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Neighbors: Safe Halloween fun planned for all on Friday

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here we are, just three days to Halloween — you know, when all those little ghosts, goblins and superheroes roam our streets with their parents in search of treats. A few of our towns will have their usual rag shag parades again this year. Greenfield will begin its festivities at 4 p.m. on Friday and they will continue … 0

Scarecrows put on quite the display in Cushman Park

Sunday, October 26, 2014

BERNARDSTON — Climbing into the cockpit of an old orange snowmobile, 5-year-old Elise Rhodes of Bernardston prepared to tear off through Cushman Park. At least, that’s what she was pretending to do. The snowmobile doesn’t actually work and its usual driver isn’t a real person, either. The display that Rhodes had squeezed herself … 0

“Light the Night” walk in Bernardston to fight blood cancer

Sunday, October 26, 2014

BERNARDSTON — Jenna Mauthe ended her battle with cancer earlier this year, but her friends and family are taking the fight to the streets in her name. They’ve gotten together with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to found Jenna Strong: The Jenna Mauthe Memorial Light the Night walk. It will begin at 5 p.m., Nov. 2 at the United Church of Bernardston, 58 … 1

Bernardston special meeting date moved

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BERNARDSTON — Zoning changes, an energy-efficient building code, school funding and more will be decided at an Oct. 8 special town meeting. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in Bernardston Elementary School. It was moved to Oct. 8 after the Selectboard had tentatively scheduled the meeting for … 0

Peru and back again

Monday, September 15, 2014

NORTHFIELD — With the start of the school year comes the swapping of summer vacation stories, and the tales of a dozen Pioneer Valley Regional School students likely top those of their classmates. In July, the students packed … 0

Shelter from the harm

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — By January 2015, victims of child abuse and sexual assault in Franklin County will have a safe and comfortable place to report the incidents to police and medical professionals. The Northwestern Children’s Advocacy Project, is renovating … 0

Sustainable film fest seeks submissions

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — There’s still time to get your short film into the running for the third annual Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival. Films seven minutes or shorter on sustainable living will be accepted until Oct. 17. The top films will be screened and awards announced starting at … 0

Neighbors: Support a local gem

Monday, September 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. I wanted to take a couple of minutes today to remind you folks of how lucky we are to have a real gem here in the county. I was talking with my friend Judy on Monday … 0

The twists & turns of history: the Mohawk Trail marks 100 years

Friday, September 12, 2014

What do Metacomet the warrior, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Benedict Arnold and Henry David Thoreau have in common? They all traveled the route that would become the Mohawk Trail — back in the days when the hairpin turn and other … 2

Neighbors: Volunteer to serve the low-income and homeless

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’d like to give another perfect example of neighbors helping neighbors. Stone Soup Cafe will be holding a volunteer appreciation gathering on Sept. 19 at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church on Main and Hope streets from 7 to 9 p.m. where there’s going to be a … 0

Neighbors: Shelburne man repairs cemetery signs

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hello neighbor. If you happen to be driving along Route 2 through Charlemont, take notice of the new signs at the entrances to its three cemeteries. Les Chadwick, our neighbor from Shelburne, recently replaced the posts that hold … 0

North county towns take brunt of thunderstorm

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A severe thunderstorm and worse struck Franklin County Saturday afternoon, triggering a tornado warning and downing trees and wires in towns in the northern part of the county. The National Weather Service confirmed Sunday that a microburst hit Leyden and Bernardston between 4:01 and 4:10 p.m., with 70 … 0

Neighbors: All’s fair this weekend, especially fried dough

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. Has anyone else noticed this was a very long short week? I don’t know if it was the intense heat and humidity or what, but the weekend is here and it’s fair time. The Franklin County Fair opened last night with its parade along Main Street. … 0