Businesses continue to equip Tech machine shop

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School Machine Technology program has another boost from the area’s industry in the form of $50,000 worth of precision measuring tools and equipment to complement the new computer controlled machining behemoths purchased through the business-led fundraising campaign begun last year. The latest donation comes from L.S. Starrett Co., the Athol-based manufacturer of precision tools, gauges and instruments, saws and hand tools. Representatives from … 0

Resignation letter raises Ashfield board’s ire

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

ASHFIELD — Parting may be “such sweet sorrow” for Shakespeare, but not for the Ashfield Selectboard, where two indignant board members Tuesday night fumed against the third member’s four-page scathing letter of resignation. Selectboard chairman Thomas Carter wanted to know why Paullette Leukhardt chose to resign from the board on May 1 — “just hours” before a new selectman would be chosen in … 1

National Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Old prescription medicines can pose hazards for children, and flushing may pose problems for the environment. So, area residents are encouraged to look to their medicine cabinets for unused prescription drugs Saturday for the latest national prescription drug take-back day, with collection locations around the county. Prescription drugs are commonly abused by people they were not intended for. Prescription opioids are now considered … 0

Neighbors: Lots of indoor fun this weekend

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Temperatures are rising — they’re supposed to get up into the 40s and 50s through Monday — but it doesn’t look like the weather is going to be great over the weekend, so you might want to plan some indoor fun. Greening Greenfield’s Film Festival on … 0

Neighbors: Local figure skater to sing with her college choir

Monday, March 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. It’s always nice to hear that one of our own is accomplishing what they set out to. Brandi Weyers, a college freshman from Northfield, will perform in the annual College Choir Concert at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., on April 27 at 7 p.m. in Baker … 0

Ashfield wants Internet; some dispute use of historic steeple

Friday, March 21, 2014

ASHFIELD — The 40 to 50 residents who filled Town Hall’s first floor seemed to be of three camps: Those who like Christopher Gray’s proposal to provide high-speed wireless Internet by rigging antennas on the Town Hall steeple, … 0

Neighbors: Spring is here and snowbirds are returning

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hello neighbor. Welcome to spring! I’ve heard from many who have said that it doesn’t feel like spring yet. Well, I feel it. I can smell it. I’ve even seen some green! We all just have to be … 0

Ashfield town official won’t seek re-election

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

ASHFIELD — Paullette Leukhardt will not be running for re-election to the Selectboard in May, but Todd Olanyk has thrown his hat in the ring. Both incumbent Leukhardt and Olanyk were nominated for the Selectboard seat at this week’s annual caucus, but Leukhardt asked that her name be … 0

Biodiesel prices roll back to pre-biodiesel days

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

ASHFIELD — Imagine paying the prices of 50 years ago for heating oil or fuel for your vehicle. Does biodiesel maker Tom Leue have a deal for you. His Homestead Inc. Yellow Brand Premium Biodiesel, which has been selling at $4.50 a gallon for motor fuel or $4.25 … 0

Letter: More info needed

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I am writing to thank you and Diane Broncaccio for the informative article on bringing Wi-Fi to Ashfield. As you mentioned a hearing will be held at the Town Hall on Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m. at which people from the town will be able to become … 0

Neighbors: Ashfield woman headed to Puerto Rico to massage animals in need

Monday, March 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. You all probably know by now that I am an animal lover. Our neighbor Carole Groman of Ashfield, the hand behind Hand & Paw Animal Massage, will be visiting Second Chance Animal Rescue (SCAR) in Villalba, Puerto Rico, in April. During that time, Carole says she … 0

Legislature OKs increase in local aid

Friday, March 14, 2014

For the first time in six years, the state House and Senate have passed a local aid resolution, committing to increase aid to cities and towns by $25 million, with another $100 million increase in school aid in the budget year that begins July 1. “That’s a done … 0

Fred W. Wells scholarship applications available

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Applications for 2014-2015 Fred W. Wells Trust scholarships and grants are now available at high school guidance offices and town administrative offices in Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Montague, Northfield, Rowe and Shelburne. Scholarships are available to graduating seniors and full-time … 0