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‘One of Greenfield’s libraries’: Franklin County remembers public servant William B. Allen

Monday, October 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Longtime public servant William B. Allen died Saturday, and town officials and leaders say his passing is a big loss to the town, because he was one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable public servants they’ve ever known. “I look at Bill’s passing like one of Greenfield’s libraries just burned down,” said Scott Conti, chairman of the Board of Licensing Commissioners, which Allen chaired for many years after he retired. “He had such deep knowledge of the infrastructure of the town. Any time you run water, or flush a toilet or drive on a road, Bill had a piece of that.” Town officials … 0

Neighbors: Have fun at Celebrate the harvest Festival in Orange

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to celebrate fall — this wonderful time of year — head over to Orange on Sunday, where at 9 a.m. the Celebrate the Harvest Festival begins at the airport. There will be a car show, craft fair (you can start that holiday shopping), food vendors and a parade down East River Street at 1 p.m. The parade’s theme … 0

Letter: The Mohawk team

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Mohawk Trail School Regional School District recently elected me, Kirby (Lark) Thwing, as its new chair and Martha Thurber as vice chair. I replace Robert Aeschback, chair for the last 10 years, who has moved from the district. As I assume this post, I think it’s appropriate to explain some of the key differences between the roles of the School Committee and … 0

Neighbors: Riverside Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival just around the corner

Monday, September 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. The 5th annual Riverside Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival is just around the corner. On Oct. 10 and 11, Greenfield will once again host the popular festival. If you’d like to experience a one-of-a-kind festival with … 0

West County Notebook

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Cluster zoning for Shelburne SHELBURNE — Zoning for future cluster or open space developments in Shelburne will be the topic of a public information meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the Buckland/Shelburne Elementary School cafeteria. The meeting is sponsored by the Board of Selectmen and the Planning … 0

Neighbors: Local photographer captures life at Heath Fair

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Hello neighbor. Some of you may know our supremely talented neighbor Matt Cavanaugh, a photojournalist and professional wedding and event photographer who lives in Greenfield with his wife Nicole and their two young sons. Matt spent three days … 0

Get ‘Hooked on History’ at Mohawk fair Saturday

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

BUCKLAND — Learn about “The Devil Wars — Shakerism in Ashfield, Shelburne and Buckland,” the pioneering spirit of Shelburne’s Fidelia Fiske, the first woman missionary to visit 19th-century Persia, and other local history insights at the Hilltowns History … 0

Neighbors: Garlic and Arts Festival returns Sept. 26 and 27

Monday, September 14, 2015

Hello neighbor. When a group of North Quabbin neighbors, artists and farmers first conceived an idea for an event years ago, the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival was born. It was simply meant to ignite the cultural … 0

Ashfield OKs broadband debt

Thursday, September 10, 2015

ASHFIELD — On Thursday, residents overwhelmingly voted — by more than a 2-to-1 margin — to let the town raise taxes above the 2.5 percent levy limit for the town’s $2.3 million share of broadband build-out costs. This puts into place the financing needed to back up Tuesday’s … 0

Neighbors: All’s Fair in Franklin County this weekend

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Hello neighbor. THE FRANKLIN COUNTY FAIR HAS BEGUN and with it, lots of fun. There will be lots of fair food — Yum! — rides, games and entertainment. You’ll see plenty of apple pies this year because the fair will continue its long-standing tradition of holding an apple … 0

Oil spill closes rest area on Route 112 in Ashfield for two hours

Friday, September 11, 2015

ASHFIELD — An oil spill closed the rest area off Route 112 near the Ashfield-Buckland line for about two hours Wednesday night. Ashfield Fire Chief Del Haskins responded to the call around 11:30 p.m. He said the driver pulled over to flush an oil truck’s valves and during … 0

After big ‘yes’ for broadband, Ashfield voters go to polls today to OK debt exclusion

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

ASHFIELD — Special town meeting voters packed Town Hall Tuesday for a 275-59 vote to let the town spend $2.3 million for a last-mile broadband fiber-optic build-out. Today, they go to the polls for a special election, to … 0

Student restaurant opens at Tech School for school year

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School’s Apprentice Restaurant opens to the public Sept. 22. The restaurant is open for lunch only, Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The menu is posted online daily at www.fcts.org/apprentice/menu.html. Students and staff in the culinary arts program … 0