Ashfield

Nan Parati of Elmer's Store in Ashfield. Recorder/Paul Franz

Elmer’s Nan Parati chosen as CDC’s entrepreneur of year

Friday, April 24, 2015

ASHFIELD — Elmer’s Store owner Nan Parati will be the recipient of the Franklin County Community Development Corp.’s fifth annual Haas Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The award, named for Hillside Plastics founder Richard Haas, honors “business owners who make Franklin County special by balancing entrepreneurship, family and community,” according to CDC Business Development Director Amy Shapiro. Parati, who moved … 0

Hilltown officials puzzle over broadband costs

Thursday, April 23, 2015

ASHFIELD — According to the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, the towns without high-speed Internet have at least through June 2016 to apply for their share of a $40 million pool of state money to extend Internet service — and they don’t have to be part of the WiredWest collaborative if they have another grant-qualifying project for high-speed build-out. But how the $40 million is … 0

Letter: Put a price on carbon

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Each year since 1970, Earth Day has been a time to consider the precious goodness of our planet and what we can do to protect this unique place in our known universe. With 7 billion humans on the planet, CO2 levels are steeply rising. We need to do all we can now to hasten the change from a fossil fuel-based economy to an … 1

Neighbors: Time to be recognized

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m glad to be back, though I couldn’t believe what I saw when I stepped out of my apartment Thursday morning. I thought the days of that white stuff were done — and what little is … 0

Mohawk warned to meet accreditation standards

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BUCKLAND — The New England Association of Schools and Colleges Inc. (NEASC) has given Mohawk Trail Regional High School until Dec. 15 to write a “Special Progress Report” that puts into place four changes that would take Mohawk off of a “warning status” concerning criteria for student learning … 1

Solarize consortium delayed by installer selection process

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

There will be a three-month delay for residents in Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland who have signed up to install solar-electric panels on their homes. Negotiations fell through with the installer the chosen through the cooperative Solarize Mass. photovoltaic program. “Unfortunately, it was not possible to partner with an … 0

Mohawk school board meeting postponed

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

ASHFIELD — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday at Sanderson Academy was postponed to April 15, in anticipation of sleet and freezing rain. The April 15 meeting will be held at Sanderson, beginning at 7 p.m. … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Buckland board meets Thursday BUCKLAND — The Board of Selectmen will hold a special meeting Thursday to discuss concerns with school officials about proposed regional agreement changes and a plan to offer free preschool in the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s elementary schools. Last week, selectmen sent a … 0

Where the funding meets the road

Monday, April 6, 2015

With a six-year, $478 billion federal transportation bill released recently to help close an estimated $1 trillion gap in the nation’s highway and bridge infrastructure and improve rail and public transit, a Franklin County group is scheduling an informational meeting as part of a “Stand Up for Transportation … 2

Wipers on, lights on

Monday, April 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Today’s forecasted rain showers could put a new law to the test. Starting today, state law requires drivers to turn on their headlights whenever they need to use their windshield wipers, and whenever visibility is less than 500 feet. Previously, headlight use had been required from … 1

Neighbors: Turning pollution into art

Monday, April 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. Several months ago I told you the Connecticut River Watershed was looking for artists who would turn trash found in the watershed into art. Well, CRW found the artists and their art is on display now through May 27 at Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue … 0

Ashfield administrator to leave this summer

Sunday, April 5, 2015

ASHFIELD — The town was still recovering from a police chief controversy and a spate of town official resignations in 2010 when Mary Fitz-Gibbon of Ashfield temporarily stepped in to fill a vacant administrative job that October. But as that temporary job is stretching into its fifth year, … 0

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 … 0