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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 more treatment beds in or near Franklin … 0

Tech school’s MCAS scores climbing back toward state average

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Superintendent Richard Martin said he was happy with the Franklin County Technical School’s growth in the last round of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System testing. English scores were the highest they have been back to 2006 at least, Martin said, with 90 percent of last year’s 10th-grade students scoring advanced or … 0

Ashfield Fall Festival this weekend

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

ASHFIELD — Some come to the Ashfield Fall Festival for the drive through spectacular fall foliage; others come for the food. Some come to shop the juried craft booths and works of art, while others go for huge tag sales and the Belding Memorial Library’s popular used book sale. This year’s Fall Festival … 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

Mohawk, towns take another look at regional agreement changes

Sunday, September 6, 2015

BUCKLAND — School and town officials within the eight-town Mohawk Trail Regional School District agree that the 1993 regional agreement needs to change, but don’t necessarily agree on what to change. Instead of sharing operating expenses, what if each town paid its own elementary school costs, but kept … 0

West County Notebook

Friday, September 4, 2015

Conway tales told in Colrain COLRAIN — Lee Whitcomb of Conway will present “A Conway Genealogist Tells Conway Tales” on Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Stacy Barn behind the G. William Pitt house on Main Road. Whitcomb’s talk will immediately follow a 7 p.m. business meeting of the … 0