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Ashfield next to weigh in on Mohawk

Monday, April 27, 2015

ASHFIELD — Voters will be asked to spend $352,268 for general government, support capital improvement projects for Mohawk Trail Regional School and Sanderson Academy, and weigh in on Mohawk Trail Regional School District agreement changes at this Saturday’s annual town meeting. The annual town meeting and election begins at 10 a.m. in the Town Hall. Town budget increases include $60,000 to replace a 1985 Elgin Sweeper for the Highway Department … 0

Neighbors: Celebration of birthdays dates back thousands of years

Monday, April 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, I am another year older today. Birthdays have been celebrated for thousands of years, and it seems people are still arguing about the origin of the tradition. I did a little research and found a few interesting facts. It seems scholars have found reference of a pharaoh’s birthday in the Bible around 3,000 B.C.E., but some argue that it’s actually … 0

Elmer’s Nan Parati chosen as CDC’s entrepreneur of year

Friday, April 24, 2015

ASHFIELD — Elmer’s Store owner Nan Parati will be the recipient of the Franklin County Community Development Corp.’s fifth annual Haas Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The award, named for Hillside Plastics founder Richard Haas, honors “business owners who make Franklin County special by balancing entrepreneurship, family and community,” according to CDC Business … 0

Town meetings next week

Friday, March 20, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Library Trustees: Monday 7 p.m. in Library. Bernardston Finance Committee: Monday 6:45 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of … 0

Neighbors: Use all of your senses to greet spring

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Happy spring everyone! It’s time to get out into the sun and enjoy — those cold, grey days are almost behind us. Yes, it will be a little muddy, but who cares after being holdup all winter? Temps are working their way into the 30s and … 0

Mohawk junior wins poetry prize

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

BUCKLAND — Sequoia LeBreux of Shelburne Falls, a junior at Mohawk Trail Regional High, has won the statewide Helen Creeley Student Poetry Prize and will read her winning poems at the childhood home of renowned poet Robert Creeley, … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Buckland tax classification rescheduled BUCKLAND — The Buckland Fire District will hold its tax classification hearing on Monday at 4 p.m. at the fire station on Hodgen Road. The hearing is to determine whether there will be a single or variable tax rate for Fiscal Year 2015. Ashfield … 0

Letter: Bait and switch

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Susan Sakmar, LNG expert, reports: “As of Aug. 28, 2014, the Department of Energy has approved a total of 40.96BCF/d for LNG exports. This is over half of U.S. natural gas production of approximately 70 Bcf/d. The 40.96 approved exports include many FTA only applications, which must be … 3

Neighbors: Father and daughter recovering nicely after kidney transplant

Monday, March 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Tim Ollari is doing well after receiving a kidney from his daughter Stephanie last Thursday. Stephanie says Tim looks like a new person — full of life again. She, on the other hand, had … 0

Set to be global citizen, scholar

Sunday, March 15, 2015

BUCKLAND — Let students take subjects they really care about, and they’ll be more motivated in other schoolwork as well, says Aaron Nelson, a Mohawk Trail Regional School junior whose essay helped him earn a full scholarship to … 0

Scrabble tourney scores for Relay for Life

Sunday, March 15, 2015

ASHFIELD — Though it wasn’t a particularly competitive event, Bruce Lessels of Buckland and Phil Pless of Ashfield couldn’t help placing a wager on their game of Scrabble Saturday afternoon. Literally. Snapping the W-A-G-E-R tiles into place across … 0

Franklin County Tech principal picked

Sunday, March 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Shawn Rickan of Phillipston is to take over for Franklin County Technical School Principal and Assistant Superintendent Richard Martin when Martin moves into the superintendent’s office in July. Now a high school principal in Baldwinville, Rickan earlier worked in Orange for five years and is … 0

‘Fiber Towns’ to residents: Prove you want broadband

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The WiredWest high-speed Internet collaborative has started signing up residents of 32 member towns for “Last-Mile” fiber-optic broadband. This is the first step for “fiber towns” to become part of the collaborative’s fiber-optic network. If 40 percent of a fiber town’s households sign up, it shows there is … 0