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The Ashfield Town Hall turns 200 this year and the town is holding a celebration on Saturday.
(Recorder/Paul Franz)

Ashfield to celebrate 200th birthday of its Town Hall

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

ASHFIELD — Ashfield’s Town Hall turns 200 this year and the town will be celebrating the unusual history of the former “New Meetinghouse,” and its move from Norton Hill down to the town center, where it now stands. On Saturday, the town is holding several activities related to the Town Hall’s colorful past. The former meetinghouse was built in 1814 on what became Norton Hill Road, despite a recommendation by an earlier town committee to site the new building at the geographical center of town, where it is now. In 1812, the town hired builder John Ames of Buckland to build it for a sum … 0

Pipeline walk to end with Statehouse rally

Monday, July 28, 2014

With a couple of days to rest after their statewide “rolling march” to fight the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. proposal, opponents are gearing up for a Boston rally in front of the Statehouse, where they plan to present two sets of petitions to lawmakers. The timing, Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., comes just as the House and Senate are about to … 0

Berkshire Gas warns about phone scam

Monday, July 28, 2014

Several Berkshire Gas business customers have recently reported receiving fraudulent telephone calls seeking immediate payment of their Berkshire Gas accounts, by credit card, over the telephone, the utility has reported. The caller claims that the account is overdue and requires immediate payment. Several of the fraudulent calls have showed up as originating from 617-419-5406 in the recipient’s caller ID. Berkshire Gas has reported … 0

Bus fare

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The state budget passed this week by the Legislature will give the county’s sprawling regional school districts a huge savings for school bus expenses by reimbursing 90 percent of the cost — the highest in decades. “It would … 0

Neighbors: Introduce yourself to your neighbors

Monday, June 30, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here I go again, thinking about what it means to be a neighbor. I remember a time when people knew their neighbors. They spoke with them, sat next to them in church, ran into them in the grocery store, talked over the hedges about their days … 0

Ashfield’s Belding Library hosts ‘activist geek librarian’ on July 17

Sunday, June 29, 2014

ASHFIELD — Jessamyn West, called “a mover and shaker in the library world” by Library Journal, will speak at the Belding Memorial Library July 17. The event is a part of a summer-long celebration of the Belding’s 100th … 0

COG reschedules public meeting on pipeline

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Franklin Regional Planning Board have rescheduled to July 24 their first-ever joint meeting to review the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project proposed to cross nine county towns on its path to Dracut. The boards’ original May 15 meeting on what … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy, but stay safe on the Fourth of July

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are just a week away from July 4 and I’m sure there will be plenty of celebrating going on next weekend. I hope you all have great fun and get to spend time with friends … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

ASHFIELD — Two bylaw changes adopted at this year’s annual town meeting have been ratified by the Attorney General’s Office, according to Town Clerk Ann Dunne. The first allows residents ages 70 and older to get dog licenses free of charge. They are still required to get yearly … 0

Ashfield man’s ‘giant’ talk to be taped for TV series

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

ASFHIELD — Did giants once roam the countryside of Franklin County? They may have, according to author and stonemason Jim Vieira. He’s been researching reports of larger-than-life human remains found in the county and beyond, and will present his findings at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Ashfield Town Hall. … 0

Ashfield joins gas pipeline opposition

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

ASHFIELD — This hilltown has officially joined the opposition to the proposed Kinder Morgan gas pipeline. About 200 voters at the special town meeting this week passed two resolutions intended to signal the community’s resolve to keep the pipeline out. “We’ve been working since March 11, our first … 1

Neighbors: Scholarships help students pursue dreams and agencies help others

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Wells Trust Scholarship recently announced this year’s recipients and I’d like to share their names, or at least where some of them are from, with you today. Fred W. and Ethel Dow Wells were longtime … 0

Lavallee named to health board

Sunday, June 22, 2014

ASHFIELD — Karen Lavallee is the newest Board of Health member. She was appointed by the Selectboard Monday night, to fill the seat of Shelly Carter, who is moving away. … 0