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Neighbors: We dodged the blizzard bullet and now back to daily life

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, we dodged another bullet this week — gotta love the storm that wasn’t. Hope you all had a nice snow day and got to do some of the things you typically can’t because of work and other responsibilities. Have a great weekend! GIRL SCOUT TROOP 12926 will be back out selling cookies, so be on the lookout. Scouts will be at Scotty’s on the Hill in Turners … 0

Letter: Time for carbon fee

Thursday, January 29, 2015

“Cheap gas hurts U.S. energy efforts” says Recorder editor, Tim Blagg in his Jan. 19 column. He asserts that our dependence on oil from the Middle East has driven foreign policy in the region. This is certainly true. It’s been the subtext for justifying two costly wars in the Persian Gulf. Blagg also observes that when the price of oil and gas goes … 0

‘The Dixie Swim Club’

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

TV sitcoms are rich in girlfriends — Ethel and Lucy, Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw and her 30-something pals, or the 20-somethings of “Friends” and HBO’s “Girls.” Now picture all those close gal-pals 20 to 40 years later and you could have the makings of “The Dixie Swim Club.” Five local actresses … 0

Ashfield lawyer celebrates Gitmo release

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

ASHFIELD — For the first time in 10 years, Ashfield lawyer Stewart “Buz” Eisenberg has no Guantanamo prisoner clients. With the transfer of 35-year-old Palestinian prisoner Mohammed Abdullah Taha Mattan to Uruguay, along with five other prisoners held … 0

Survey finds too little affordable housing in Franklin County, especially for poorest residents

Monday, December 8, 2014

Since her husband died a year and a half ago, “Marion,” as we’ll call her, has been struggling with how to afford to keep living in their seven-room home in northern Franklin County. Rather than use her savings … 0

Expert: Rural communities need extra help providing affordable homes

Monday, December 8, 2014

With what she called “fairly significant low- and moderate-income” populations and a steadily increasing over-65 population — along with an older stock of overwhelmingly single-family homes — rural communities like those in Franklin County need help in providing affordable housing, a consultant has told regional planners. The quasi-governmental … 0

Neighbors: Santa to call kids on Dec. 22

Monday, December 8, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are quickly approaching the holidays and that means children will once again this year have the opportunity to receive a call from Santa. The Scottish Rite Masons in the Valley of Greenfield will be making “Telephone Calls from Santa Claus” on Dec. 22. Last year … 0

Mohawk may ask Rowe to join 8-town district

Monday, December 8, 2014

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee will vote Wednesday to ask Rowe to join Mohawk as a Grade 7 through 12 member town that will have a vote on secondary education policies and pay an assessment instead of tuition for its students to go to Mohawk. … 0

Neighbors: Give to local nonprofits through Valley Gives on Wednesday

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. It’s time again for Valley Gives. Through Valley Gives, nonprofits raise money for all sorts of programs and projects, and you can help. When you visit its website on Wednesday, you’ll be able to donate to some of your favorites. Let’s see how far its third … 0

Neighbors: Prognosticator sees 23 snowfalls this season

Monday, December 1, 2014

Hello neighbor. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I spent a lovely day with my three grandsons and sister’s family. I heard from our precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy. Her prediction is 23 snowfalls this winter. We’ve already had one, so only 22 to go, if she’s correct. … 0

West Notebook

Monday, December 1, 2014

Concert and caroling Sunday ASHFIELD — A Family Carol Sing will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Ashfield Community Hall. The Ashfield Community Band and the Ashtones will perform Christmas Carols and the whole audience is invited to sing along. The concert is free with a … 0

Winter hours for household hazardous waste drop-off sites

Sunday, November 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — Franklin County Solid Waste Management District’s household hazardous waste drop-off sites, while open year-round, are about to shift to winter hours. These permanent “Supersites” are located in Bernardston, Colrain and Conway. The Bernardston facility, located at the town transfer station on Nelson Drive (off Merrifield Road), … 0

Think before you wrap and unwrap: Recycling tips for the holidays

Friday, November 28, 2014

During the holidays, the average American family throws away up to 10 additional bags of trash. In towns that require “Pay-As-You-Throw” town trash bags, those 10 additional trash bags would cost $15 to $30, depending on the town. A large portion of this trash is generated from wrapping … 0