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Town officials mull Mohawk regional changes

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BUCKLAND — With enrollment in the 250-square-mile Mohawk Trail Regional School District dipping below 1,000, town officials on the Long Range Planning Committee are talking about consolidating elementary grades within the district’s four elementary schools, seeking statewide changes in how Chapter 70 state educational aid is calculated, and dropping the quest for 100 percent regional transportation reimbursement in favor of scheduling high school bus service based on use — not … 0

Ashfield assessment values available in Town Hall

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

ASHFIELD — New property values are rising about 1 percent on average. The state Department of Revenue has completed its preliminary review of the town’s new property revaluation and proposed assessments for all tax classes of property for this fiscal year. According to the Board of Assessors, the new values are based on sales during 2012 and 2013. The average change in property … 0

Hilltown Network getting ready for Internet subscribers

Monday, November 24, 2014

ASHFIELD — High-speed Internet service for residents living near Ashfield Lake could be available by Dec. 8, now that Christopher Gray of Hilltown Networks has found a second place in town from which to provide high-speed wireless Internet access. Gray said he has an agreement with Decker Machine Works at 215 Main St. … 0

Mohawk supt. finalist for job in another district, again

Thursday, October 9, 2014

BUCKLAND — Mohawk and Hawlemont school Superintendent Michael Buoniconti is one of two finalists vying for a superintendent’s position for the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District, near his home in Ludlow. “Meet and greet” events for both Buoniconti and the other finalist, Nadine “Tracy” Crowe, were held earlier … 0

Neighbors: Double Take Fringe Festival a week away

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Double Take Fringe Festival will take over eight venues, all within walking distance, in downtown Greenfield again this year. On Oct. 17 and 18, eight shows will be presented and you can attend all of them throughout the weekend with a weekend pass that will … 0

Letter: All about water

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Water is in danger all over the U.S. Drought conditions are intensifying and reservoirs are drying up in the west. In Texas, whole communities are without water. Only 2.5 percent of the world’s water is drinkable. Obscenely wealthy investment interests are gaining private control of water as a … 1

Mohawk mulls bill for 4-day school week

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BUCKLAND — While any prospect of a four-day school week is still several years away, Superintendent Michael Buoniconti has asked the Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee to let state Rep. Paul Mark file special legislation that could make … 0

FRCOG hopes to build online disaster map

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BUCKLAND — When Tropical Storm Irene pounded Franklin County, emergency responders and isolated residents cut off by storm damage suddenly found a new use for Twitter and Facebook on their cellphones: asking others about, and reporting on local washouts, flooding and downed trees. Now, the Franklin Regional Council … 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