Businesses continue to equip Tech machine shop

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School Machine Technology program has another boost from the area’s industry in the form of $50,000 worth of precision measuring tools and equipment to complement the new computer controlled machining behemoths purchased through the business-led fundraising campaign begun last year. The latest donation comes from L.S. Starrett Co., the Athol-based manufacturer of precision tools, gauges and instruments, saws and hand tools. Representatives from … 0

Resignation letter raises Ashfield board’s ire

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

ASHFIELD — Parting may be “such sweet sorrow” for Shakespeare, but not for the Ashfield Selectboard, where two indignant board members Tuesday night fumed against the third member’s four-page scathing letter of resignation. Selectboard chairman Thomas Carter wanted to know why Paullette Leukhardt chose to resign from the board on May 1 — “just hours” before a new selectman would be chosen in … 1

National Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Old prescription medicines can pose hazards for children, and flushing may pose problems for the environment. So, area residents are encouraged to look to their medicine cabinets for unused prescription drugs Saturday for the latest national prescription drug take-back day, with collection locations around the county. Prescription drugs are commonly abused by people they were not intended for. Prescription opioids are now considered … 0

‘No idea who they’re dealing with’

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

HATFIELD — The controversy over hydrofracking of shale gas came home to western Massachusetts Wednesday night, with a meeting hosted by Climate Action Now of Western Mass. to organize against the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline. “These people have no idea who they’re dealing with,” said meeting organizer Susan … 1

Officials seek answers

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Even as environmental groups begin weighing in on plans for a Tennessee Gas Pipeline planned through Franklin and Berkshire counties, regional planners and state legislators are seeking answers about the process for siting a 179-mile conduit between Wright, N.Y., and Dracut, just north of Lowell. Officials in nine … 0

Ashfield caucus to nominate town candidates March 18

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

ASHFIELD — The town caucus will be held on March 18 to select candidates for the town’s annual election. The caucus begins at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall, and it gives residents a chance to declare their candidacy or select those they want to see on the … 0

Ashfield eyes senior housing bylaw

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

ASHFIELD — With at least 20 percent of the town’s population age 55 or older, the Planning Board has drafted a senior housing bylaw that would create standards for multi-unit senior housing within a designated district in the … 0

Neighbors: Support local Relay for Life teams and possibly help a neighbor at the same time

Monday, March 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. It’s that time of year again, folks. Relay for Life teams are gearing up for the upcoming fundraising season for the American Cancer Society. Statistics show that most of us, if not all, are or will … 0

Neighbors: St. Patrick’s Day performance promises to be action-packed and colorful

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hello neighbor. St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching and I’m told Celtic Heels Irish Dance Co. is gearing up for its annual holiday production at Shea Theatre in Turners Falls. The action-packed performance will include more than 50 … 0

Mohawk looks at sharing schools

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

BUCKLAND — Why should Mohawk school buildings be half-empty when its eight regional school district member towns are looking for space for senior centers, libraries, meeting rooms, town offices, police departments and for town records storage? The Mohawk … 0

AG: Ashfield violated Open Meeting Law

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

ASHFIELD — The Attorney General’s Office has determined that the Selectboard violated the state Open Meeting Law by failing to approve several sets of meetings minutes in a timely manner, omitting sufficient detail in another, and in either losing, failing to create or failing to approve a different … 0

End of a sweet run

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

ASHFIELD — The stack of pancakes is tall, and the line of hungry eaters-to-be waiting to get at them is growing. It’s sugaring-season at South Face Farm, where throngs of weekend visitors turning out for pancakes, waffles, fritters … 0

Neighbors: So much happening in Franklin County

Monday, February 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. I have many upcoming events to tell you about today, so I’m just going to get to it. ARTSPACE IS PLANNING its third annual String Celebration for April 27 at 1 p.m. in Greenfield Middle School’s … 0