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Readers visit Trolley Museum

Friday, July 3, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Arms Library is kicking off its Superhero Summer Reading Program with a visit to the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum. This event is open to all children (and their families) who have signed up with their local library summer reading program. They will be invited to this free event at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum on July 9, from 10 a.m. to noon. Participating libraries are Belding … 0

Neighbors: Green River Festival around the corner

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again — the countdown is just seven days. The Green River Festival will be held July 10, 11 and 12 at Greenfield Community College, and there are a limited number of tickets left, so you’d better hurry. The 2015 lineup includes lots of return musicians and a few … 0

Neighbors: Be kind

Monday, June 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. About once a year I feel compelled to remind myself and others to be good neighbors. I don’t necessarily mean “neighbor” in the literal sense. What I mean is that we all should be kind to everyone. Those who aren’t can never truly be happy themselves. Get out and talk with the people who live in your neighborhood and your community. … 0

Buckland-Shelburne Elementary climbs from a ‘lowest-’ to a ‘highest-performing’ school

Monday, May 11, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — In 2011, the Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School MCAS scores caused the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to declare BSE a “Level 3” school, which meant it was among the lowest-performing 20 percent of schools … 0

Fatal crash details still unreleased

Monday, May 11, 2015

ASHFIELD — The cause of a single-vehicle crash that took the life of the driver is still to be determined by the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section. Also, the name and other information about the driver has not yet been released by the District Attorney … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors will return May 19

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hello neighbor. Neighbors will not be back until May 19. I am headed this morning with my friend Diane Poirier on a cruise to Bermuda. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I can’t imagine we’ll have anything but a great time. See you when I return. … 0

Buckland voters back Mohawk budget

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

BUCKLAND — By a 65-48 paper ballot vote, Buckland annual town meeting voters approved a $1.9 million Mohawk Trail Regional School District operating assessment, which includes the town’s share of new costs for the district’s free half-day preschool. This gives Mohawk eight out of the 10 weighted votes … 0

Neighbors: Another chance to help a neighbor in need

Monday, May 4, 2015

Hello, neighbor. First, I would like to send out a “very happy birthday” to grandson Justin’s beautiful mommy Suzanne. There’s going be a benefit golf tournament with shotgun start for longtime local disc jockey Ryan Interlande, who needs a heart transplant, at Thomas Memorial Golf and Country Club … 0

Ashfield approves free preschool 64-13 giving Mohawk its first budget OK

Sunday, May 3, 2015

ASHFIELD — Amid concerns that the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s new “free” preschool initiative would put a beloved community preschool out of business, Ashfield residents deliberated for nearly 90 minutes on whether to approve a $2 million … 0

Ashfield candidates elected; ballot measures approved

Sunday, May 3, 2015

ASHFIELD ­­— About 12 percent of the town’s 1,317 registered voters, 161 people, elected all the uncontested candidates and incumbents in Saturday’s annual election and approved ballot questions supporting capital projects for Mohawk and Sanderson Academy. Selectboard member Ronald Coler was given a second term in office. Others … 0

Ashfield Fall Fest’s Sandra Lilly wins community service award

Friday, May 1, 2015

CHARLEMONT — The Ashfield Fall Festival is not only “one of the most treasured events of West County,” as Amy Shapiro says, it also raises lots of college scholarship money for West County high school seniors. As fall … 0

Heath, Hawlemont get $355K in renewable energy grants

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Hawlemont Regional and Heath Elementary schools will receive a combined $355,375 in state grant money to replace their old oil heating systems to highly efficient wood-pellet, biomass boilers that will save both schools thousands of dollars per year in heating bills. “Both Mohawk and Hawlemont are very … 0

Sen. Benjamin Downing collects four honors

Thursday, April 30, 2015

It’s been a good couple of weeks for Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, who’s achieved a noteworthy degree of recognition. On Wednesday, he was named the Massachusetts Association of School Committees’ legislator of the year for a second time, recognizing his “support and aggressive advocacy for our annual budget … 0