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2nd suspect in Ashfield break-in still on the lam

Friday, October 24, 2014

ASHFIELD — As of Friday, a second suspect in Thursday’s break-in at Elmer’s Store was not yet apprehended, but police were still investigating the incident, according to Trooper Dustin Fitch, a spokesman for the State Police. Meanwhile, Jose Rivera, 42, of Chicopee, who was caught immediately after a store employee called 911, was to be arraigned Friday afternoon in Greenfield District Court on charges of breaking and entering in the … 0

Letter: Our ‘unwavering voice’

Friday, October 24, 2014

In January of 2014, some residents of Ashfield were notified of a large gas transmission pipeline construction project targeting their town and their properties. I am one of the many impacted landowners in that town and I along with many of my neighbors formed Hilltown Community Rights to educate ourselves about the high impact this kind of fossil-fuel infrastructure would have on our … 0

Thieves flee Elmer’s

Thursday, October 23, 2014

ASHFIELD — An Elmer’s Store employee came to work at 6 a.m. Thursday, opened the rear door and turned on a light — just in time to see two men inside the restaurant run out and head in different directions down Route 116, the town’s main street. State police, who were in nearby … 0

‘Sweetheart’ owner wants to buy Ashfield Lake House

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

ASHFIELD — The new owner of the former Sweetheart Restaurant in Shelburne Falls wants to buy the Ashfield Lake House and serve “farm-to-table” foods at both restaurants. She also wants to lease both buildings to a nonprofit organization she is forming, to be called the Siempre Unidas Foundation. … 0

Neighbors: Shelburne man repairs cemetery signs

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hello neighbor. If you happen to be driving along Route 2 through Charlemont, take notice of the new signs at the entrances to its three cemeteries. Les Chadwick, our neighbor from Shelburne, recently replaced the posts that hold … 0

Neighbors: All’s fair this weekend, especially fried dough

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. Has anyone else noticed this was a very long short week? I don’t know if it was the intense heat and humidity or what, but the weekend is here and it’s fair time. The Franklin County Fair opened last night with its parade along Main Street. … 0

Fair thee well

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

GREENFIELD — Franklin County Fair president Fred Steiner barely made it past the stables at the Franklin County Fairgrounds before Adam Martin, of Martin’s Farm in Greenfield, emerged from an old red barn and flagged him down. As … 0

Braving the Limelight: Franklin County Fair's Got Talent

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Jan Morris of Northfield says she has always considered her talent to be writing and singing parodies. She tried several times to get her one-woman act off the ground, but her dreams always fell through because she found … 0

Letter: Pipeline plans

Monday, September 1, 2014

Kinder Morgan has a FERC petition now called “the Connecticut Expansion,” where they are seeking to bypass environmental impact processes at both the state and federal level to reconfigure their existing pipeline in Massachusetts! This pipeline exists in southern Massachusetts, but they are planning to divert that pipeline’s … 4

Neighbors: Falling into Franklin County Fair season

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hello neighbor. This weekend was the unofficial start to fall and we all know what that means. Yes, the days are getting shorter and soon temperatures will begin to drop — I’m not even going to mention the white stuff, yet. But fall also means the Franklin County … 0

Alternative food storage in Ashfield

Sunday, August 31, 2014

ASHFIELD — If you have a garden of any size, now might be the time you’re thinking of what to do with excess produce. Burying it in a trash can in the backyard might be an option. “What … 0

Three hill towns band together for Solarize Mass grant

Friday, August 29, 2014

BUCKLAND — Buckland, Ashfield and Plainfield are forming a Solarize Mass consortium and will apply for a grant that could save homeowners and businesses hundreds of dollars on the cost of solar-panel installations. The program is called Solarize Mass., and the Clean Energy Center has just announced two … 0

Neighbors: Local teens attend two-week craft program

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hello, neighbors. Two of our younger neighbors participated in a two-week craft program in Williamsburg this year and, I’m told, had a lot of fun doing so. Fourteen-year-old James Simpson and 15-year-old Henry Walker-West, both of Shelburne Falls, spent two weeks at Snow Farm Summer, a program of … 0