senior Center on Main Street is sponsoring a health service provider fair on Tuesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Vendors taking part include Eye and Lasik Center, Pioneer Hearing, Community Health Dental, Health New England Bone Density, Kip Moeller, foot care, Dena Briggs, skin care, Regional Health Nurse Lisa White and Mo Grossberger … 0

Elmer’s Store owner Nan Parati awarded for entrepreneurship by Franklin County Community Development Corp.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

ASHFIELD — Nan Parati never expected to buy Elmer’s Store when she first came to town for a visit in 2005 from New Orleans — where she also never expected to live for more than 25 years after visiting immediately after college. And she certainly never expected to be presented the annual Haas … 0

Buckland voters back Mohawk budget

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

BUCKLAND — By a 65-48 paper ballot vote, Buckland annual town meeting voters approved a $1.9 million Mohawk Trail Regional School District operating assessment, which includes the town’s share of new costs for the district’s free half-day preschool. This gives Mohawk eight out of the 10 weighted votes … 0

Neighbors: Another chance to help a neighbor in need

Monday, May 4, 2015

Hello, neighbor. First, I would like to send out a “very happy birthday” to grandson Justin’s beautiful mommy Suzanne. There’s going be a benefit golf tournament with shotgun start for longtime local disc jockey Ryan Interlande, who needs a heart transplant, at Thomas Memorial Golf and Country Club … 0

Ashfield approves free preschool 64-13 giving Mohawk its first budget OK

Sunday, May 3, 2015

ASHFIELD — Amid concerns that the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s new “free” preschool initiative would put a beloved community preschool out of business, Ashfield residents deliberated for nearly 90 minutes on whether to approve a $2 million … 0

Ashfield candidates elected; ballot measures approved

Sunday, May 3, 2015

ASHFIELD ­­— About 12 percent of the town’s 1,317 registered voters, 161 people, elected all the uncontested candidates and incumbents in Saturday’s annual election and approved ballot questions supporting capital projects for Mohawk and Sanderson Academy. Selectboard member Ronald Coler was given a second term in office. Others … 0

Ashfield Fall Fest’s Sandra Lilly wins community service award

Friday, May 1, 2015

CHARLEMONT — The Ashfield Fall Festival is not only “one of the most treasured events of West County,” as Amy Shapiro says, it also raises lots of college scholarship money for West County high school seniors. As fall … 0

Heath, Hawlemont get $355K in renewable energy grants

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Hawlemont Regional and Heath Elementary schools will receive a combined $355,375 in state grant money to replace their old oil heating systems to highly efficient wood-pellet, biomass boilers that will save both schools thousands of dollars per year in heating bills. “Both Mohawk and Hawlemont are very … 0

Sen. Benjamin Downing collects four honors

Thursday, April 30, 2015

It’s been a good couple of weeks for Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, who’s achieved a noteworthy degree of recognition. On Wednesday, he was named the Massachusetts Association of School Committees’ legislator of the year for a second time, recognizing his “support and aggressive advocacy for our annual budget … 0

Neighbors: Time to help another young neighbor in need

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Another young neighbor and her family need our help. Five-year-old Langston Mackenzie Secore needs a non invasive treatment for her scoliosis, which she was diagnosed with at Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield. The treatment is meant to prevent or delay more invasive surgery. She’s supposed … 0

Yankee Magazine names three local businesses ‘best’ of New England

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Blueberry doughnuts, Polish food and tubing down the Deerfield River have all been recognized this year by Yankee Magazine as being the “best” in New England. The magazine’s editors said “the moist, slightly crumbly blueberry doughnut represents the … 0

Proposal for Rowe to join Mohawk dropped for now

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

BUCKLAND — Rowe may some day rejoin the Mohawk Trail Regional School District, but it won’t be next year. Acting on recommendations from Mohawk and Rowe’s lawyer Russell Dupere, and concerns raised by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Mohawk school board voted unanimously this … 0