Ashfield

Ashfield Lake House still serving

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ASHFIELD — You can still get homemade crab cakes and other specialties at the Ashfield Lake House seven days a week, because it’s “business as usual” at this waterfront neighborhood restaurant and bar. Owner/manager Judith Hamilton said negotiations to sell the restaurant to Mauricia Alvarez of Conway fell through last week. And, although the restaurant is still for sale, there aren’t any plans to change the menu or the decor. … 0

Ashfield-Buckland-Plainfield file Solarize Mass grant

Monday, October 20, 2014

With 133 households interested in installing solar-electric systems on their homes, the newly formed Ashfield-Buckland-Plainfield consortium has applied for a “Solarize Mass” grant that would cut the cost of electricity-producing solar panels by up to 20 percent below the statewide average. If the consortium’s application is among the 10 to be awarded by the state next month, residents and businesses in these towns … 0

Transportation ‘windfall:’ Mohawk proposes revolving fund

Friday, October 17, 2014

BUCKLAND — With the state paying 90 percent — instead of 60 percent — of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s $750,000 reimbursable school bus costs this year, four member towns have asked Mohawk to refund part of their school assessments that were based on the lower estimate of state regional school transportation aid. To address this, the Mohawk district may ask member … 0

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

Mohawk teacher learns from China trip

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BUCKLAND — At Mohawk Trail Regional School, Kathleen Stier is a highly regarded science teacher. But in Harbin, China, she was a celebrity. This month, Stier taught 20 biology teachers at a weeklong summer workshop on how to … 0

Ashfield to vote on wireless Internet

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ASHFIELD — Despite a plea for the Selectboard to act immediately on an offer to provide wireless Internet for the town center, town voters instead will decide to accept or oppose Hilltown Network’s Wi-Fi service plan, using the … 0

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. rejects Ashfield ban

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ASHFIELD — The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. says the Selectboard has no legal authority to deny the company or its contractors permission to survey town-owned roads as part of the research for a natural gas pipeline proposed to run through western Massachusetts. The July 30 TGP letter came … 1

Fall YMCA registration begins

Monday, August 25, 2014

GREENFIELD —Registration is now taking place for the September/October session of YMCA classes and programs. The Y has programs for children as young as six months (parent/child swim/gym classes) to adults in their nineties (chair fitness, balance & stretch, water fitness). Most of the classes run in eight … 0

Mohawk looks again at under-used buildings

Monday, August 25, 2014

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee has asked new school Business Administrator Michael Kociela for a school building study “to determine the most cost-efficient infrastructure.” This new study comes after continuing reports on declining enrollment trends and a superintendent’s report a few years ago asserting the … 0

Mohawk won’t use state bus aid to cut this year’s assessments

Monday, August 25, 2014

BUCKLAND — Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee Chairman Robert Aeschback says the school board can’t reduce this year’s town assessments for the Mohawk school district, just because the state provided more aid than anticipated for busing this school … 0