MICKY BEDELL A utility company upgrades the wiring for electricity on a hub on Deerfield St. in Greenfield.

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 is gearing up for still more projects to improve reliability of the electric grid. And the utility, formerly known as Northeast Utilities, … 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 precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy to see what her predictions are for winter. Here’s hoping ...! … 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, with adolescent treatment among the offerings. The regional Opioid Task Force has said repeatedly that … 0

Solarize PAB ups the ante with incentives

Monday, August 24, 2015

Within a dozen weeks, the solar-energy buying collaborative Solarize Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland has seen at least 400 residents request free site surveys, and 57 homeowners have signed up for new solar electricity-generating systems, according to the PAB solar coaches. When installed, these new systems will provide a combined 406 kilowatts … 0

Neighbors: Community says “goodbye” to longtime service agency head

Monday, August 24, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Wednesday, The United Arc will say “bon voyage” to its executive director of 39 years. Ed Porter has performed a variety of roles in the position since 1976, helping the agency expand and adapt to … 0

West County Notebook

Friday, August 21, 2015

Heath to hire road boss HEATH — The Board of Selectmen will hold a special meeting Thursday, Aug. 27, at 9 a.m. in Community Hall to interview three finalists for the job of highway superintendent. William Cardaropoli will … 0

Weekly Town Meetings

Friday, August 21, 2015

Ashfield Selectboard: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Technology/Finance Committee/Selectboard: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Parks Commission: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Veterans Agent: Monday 9 a.m. in Town … 0

Neighbors: Remember the power your words have and use them wisely

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. I have lots to tell you about today. Before I go into what’s happening in the county, I’d like to tell you about an unsigned note I received from one of you fine folks, and then … 0

Hiker injured in fall at Chapel Brook reservation in Ashfield

Sunday, August 16, 2015

ASHFIELD — A 13-year-old boy was taken to Baystate Medical Center by helicopter after an 80-foot slide down a steep slope at Chapel Brook reservation on Williamsburg Road Saturday afternoon. Deputy Chief Adam Baker of the Conway Fire … 0

Neighbors: Our neighbors are in our thoughts

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. I told you a nice story the other day about a neighbor who was admitted to Baystate Franklin Medical Center with a respiratory infection, who ended up being diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. I’m sorry to … 0

Mohawk Regional School Committee chairman resigns

Thursday, August 13, 2015

BUCKLAND — After serving on the Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee for almost 12 years, Chairman Robert Aeschback of Plainfield announced that Wednesday’s school committee meeting was his last. “I will be moving from Plainfield to North Adams … 0

Ashfield to vote on broadband borrowing

Thursday, August 13, 2015

ASHFIELD — If you wish to have a say in Ashfield’s decision to authorize borrowing for high-speed broadband Internet, the last day to register to vote is Tuesday, Aug. 18. The town will be holding a special town meeting on Sept. 8, asking residents to authorize the Selectboard … 0

Solarize PAB picks up steam

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

So far, 46 homeowners in the Solarize Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland (PAB) partnership have signed contracts for solar panel systems with the potential to generate a total of 317 kilowatts of solar photovoltaic electricity. This is an average of 6.9 kW … 0