Ashfield

Neighbors: Nominate the next Peacemaker Award recipients

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice are looking for nominations from throughout the county of teens who are contributing to peace and justice in the world. Having lived in the county almost all of my life, I know there are plenty of nominees out there, so if you know of a young person who is in 8th grade or above, please … 0

Happy 250th: Ashfield featured in Yankee Mag.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

ASHFIELD — This picturesque town got an extra birthday present for its 250th anniversary: a five-page spread in the March issue of Yankee Magazine. The article “Could You Live Here?” features photos of farmland, Ashfield Lake, the Double Edge Theatre, Elmer’s Store and Ashfield Hardware. “A tightly knit community of artists and artisans give a pretty hill town a creative energy like few … 0

Cold weather puts freeze on maple sugar season

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

In New England, the last week of February is usually a time when buckets and tubes can be seen popping up on maple trees along local roads, ready to catch their sap as winter gives way to sugar season, a harbinger of spring. But for Howard Boyden, the owner of Boyden Brothers Maple … 0

Letter: Keep it up

Thursday, January 15, 2015

I appreciate all your efforts. Each day I look forward to reading the editorials; it’s good to know what others are thinking and show concern about. Tom Bevacqua’s commentary on the weather is amusing and love the photographs. Great scenes captured! Everyone keep up the great work! JOANNE … 0

New owners for Ashfield Lake House

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

ASHFIELD — It appears local landmark restaurant, the Ashfield Lake House, will be changing hands in coming weeks. The Selectboard unanimously approved a liquor license transfer for the Ashfield Lake House this week. Now all that remains is … 0

Neighbors: Mahar Class of 1964 helps its neighbors

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Mahar’s Class of 1964 had a very busy year last year. The class held its first fundraiser in December 2013, using half of the proceeds to fund award scholarships to some of the graduates of the Class of 2014 and the other half was given as … 0

West County Notebook

Friday, January 9, 2015

New owner for Ashfield Lake House? ASHFIELD — On Monday , the Selectboard will be meeting with Andrea “Dre” Rawlings of Ashfield, a prospective buyer of the Ashfield Lake House, for a discussion and possible vote to transfer the restaurant’s liquor license to Rawlings. Judith Hamilton has owned … 0

WiredWest towns ready for next step

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Selectmen from all 11 Franklin County hilltowns without high-speed Internet have approved WiredWest’s nonbinding resolution to go forward with a “last mile” $100 million to $120 million fire-optic network build-out. Now the financial planning begins. Ashfield, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, New Salem, Rowe, Shutesbury, Warwick and Wendell … 0

New solar incentive in Ashfield, Buckland, Plainfield

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Ashfield, Buckland and Plainfield will be able to offer “Solarize Massachusetts” incentives that will cut solar-panel installation costs for residents by up to 20 percent below the state average cost. The Patrick Administration’s Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Maeve V. Bartlett announced the three-town consortium is among the … 0

Neighbors: Look ahead to a great year

Monday, January 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. Hope you all had a wonderful New Year. Now it’s time to look ahead. According to our precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy, we’re supposed to see 23 snowfalls this winter — remember, you only have to track a cat for one to be counted. Even so, that … 0

Town board meetings for week of Jan. 5

Friday, January 2, 2015

Ashfield Selectboard/Personnel Board: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard/Personnel Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Assessors: Thursday 5:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Assessors: Tuesday 2 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday … 0

Neighbors: Now’s the time to get your children involved in Shakespeare

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Happy New Year! It’s finally here and the days are getting colder. But as I said the other day, it’s also a chance for a new beginning. Has your 7- to-18-year-old been thinking about some William Shakespeare? Well, now’s the time. Young Shakespeare Players East in … 0

Tech still working toward roof, other renovations

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School officials continue to eye the building’s aging roof. Authority to approve spending for the project, formerly thought to be in the hands of the spring annual town meetings of member towns, … 0