Ashfield

A grocery store worker lines up a row of grocery carts in the snowy store parking lot on Monday  in Cranberry, Butler County, Pa. The Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor of more than 35 million people began shutting down and bundling up Monday against a potentially history-making storm that could unload a paralyzing 1 to 3 feet of snow.  (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

County braces for nor’easter

Monday, January 26, 2015

Katie Boudreau of South Deerfield wasn’t taking any chances on Monday. She said if the nor’easter forecast to envelop the county today hit as hard as predicted, she wasn’t going to be without water, milk, bread and enough canned food to get her through. “It’s New England, we gotta expect this,” she said, as schools, government and social agencies and … 0

WMECO calls in crews to help respond to potential power outages

Monday, January 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Western Mass. Electric Co. has called in extra crews from out of state to assist in case of outages caused by the ongoing blizzard. Those will include workers from WMECO parent company Northeast Utilities, as well as crews from other utility companies and independent contractors. Spokeswoman Priscilla Ress said the company doesn’t expect last year’s closure of its Greenfield service center … 0

Neighbors: Stay safe as you ride out the storm

Monday, January 26, 2015

Hello neighbor. If forecasts were correct, we’re finding ourselves right in the middle of the biggest storm of the year — possibly of the past 40 years or more. The National Weather Service is using terms like “historic” and “life-threatening” to describe the nor’easter, and we are its target. Franklin County could see as much as 2 feet of snow when it’s over … 0

Tech still working toward roof, other renovations

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School officials continue to eye the building’s aging roof. Authority to approve spending for the project, formerly thought to be in the hands of the spring annual town meetings of member towns, … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year’s Day potluck kicks off Ashfield 250th year ASHFIELD — A New Year’s potluck/brunch will be held today in the Town Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jody Hall of the town’s Historical Commission said the low-key event is intended to kick-off the 250th anniversary of … 0

No snow? Ski areas have new options

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

HAWLEY — What do you do with 15.5 miles of scenic cross-country ski trails and no snow during a winter holiday week? Why not offer up those twisting, groomed trails to winter “fat biking?” That’s what Lloyd and … 0

Ashfield selectman ‘crashes’ birthday party with Gold Cane Award

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

ASHFIELD — When Mary Leue celebrated her recent 95th birthday with friends and family at Elmer’s, there was another guest she hadn’t expected — Selectboard member Todd Olanyk — who gave her the town’s Boston Post gold-headed cane, … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and healthy New Year

Monday, December 29, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are on the cusp of a new year — another chance for us to get it right. I hope you had a wonderful 2014 and that 2015 is even better, but for those of you who suffered loss or some other type of misfortune this … 0

Neighbors: Don’t be sad, there’s lots more to come

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Hello, neighbor. ’Tis the day after Christmas, and I’ll bet many of you are finding yourselves in the same places you were just a few weeks ago — elbow to elbow with hundreds of others at stores, this time returning the sweater that doesn’t fit or that gift … 0

Storyteller helps Ashfield kids discover their own stories

Thursday, December 25, 2014

ASHFIELD — For weeks, students throughout Sanderson Academy have been composing story lines and crafting illustrations. They wrote about the troublesome ocean, the adventures of a small chick and rhymes about telling lies. The weeks’ worth of tales … 0

Neighbors: New Year’s Eve in Orange a good time

Monday, December 22, 2014

Hello neighbor. Not a lot going on this week, at least in terms of public events. I’m sure you will all be plenty busy celebrating the holidays with family and friends, so please everyone have a safe and happy holiday. Now that we’re here, it means New Year’s … 0

Neighbors: Take advantage of technology, but don’t let it rule you

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. I just wanted to finish what I started on Tuesday, if you don’t mind. I seem to be on my soapbox this week, so please bear with me. I guess I’m just filled with the joy of the season and want to share it with you. … 0

Mohawk school bus cameras to have audio, too

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

BUCKLAND — Mohawk Trail Regional School District school buses are already equipped with security cameras that record daily trips and any incidents that happen on the bus. But in a time of dwindling privacy, the Mohawk Trail School Committee reluctantly agreed to allow recording sounds as well as … 0