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Neighbors: Visit your local farmers market

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Farmers markets are going strong throughout the county this summer. I’m not going to mention any in particular, because most of you know where they are, especially if you’ve got one in your town. What I want to talk about today is why you should visit one or two or more. Visiting a farmers market is a way of enjoying the season. Most of them run from late … 0

Fire marshal: Check carbon monoxide alarms

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pointing to the deaths of four young Massachusetts residents in a Maine cabin over the weekend, the state Fire Marshal’s Office told residents their carbon monoxide alarms may be running out of time. “A similar tragedy led to a law here in Massachusetts that requires CO alarms in nearly every home. It is a tool designed to help prevent more families from experiencing … 0

Town Meetings, Week of July 27

Friday, July 24, 2015

Ashfield Parks Commission: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Planning Board: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Website Policy Committee: Tuesday 10 a.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Colrain Colrain Historical Commission: Monday 6:30 p.m. … 0

Neighbors: Grandparents: Share your stories

Monday, May 25, 2015

Hello, neighbor Many times in my travels throughout the county, I am stopped by other grandparents who have read about my grandsons Justin, Owen and Travis. They thank me for sharing my stories every now and then, and then they share some of their own with me. Over … 1

Old workhorses get new life at Bernardston Gas Engine Show

Sunday, May 24, 2015

BERNARDSTON — With no work to be done, Fred Howes’ 1912 single-cylinder gas engine gave a “pop” of exhaust every eight seconds, the engine burning just enough gas to keep the flywheels spinning above a set speed. Howes, … 0

Neighbors: Go to a local parade and support our veterans Monday

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. It originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in that … 0

Franklin County Memorial Day events

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ashfield The Memorial Day parade on Monday begins at 10 a.m. in front of Town Hall, proceeds to Plain Cemetery and to the Veterans Memorial and Civil War Memorial, then back to Town Hall. There will be featured … 0

Little debate heard at Bernardston town meeting

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

BERNARDSTON — Bernardston voters had little choice over the largest single expense on Tuesday’s annual town meeting warrant. While rising school costs are usually a hot topic, Bernardston voters had no say over their $2.7 million share of the Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s $14.34 million budget because … 0

Neighbors: Back in Franklin County

Monday, May 18, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m back! What a lovely week we had on the water and in Bermuda. The weather was perfect and we got to see a dolphin and a whale show on the way home. I learned early on in the trip that it really is a small … 0

State OKs Eversource’s lower summer rates

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The state has approved Eversource electric rates for the summer months. On July 1, the Basic Service supply price for all residential Eversource customers in western Massachusetts will drop by about 31 percent, from 14.228 cents for the cold weather months to 9.767 cents per kilowatt-hour. Customers using … 0

Bernardston eyes Pioneer assessment cut

Monday, May 11, 2015

BERNARDSTON — The town will be the first in the Pioneer Valley Regional School District this year to recommend that voters pay less than the requested budget at the May 19 annual town meeting. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. May 19 in Pioneer Valley Regional School. The … 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

Letter: Proud of his work

Thursday, May 7, 2015

I was very proud and privileged to be part of the Arc of Massachusetts annual meeting held in Natick. My husband and best friend, Ed Porter, was awarded A “Decades of Service” plaque for his many years at the United Arc in Greenfield. Ed has been the CEO … 0