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Ashfield cell tower hearing moved to October

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

ASHFIELD — A public hearing on a proposed 150-foot communications tower for Spruce Corner Road has been continued to Oct. 1, to give the developer, Industrial Tower and Wireless LLC, time to find out if the tower meets the Federal Communications Commission’s rules for environmental review. Under the National Environmental Protection Act, new cell towers are not to be sited where there are endangered species or habitats, in officially designated … 0

Chinese students get glimpse of American life at Mohawk

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BUCKLAND — The 21 middle-school students from Hangzhou Qinghe Middle School loved the shady sugar maples they found growing behind the Mohawk Trail Regional High School. But the taste of the maple syrup itself? Maybe not so much. On their first day of school here, Mohawk science teacher Samantha Lydiard gave students a … 0

Neighbors: Head to the North Quabbin for some summer fun

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was really excited to read last week that the North Quabbin will be getting some help from the state to boost tourism. It’s such a beautiful area — and you all know how much I love the Quabbin Reservoir. There are other attractions in that area: Starrett Museum in Athol, Swift River Historical Society Museum in New Salem and Tully … 0

Neighbors: Away this week

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’m going to make this short and sweet today. I am away from June 11 through Tuesday, so I got in what you had sent by the end of the day this past Tuesday. I’m not … 0

Mohawk lowers costs of summer archaeology course

Thursday, June 12, 2014

HAWLEY — Thanks to a $2,000 Kickstarter online fundraiser and a contribution from the Mary Lyon Foundation, financial aid and reduced tuition are now available for a two-week Summer Archaeology Field Training Program on what was the site … 0

Neighbors: Don’t let a little rain stop you

Monday, June 9, 2014

Hello neighbor. Looks like we’re in for some showers this week, but don’t let that stop you. Temperatures are supposed to be in the 70s. Take advantage of any sunshine we see by getting out into the county. According to those who run the Fishway in Turners Falls, … 0

Ashfield hopes to join solar consortium

Monday, June 9, 2014

ASHFIELD — Ashfield and Plainfield hope to form a three-town consortium with Buckland with the aim of saving homeowners money on residential solar-panel installations. Plainfield Energy Committee Chairman Tim Walter recently attended an Ashfield Selectboard meeting to explain a state program, Solarize Mass, that wants to encourage the … 0

Ashfield Notes

Monday, June 9, 2014

Interim chief promoted ASHFIELD — The Selectboard has appointed interim Police Chief Diane Wilder to a one-year full-time position as the town’s police chief. She will be working for the town 38 hours per week, at a pay scale of $25 per hour. Only one dog scofflaw ASHFIELD … 0

Father and son

Friday, June 6, 2014

SHELBURNE — Like other superintendents during this graduation season, Michael Buoniconti took the podium last weekend to deliver a commencement address to Mohawk Trail Regional School graduates. But unlike most school leaders, the Mohawk superintendent had someone special … 0

Franklin County Technical School students ready for workforce

Friday, June 6, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School alumna Lisa Godfrey told 115 graduates Friday that learning a trade at the school will give them a leg up in their future job searches. “It may not feel like it … 0

Neighbors: Lots to do as summer rolls in

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Hello neighbor. There’s lots going on as this first week of June comes to an end and summer rev s up. THERE WILL BE A GREENHOUSE PLANT SALE at Leverett Elementary School on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please support the school and its students by … 0

Helicopter wasn’t part of pipeline project

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

ASHFIELD — The low-flying helicopter that “buzzed” the Town Hall on Monday night was not taking aerial photographs for the Tennessee Gas Pipeline that has been proposed through Franklin County. It was in town to film aerial footage of Ashfield and Goshen for a television program. Kinder Morgan/Tennessee … 1

Ashfield ‘abuzz’ over pipeline, helicopters

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

ASHFIELD — The Selectboard’s meeting room in Town Hall Monday night was crowded, hot and stuffy, so townspeople opened two doors for a little cross-ventilation — but not for long. Within minutes the hall reverberated with the loud buzz of a helicopter that seemed to return over and … 2