MICKY BEDELL A utility company upgrades the wiring for electricity on a hub on Deerfield St. in Greenfield.

On the high wire: Major utility line project underway in the region

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Even as work crews begin wrapping up a 2.8-mile stretch of an Eversource transmission line in Greenfield, Montague and Deerfield, replacing lattice poles with double-circuit monopoles, the utility has begun other major line work around the region and is gearing up for still more projects to improve reliability of the electric grid. And the utility, formerly known as Northeast Utilities, … 0

Neighbors: Lots going on in the county, so enjoy!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hello neighbor. There is way too much to tell you about today, so I’m just going to get right to it. Have a great weekend and enjoy the vibrant fall colors, because they’ll be gone sooner than you think. I will check in next week with Franklin County’s precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy to see what her predictions are for winter. Here’s hoping ...! … 0

86 drug treatment beds coming to North Quabbin in Petersham

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

PETERSHAM — Athol Hospital’s parent company has bought land in Petersham and plans to open a 86-bed addiction and mental health treatment facility there as early as this summer. The number and type of treatment slots would be a significant addition to the treatment landscape near Franklin County, with adolescent treatment among the offerings. The regional Opioid Task Force has said repeatedly that … 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 Students and staff in the culinary arts program … 0

In the big-kids school: Preschoolers welcomed into Sanderson Academy

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

ASHFIELD — A Sanderson Academy custom has been to hold a “boo-hoo” breakfast for new kindergartners and their parents on the starting day of school; so Wednesday, the first day of preschool, the PTO held a “boo-hoo reception” … 0

Ashfield readies for its closeup

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Last year, m ind-controlling hats were forged by beating a box of rocks with sledgehammers. History came alive and walked around barefoot. There was a fire-breathing CGI dragon in the woods and a toothy, well-dressed demon on the … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Mohawk board meets tonight COLRAIN — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District will meet tonight, Sept. 9, in Colrain Central School, beginning at 7 p.m. School committee members will vote on Rowe and out-of-district tuition rates, among other items on the agenda. Prescreening available for preschoolers BUCKLAND — … 0

Building local: Ashfield Stone rocks urban architects

Monday, September 7, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Ashfield bedrock will soon have a place in iconic buildings in Boston and New York City, where architects — like good chefs — are opting for “local” ingredients. Boston Public Library will be installing roughly … 0