Ashfield

Town officials mull Mohawk regional changes

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BUCKLAND — With enrollment in the 250-square-mile Mohawk Trail Regional School District dipping below 1,000, town officials on the Long Range Planning Committee are talking about consolidating elementary grades within the district’s four elementary schools, seeking statewide changes in how Chapter 70 state educational aid is calculated, and dropping the quest for 100 percent regional transportation reimbursement in favor of scheduling high school bus service based on use — not … 0

Ashfield assessment values available in Town Hall

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

ASHFIELD — New property values are rising about 1 percent on average. The state Department of Revenue has completed its preliminary review of the town’s new property revaluation and proposed assessments for all tax classes of property for this fiscal year. According to the Board of Assessors, the new values are based on sales during 2012 and 2013. The average change in property … 0

Hilltown Network getting ready for Internet subscribers

Monday, November 24, 2014

ASHFIELD — High-speed Internet service for residents living near Ashfield Lake could be available by Dec. 8, now that Christopher Gray of Hilltown Networks has found a second place in town from which to provide high-speed wireless Internet access. Gray said he has an agreement with Decker Machine Works at 215 Main St. … 0

Letter: Effective representation

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Once in a while, a politician comes along who brings distinction and honor to his profession. Steve Kulik is such a person. Steve and his wife moved from the Boston area to Worthington in 1976. They built a house here and raised two children. Steve served for 11 … 0

Ashfield Lake House still serving

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ASHFIELD — You can still get homemade crab cakes and other specialties at the Ashfield Lake House seven days a week, because it’s “business as usual” at this waterfront neighborhood restaurant and bar. Owner/manager Judith Hamilton said negotiations to sell the restaurant to Mauricia Alvarez of Conway fell … 0

Ashfield-Buckland-Plainfield file Solarize Mass grant

Monday, October 20, 2014

With 133 households interested in installing solar-electric systems on their homes, the newly formed Ashfield-Buckland-Plainfield consortium has applied for a “Solarize Mass” grant that would cut the cost of electricity-producing solar panels by up to 20 percent below the statewide average. If the consortium’s application is among the … 0

Transportation ‘windfall:’ Mohawk proposes revolving fund

Friday, October 17, 2014

BUCKLAND — With the state paying 90 percent — instead of 60 percent — of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s $750,000 reimbursable school bus costs this year, four member towns have asked Mohawk to refund part of their school assessments that were based on the lower estimate … 0

Neighbors: Flash: Lobster pierogi make debut at Turners Falls Pumpkinfest

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Lots to tell you about today, so I’m going to get right to it. I’m heading to the Franklin County Pumpkinfest on Avenue A in Turners Falls with grandson Justin and his mommy (Suzanne) later on … 0

Buoniconti still head of Mohawk, Hawlemont schools

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BUCKLAND — Michael Buoniconti will not be the next superintendent of the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District, but will continue his job this school year as superintendent of both the Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont regional school districts. Although Buoniconti was one of two finalists for the two-town regional … 0

Will power price spike tilt favor for pipeline?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

When National Grid announced recently that it will hike electricity prices this winter, that was enough to raise some eyebrows. Not only will its Massachusetts Electric customers be seeing their bills jump by more than a third beginning … 0

Mohawk schools MCAS scores climb

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BUCKLAND — With two elementary schools clearly ranked as “Level 1” and its high school and another elementary hovering between Level 1 and Level 2, the Mohawk Trail Regional School system has made improvements on its 2014 MCAS scores. “At (Buckland Shelburne Elementary), our improvement has been extraordinary,” … 0

Attendees eat up the fest

Sunday, October 12, 2014

ASHFIELD — From Vy Nguyen’s plastic tub of Vietnamese egg rolls at the western end of the Main Street festival to the St. John’s Church’s blueberry cobbler tent to the east, the Ashfield Fall Festival has a lot … 0

Study shows benefits if Rowe joins Mohawk school district

Friday, October 10, 2014

BUCKLAND — If Rowe joins the Mohawk Trail Regional School District as a Grade 7-12 member town, assessments for Mohawk’s eight towns would collectively drop by about $94,500, according to assessment projections reported this week by Mohawk Superintendent Michael Buoniconti. But for Rowe, the picture is more complicated: … 0