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Sanderson Academy emergency manager Doug Fields shows off the art room sink and drain that clogged early Wednesday morning, leading school officials to evacuate students to Buckland-Shelburne Elementary for the day as a precaution.  
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Drain fumes prompt evacuation of Sanderson Academy

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ASHFIELD — A chemical reaction of cleaning fluid in a plugged-up classroom drain resulted in the temporary evacuation of about 125 schoolchildren at the Sanderson Academy Wednesday morning. The children were bused to the Buckland Shelburne Elementary School, as a precautionary measure, while Ashfield firefighters examined the cause of fumes and “rotten-egg” odor coming from the drain. “We’d had an … 0

Letter: Kulik deserves your vote

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Rep. Stephen Kulik is a staunch supporter for GMO labeling seeking our fundamental civic right of food transparency. He deserves your vote and re-election to continue his conscientious work to secure Massachusetts GMO labeling among many other worthy issues. There is long-standing truth in the phrase “We are what we eat.” For 92 percent of Americans among the most compelling of issues is … 0

Neighbors: Safe Halloween fun planned for all on Friday

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here we are, just three days to Halloween — you know, when all those little ghosts, goblins and superheroes roam our streets with their parents in search of treats. A few of our towns will have their usual rag shag parades again this year. Greenfield will begin its festivities at 4 … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy autumn while you can

Monday, October 6, 2014

Hello neighbor. Can you believe it? The leaves are falling from the trees as the crisp days of fall nudge us toward the bitter chill of winter. There are only three full moons left this year: the Full … 0

Ashfield cell tower hearing continues to Oct. 29

Friday, October 3, 2014

ASHFIELD — Debate over a proposed cell tower will resume Oct. 29, when the town Planning Board has more information from the town’s Historical Commission and from the Federal Communication Commission, on whether a tower at 1450 Spruce Corner Road would affect endangered species, habitat or any historic … 1

Neighbors: Help for a little cemetery

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hello neighbor. I recently learned of another example of people working together to help make our community a little nicer. Inmates at the jail went to a small cemetery on Bernardston Road this week to paint the old, faded fence that surrounds Log Plain Cemetery. Many of you … 0

Cell tower hearing set for Ashfield tonight

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

ASHFIELD — The Planning Board’s continuation of a 150-foot cell tower hearing for Spruce Corner Road takes place tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. The hearing had been continued to give the developer, Industrial Tower and Wireless LLC, time to find out if the tower meets the … 0

Town Meetings, Sept. 29-Oct. 4

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ashfield Planning Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 7:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Energy Committee: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation … 0

Letter: Health objections

Thursday, September 25, 2014

I have read with interest Diane Broncaccio’s coverage of the proposal by Hilltown Networks to install an antenna on Ashfield’s Town Hall and provide wireless Internet service to about one-third of residents. However, in both of her recent articles, she cites only the aesthetic reasons (antennas on a … 0

Mohawk athletes warned of resistant staph infection

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BUCKLAND — A Mohawk Trail Regional School athlete has been confirmed to have a penicillin-resistant staph infection known as MRSA, and a letter has gone out to the parents of Mohawk athletes, warning them of the condition and of precautions to avoid its spread. “It’s a very common … 0

Last-mile broadband collaboration takes next step in planning

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BOSTON — Now that the state has $50 million to help build out rural broadband Internet access, western Massachusetts legislators met Tuesday with Internet community groups to plan what state Sen. Stan Rosenberg calls “the Last Mile Solution” — how to secure high-speed Internet in unserved and partially … 0

Neighbors: Walk for suicide leaves from Energy Park Oct. 5

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hello neighbor. With the recent news of Robin Williams, one of the greatest actors and comedians of our time, taking his life still fresh in our minds, I’d like to tell you about a very important fundraiser walk coming up. It will begin in the Greenfield Energy Park. … 0

Ashfield voters OK Internet plan, mediation

Monday, September 22, 2014

ASHFIELD — By a 65-38 vote, special town meeting voters authorized the Selectboard to negotiate with Christopher Gray to set up a fixed wireless Internet service, using the Town Hall steeple and town government’s new broadband hookup. After much debate, they agreed to pay $5,000 for extra clerical … 0