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JD is on left in pic. Jared "JD" Jurentkuff stands with graphic designer David Zorn holding their Emmys.

Neighbors: Grandparents proud of grandson’s award

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Our neighbors Shirley and Don Ward of Buckland were happy to announce this week that their grandson Jared “JD” Jurentkuff won an Emmy Award for an Apple commercial he worked on last year titled “Misunderstood.” JD is one of the creative arts directors at Apple in California. The commercial is about a teen who seems to be on … 0

Mohawk mulls new background checks

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BUCKLAND — As a new state law kicks in, requiring all Massachusetts public and private schools to get fingerprints and federal Criminal History Record Information for school employees, the Mohawk School Committee is developing a policy on who has access to such information, how to store it and when such confidential information can be destroyed. Massachusetts was the only state not running national … 0

Neighbors: Team Greenfield wins first annual mayors golf tourney

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. You may have read the story I wrote last week about Greenfield Mayor William Martin traveling to Southampton with several teams from town to play in the first annual Western Massachusetts Mayors Cup Golf Tournament to raise money for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Well, Team Greenfield won. The winning trophy, which is engraved with the words “Team Greenfield” at … 0

Bus fare

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The state budget passed this week by the Legislature will give the county’s sprawling regional school districts a huge savings for school bus expenses by reimbursing 90 percent of the cost — the highest in decades. “It would … 0

Neighbors: Introduce yourself to your neighbors

Monday, June 30, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here I go again, thinking about what it means to be a neighbor. I remember a time when people knew their neighbors. They spoke with them, sat next to them in church, ran into them in the grocery store, talked over the hedges about their days … 0

Ashfield’s Belding Library hosts ‘activist geek librarian’ on July 17

Sunday, June 29, 2014

ASHFIELD — Jessamyn West, called “a mover and shaker in the library world” by Library Journal, will speak at the Belding Memorial Library July 17. The event is a part of a summer-long celebration of the Belding’s 100th … 0

COG reschedules public meeting on pipeline

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Franklin Regional Planning Board have rescheduled to July 24 their first-ever joint meeting to review the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project proposed to cross nine county towns on its path to Dracut. The boards’ original May 15 meeting on what … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy, but stay safe on the Fourth of July

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are just a week away from July 4 and I’m sure there will be plenty of celebrating going on next weekend. I hope you all have great fun and get to spend time with friends … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

ASHFIELD — Two bylaw changes adopted at this year’s annual town meeting have been ratified by the Attorney General’s Office, according to Town Clerk Ann Dunne. The first allows residents ages 70 and older to get dog licenses free of charge. They are still required to get yearly … 0

Ashfield man’s ‘giant’ talk to be taped for TV series

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

ASFHIELD — Did giants once roam the countryside of Franklin County? They may have, according to author and stonemason Jim Vieira. He’s been researching reports of larger-than-life human remains found in the county and beyond, and will present his findings at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Ashfield Town Hall. … 0

Ashfield joins gas pipeline opposition

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

ASHFIELD — This hilltown has officially joined the opposition to the proposed Kinder Morgan gas pipeline. About 200 voters at the special town meeting this week passed two resolutions intended to signal the community’s resolve to keep the pipeline out. “We’ve been working since March 11, our first … 1

Neighbors: Scholarships help students pursue dreams and agencies help others

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Wells Trust Scholarship recently announced this year’s recipients and I’d like to share their names, or at least where some of them are from, with you today. Fred W. and Ethel Dow Wells were longtime … 0

Lavallee named to health board

Sunday, June 22, 2014

ASHFIELD — Karen Lavallee is the newest Board of Health member. She was appointed by the Selectboard Monday night, to fill the seat of Shelly Carter, who is moving away. … 0