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Ashfield mulls $2.3 million broadband cost

Friday, August 28, 2015

ASHFIELD — The $2.3 million spending request for Ashfield’s share of the estimated $3.7 million needed for a town-wide fiber optic broadband network will be the largest capital outlay in the town’s history, Finance Committee member David Newell told about 75 townspeople this week, at a meeting to discuss broadband financing. Having heard the pros and cons of investing in this new town infrastructure, residents will vote to authorize the … 0

Neighbors: New book tells story of 1896 Trolley No. 10

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Over the past week, there’s been a lot of activity at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum at 14 Depot St. Visitors have been busy signing a copy of the “Little Yellow Trolley,” a book that follows the history of the 1896 Trolley No. 10. It was written by museum member Marie … 0

Mohawk district, towns seek compromise on Buckland Shelburne Elementary repair costs

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

SHELBURNE — Shelburne officials and Mohawk Trail Regional School District are hundreds of thousands of dollars apart on how much to spend for repairs to their regional elementary school. The difference between Mohawk’s defeated $750,000 capital budget request this year for the Buckland Shelburne Elementary School and a Jones Whitsett Architects’ estimate of … 0

WiredWest awaits state approval of business plan

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) has not yet evaluated WiredWest’s business plan but is preparing to, according to MBI Director Eric Nakajima. The issue came up last week in Colrain, when selectmen and Crocker Communications sales director Bill Stathis discussed whether WiredWest’s minimum broadband service fee, $49 per … 2

Ashfield rollover accident sends woman to hospital via helicpoter

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

ASHFIELD — A woman was airlifted to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield with non-life-threatening injuries after her vehicle rolled over into a dry stream bed on Pfersick Road Tuesday morning. “She was driving down a dirt road and … 0

Neighbors: Visit your local farmers market

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Farmers markets are going strong throughout the county this summer. I’m not going to mention any in particular, because most of you know where they are, especially if you’ve got one in your town. What I want to talk about today is why you should visit … 0

Chinese teens have summer fun at Mohawk

Monday, July 27, 2015

BUCKLAND — Eighteen Chinese high- and middle-school students began their third day at the Mohawk Trail Regional School by learning to dance the Macarena, followed up with “The Chicken Dance.” It was taught to them, as an ice-breaker, … 0

Play ‘4,000 Miles’ runs through Aug. 1 in Ashfield

Friday, July 24, 2015

ASHFIELD — Pauline Productions’ summer play “4,000 Miles” by Amy Herzog at First Congregational Church of Ashfield runs through Aug. 1. In this play, Leo (Theo Gabriel) a new-style left-wing activist, has just completed a 4,000 mile bicycle trip and arrives unannounced at his old-style left-wing activist grandmother’s … 0

Fire marshal: Check carbon monoxide alarms

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pointing to the deaths of four young Massachusetts residents in a Maine cabin over the weekend, the state Fire Marshal’s Office told residents their carbon monoxide alarms may be running out of time. “A similar tragedy led to a law here in Massachusetts that requires CO alarms in … 0

Town Meetings, Week of July 27

Friday, July 24, 2015

Ashfield Parks Commission: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Planning Board: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Website Policy Committee: Tuesday 10 a.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board … 0

Utilities: Electric rates to drop, but root cause of spikes remains

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — After a winter that saw major increases in electric bills across the region, rates have dropped back to more normal warm-weather levels. While those big fluctuations showed up in monthly electric bills, retailers like Eversource Energy … 0

Hawley dairy farm is cream of the crop: Sidehill Farm wins Green Pasture Award

Thursday, July 23, 2015

HAWLEY — “Nobody starts a dairy farm,” Amy Klippenstein and Paul Lacinski were told repeatedly by friends when they told them nearly 10 years ago of their plans to start milking a herd of cattle in Ashfield, where … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy Famous Bill’s lobster pie recipe

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. Many of you — especially those who grew up in the area like I did — remember Famous Bill’s Restaurant on Federal Street — and you probably also remember its lobster pie. Well, one of our neighbors was going through her mother’s things (her mom was … 0