Ashfield

Gas pipeline opponents to hold info event Thursday

Sunday, April 19, 2015

On Thursday, groups opposed to the proposed gas pipeline will be holding an event titled “What is happening with the proposed Kinder Morgan/TGP gas pipeline now?” This event is sponsored by North Quabbin Pipeline Action (NQPA) and MAP (Montague Against the Pipeline) and will take place at the Montague Public Safety Complex at 180 Turnpike Road in Turners Falls at 7 p.m. People who are new to the issue may … 0

Mohawk towns wrangle over free preschool proposal

Sunday, April 19, 2015

ASHFIELD — West County towns are debating whether to offer “free” preschool next year — paid for through tax dollars rather than by parents of individual preschoolers, whose children don’t qualify for free preschool services for special needs. Unlike other Mohawk Trail Regional School District elementary schools, Sanderson Academy has never had a preschool program. But the families of 25 children have already … 0

Tech students capture honors in statewide competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Twenty-six students from FCTS competed against 350 students in about 20 events March 7 through 9 in Framingham and Upton. Emmett Boyd of Northfield, Kyle Coulombe of West Halifax, Vt., Andrew Renaud of Montague and Brad Sawyer of Greenfield placed … 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

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 … 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 … 0

Buckland raises money worries about Rowe-Mohawk union

Monday, March 30, 2015

BUCKLAND — If Rowe becomes the ninth member town of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District, will that addition reduce Mohawk’s state aid for education and state transportation a few years down the road? Last week, Buckland’s Board … 0

He found gold on the slopes

Sunday, March 29, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The skiing season is almost over and Franklin County Technical School student Nicholas Saladino can look ahead to a summer of his brothers pushing him at the gym, then getting back to the slopes for … 0