Ashfield

Letter: Effective representation

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Once in a while, a politician comes along who brings distinction and honor to his profession. Steve Kulik is such a person. Steve and his wife moved from the Boston area to Worthington in 1976. They built a house here and raised two children. Steve served for 11 years as selectman in Worthington. During that time, he was also president of both the Massachusetts Selectmen’s Association and the Massachusetts Municipal … 0

Ashfield Lake House still serving

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ASHFIELD — You can still get homemade crab cakes and other specialties at the Ashfield Lake House seven days a week, because it’s “business as usual” at this waterfront neighborhood restaurant and bar. Owner/manager Judith Hamilton said negotiations to sell the restaurant to Mauricia Alvarez of Conway fell through last week. And, although the restaurant is still for sale, there aren’t any plans … 0

Ashfield-Buckland-Plainfield file Solarize Mass grant

Monday, October 20, 2014

With 133 households interested in installing solar-electric systems on their homes, the newly formed Ashfield-Buckland-Plainfield consortium has applied for a “Solarize Mass” grant that would cut the cost of electricity-producing solar panels by up to 20 percent below the statewide average. If the consortium’s application is among the 10 to be awarded by the state next month, residents and businesses in these towns … 0

Letter: Pipeline plans

Monday, September 1, 2014

Kinder Morgan has a FERC petition now called “the Connecticut Expansion,” where they are seeking to bypass environmental impact processes at both the state and federal level to reconfigure their existing pipeline in Massachusetts! This pipeline exists in southern Massachusetts, but they are planning to divert that pipeline’s … 4

Neighbors: Falling into Franklin County Fair season

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hello neighbor. This weekend was the unofficial start to fall and we all know what that means. Yes, the days are getting shorter and soon temperatures will begin to drop — I’m not even going to mention the white stuff, yet. But fall also means the Franklin County … 0

Alternative food storage in Ashfield

Sunday, August 31, 2014

ASHFIELD — If you have a garden of any size, now might be the time you’re thinking of what to do with excess produce. Burying it in a trash can in the backyard might be an option. “What … 0

Three hill towns band together for Solarize Mass grant

Friday, August 29, 2014

BUCKLAND — Buckland, Ashfield and Plainfield are forming a Solarize Mass consortium and will apply for a grant that could save homeowners and businesses hundreds of dollars on the cost of solar-panel installations. The program is called Solarize Mass., and the Clean Energy Center has just announced two … 0

Neighbors: Local teens attend two-week craft program

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hello, neighbors. Two of our younger neighbors participated in a two-week craft program in Williamsburg this year and, I’m told, had a lot of fun doing so. Fourteen-year-old James Simpson and 15-year-old Henry Walker-West, both of Shelburne Falls, spent two weeks at Snow Farm Summer, a program of … 0

Mohawk teacher learns from China trip

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BUCKLAND — At Mohawk Trail Regional School, Kathleen Stier is a highly regarded science teacher. But in Harbin, China, she was a celebrity. This month, Stier taught 20 biology teachers at a weeklong summer workshop on how to … 0

Ashfield to vote on wireless Internet

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ASHFIELD — Despite a plea for the Selectboard to act immediately on an offer to provide wireless Internet for the town center, town voters instead will decide to accept or oppose Hilltown Network’s Wi-Fi service plan, using the … 0

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. rejects Ashfield ban

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ASHFIELD — The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. says the Selectboard has no legal authority to deny the company or its contractors permission to survey town-owned roads as part of the research for a natural gas pipeline proposed to run through western Massachusetts. The July 30 TGP letter came … 1

Fall YMCA registration begins

Monday, August 25, 2014

GREENFIELD —Registration is now taking place for the September/October session of YMCA classes and programs. The Y has programs for children as young as six months (parent/child swim/gym classes) to adults in their nineties (chair fitness, balance & stretch, water fitness). Most of the classes run in eight … 0

Mohawk looks again at under-used buildings

Monday, August 25, 2014

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee has asked new school Business Administrator Michael Kociela for a school building study “to determine the most cost-efficient infrastructure.” This new study comes after continuing reports on declining enrollment trends and a superintendent’s report a few years ago asserting the … 0