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Neighbors: Senior event promises opportunity

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Franklin County Sheriff’s TRIAD program, along with the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office and Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility in Greenfield, will sponsor the Senior Services Health and Safety Expo on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Schuetzen Verein on Barton Cove in Gill. Our neighbor Ray Zukowski said the event promises to give our seniors and their families an opportunity to learn what resources and … 0

Neighbors: Grandparents: Share your stories

Monday, May 25, 2015

Hello, neighbor Many times in my travels throughout the county, I am stopped by other grandparents who have read about my grandsons Justin, Owen and Travis. They thank me for sharing my stories every now and then, and then they share some of their own with me. Over and over, I hear about how much they are enjoying themselves and I have to … 0

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. … 0

Fatal crash details still unreleased

Monday, May 11, 2015

ASHFIELD — The cause of a single-vehicle crash that took the life of the driver is still to be determined by the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section. Also, the name and other information about the driver has not yet been released by the District Attorney … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors will return May 19

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hello neighbor. Neighbors will not be back until May 19. I am headed this morning with my friend Diane Poirier on a cruise to Bermuda. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I can’t imagine we’ll have anything but a great time. See you when I return. … 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