Ashfield

Neighbors: Beloved former teacher still going strong at 88

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hello neighbors. For those of you who graduated from Turners Falls High School and remember with great respect and admiration your former history teacher, George F. Bush — no, not one of our former presidents — try to get your hands on a copy of the Oct. 27 Boston Globe. On Page D6 you’ll find a story about the 88-year-old, who was recently found partying in the Gillette Stadium parking … 0

Letter: Can’t afford to lose him

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Steve Kulik has done much for our district. This area contains some of the most productive farmland in the country, Steve has been one of the strongest advocates in the Legislature for preserving that land, while at the same time strengthening agriculture and the farm economy. Steve has been the leading voice to increase funding for the Agricultural Preservation Restriction Program and the … 0

Letter: Clear choices

Thursday, October 30, 2014

It appears that voters — Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike — increasingly agree that state tax hikes over the last four years have been excessive, unfair and hurtful to Massachusetts families. Under the Patrick administration, we’ve seen RMV fees skyrocket, alcohol and tobacco taxes increase wildly and then increase again. The sales tax rate jumped a whopping 25 percent and turnpike tolls for … 0

Sustainable film fest seeks submissions

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — There’s still time to get your short film into the running for the third annual Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival. Films seven minutes or shorter on sustainable living will be accepted until Oct. 17. The top films will be screened and awards announced starting at … 0

Neighbors: Support a local gem

Monday, September 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. I wanted to take a couple of minutes today to remind you folks of how lucky we are to have a real gem here in the county. I was talking with my friend Judy on Monday … 0

Wi-Fi, mediation on Ashfield special town meeting agenda

Sunday, September 14, 2014

ASHFIELD — Special town meeting voters will be asked to approve or reject a plan to set up wireless Internet service for town center residents, using box-shaped antennas on the Town Hall steeple. They will also weigh in on whether town officials should hire a mediator to help … 0

The twists & turns of history: the Mohawk Trail marks 100 years

Friday, September 12, 2014

What do Metacomet the warrior, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Benedict Arnold and Henry David Thoreau have in common? They all traveled the route that would become the Mohawk Trail — back in the days when the hairpin turn and other … 2

Neighbors: Volunteer to serve the low-income and homeless

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’d like to give another perfect example of neighbors helping neighbors. Stone Soup Cafe will be holding a volunteer appreciation gathering on Sept. 19 at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church on Main and Hope streets from 7 to 9 p.m. where there’s going to be a … 0

3-town senior center has new fundraising resource

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — To ensure the three-town Senior Center has enough money for future programs and for growing attendance, a group of community leaders has created a new Senior Center Foundation as a fundraising resource. The foundation’s goal is to raise money for the center’s core programs and … 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