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This year, Mike's Maze, seen in this aerial photo, is based on the classic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." It features Alice herself, as well as other iconic images like the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter's hat, all cut into the Sunderland cornfield.

Neighbors: Things getting curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland

Monday, August 31, 2015

Hello neighbor. Things are about to get curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland. Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm will open its 2015 corn maze, “Alice in Sunderland,” on Sept. 12. Inspired by the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s book, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” the maze will commemorate everyone’s favorite Wonderland explorer throughout its eight acres of corn. This year, David and Jess Wissemann, the family’s next generation, have stepped up to continue the tradition established by Will Sillin and Mike Wissemann. When David and Jess posted an aerial image of the maze on Facebook, it was the number-one trending post on Reddit for several hours, and … 0

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 … 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

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

Ashfield’s new admin.: Town’s first full-time administrator hopes to apply municipal, grant experience

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

ASHFIELD — The town has its first full-time town administrator, and, although he has 15 years experience in municipal government, Derek Brindisi has his first town administrator position. He replaces Mary Fitz-Gibbon, the town’s part-time executive administrator, who … 0

FRTA proposes Montague-Greenfield line cut

Monday, July 20, 2015

MONTAGUE — Riders on the Route 22 bus line between Montague and Greenfield may see changes as early as this fall if a proposal by the Franklin Regional Transit Authority to discontinue the line and combine it with the Route 32 line between Orange and Greenfield is put … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy some ice cream this week

Monday, July 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. Did you know that the origins of ice cream go way back to before ancient Roman times? Emperors would order ice be brought from mountains and covered with fruit. Over time, recipes for ices, sherbets, and … 0

Weekly Town Meetings, July 20-25

Friday, July 17, 2015

Ashfield Board of Health: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Assessors: Wednesday 11 a.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Special town meeting: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Hawlemont Regional School Committee: Tuesday 4:30 p.m. in Hawlemont. Colrain … 0

School, officials hope to revise Mohawk District agreement

Thursday, July 16, 2015

BUCKLAND — In a way, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District agreement is a lot like Mark Twain’s quote about the weather: “Everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything about it.” The unwieldy agreement has been a huge topic of conversation for years among the nine towns … 0

Neighbors: Reunion planned on Catamount Hill in Colrain

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. The 29th Quinquennial Reunion of families who settled Catamount Hill, an historic section of Colrain, will be held Aug. 1 at Colrain Central School, 22 Jacksonville Road. The gathering will begin at 10 a.m. and there will be a guided hike on Catamount Hill on Aug. … 0

Area businesses implement new sick time law

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

GREENFIELD — The state’s new earned sick time law went into effect earlier this month, but many Franklin County employers say it hasn’t changed their operations all that much. Under the new law, passed by voter referendum in the fall, Massachusetts companies with more than 11 employees must … 0

FRTA discusses disabled bus access

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — At a recent hearing, the public, with members of the Transit Advisory Committee of the Franklin Regional Transit Authority, briefly discussed the state-required Comprehensive Service Analysis and brought up concerns that may affect disabled riders. Before the meeting concluded, Whately resident Barbara Orloski and her husband … 0

Solarize group reaches goal, qualifies for deepest discount

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

BUCKLAND — The Solarize Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland consortium has enough households signed up to qualify for the deepest discount possible on the purchase of solar-energy panel systems — at a $3.40-per-watt base price. With 38 households on board to buy photovoltaic systems that will collectively generate up to 285 kilowatts … 0