Neighbors: ’Tis the season of giving

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Diggity Dogs Service Dogs, a nonprofit in Shelburne Falls, will tour the valley today to thank the community for another year of support. Diggity Dogs will also be raising awareness for #GivingTuesday, which is today. Following two of the biggest shopping days of the year — Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a global movement of generosity, which began in 2012. New York’s 92nd Street Y partnered … 0

Ashfield Lions Club chapter still roaring after 50 years

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

ASHFIELD — When townspeople think of the Ashfield Lions Club, they might think of all those grilled hamburgers and hotdogs served up during the town’s Fall Festival, the Lions Club barbecued chicken dinners on Memorial Day, or the cider and doughnuts given out to trick-or-treater’s during the Rag Shag parade. But behind those … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the … 0

On the high wire: Major utility line project underway in the region

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Even as work crews begin wrapping up a 2.8-mile stretch of an Eversource transmission line in Greenfield, Montague and Deerfield, replacing lattice poles with double-circuit monopoles, the utility has begun other major line work around the region and … 0

Neighbors: Lots going on in the county, so enjoy!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hello neighbor. There is way too much to tell you about today, so I’m just going to get right to it. Have a great weekend and enjoy the vibrant fall colors, because they’ll be gone sooner than you think. I will check in next week with Franklin County’s … 0

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, … 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 … 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 … 0

Deadline on solar installation moved to Nov. 30

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Businesses and homeowners in Buckland, Ashfield and Plainfield now have until Nov. 30 to sign up for solar electricity systems, at a 20 percent savings from the statewide average cost, through the SolarizeMass Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland (Solarize PAB) collaborative. The sign-up deadline was originally Sept. 30, but the Massachusetts Clean … 0

‘One of Greenfield’s libraries’: Franklin County remembers public servant William B. Allen

Monday, October 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Longtime public servant William B. Allen died Saturday, and town officials and leaders say his passing is a big loss to the town, because he was one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable public servants they’ve … 0

Neighbors: Have fun at Celebrate the harvest Festival in Orange

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to celebrate fall — this wonderful time of year — head over to Orange on Sunday, where at 9 a.m. the Celebrate the Harvest Festival begins at the airport. There will be a car show, craft fair (you can start that holiday shopping), … 0

Letter: The Mohawk team

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Mohawk Trail School Regional School District recently elected me, Kirby (Lark) Thwing, as its new chair and Martha Thurber as vice chair. I replace Robert Aeschback, chair for the last 10 years, who has moved from the district. As I assume this post, I think it’s appropriate … 0

Mohawk pleased with MCAS results

Friday, October 2, 2015

BUCKLAND ­— Although the state isn’t releasing its statewide accountability data until late November, Superintendent of Schools Michael Buoniconti says the results of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test scores show encouraging student progress has been made. According … 0