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Town officials mull Mohawk regional changes

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BUCKLAND — With enrollment in the 250-square-mile Mohawk Trail Regional School District dipping below 1,000, town officials on the Long Range Planning Committee are talking about consolidating elementary grades within the district’s four elementary schools, seeking statewide changes in how Chapter 70 state educational aid is calculated, and dropping the quest for 100 percent regional transportation reimbursement in favor of scheduling high school bus service based on use — not … 0

Falls Cable seeks volunteers, more local shows

Monday, November 24, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — After investing $60,000 in new television and broadcasting equipment, Falls Cable TV Corp. is seeking volunteers and ideas for more shows about the local community. Besides broadcasting selectmen’s meetings, this local-access cable station also airs programs that give a slice-of-life from West County. For instance, residents who grew up on … 0

Neighbors: Looks like a harsh winter ahead; take care of each other

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. First, I’d like to wish you a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving. Enjoy your friends and family — that’s what great memories are made of. I’m waiting to hear from our local precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy to see what she believes the winter has in store for the county. Until then, … 0

Moonlight Magic lights up holiday season

Sunday, November 23, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Forget about shopping malls and long lines on “Black Friday.” Moonlight Magic in Shelburne Falls is one way to experience both old traditions and new ones while finding gifts in the village shops and galleries. … 0

Singley’s Furniture to close doors Saturday

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Back in 1947, when Edward J. Singley opened his furniture store at 19 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls was full of young families who needed furniture, but were making wages of $35 to $40 per week. … 1

Neighbors: Help a former neighbor by voting for her new business

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’m hoping you can help one of our former neighbors expand her business in Gloucester. Heather Ahearn, who is the daughter of David and Sally Ahearn and is co-owner of Atlantic Saltworks, is currently competing in the Entrepreneur and Sam Adams Brewing American Dream Wild Card … 0

Spelling S-U-C-C-E-S-S

Friday, November 14, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — If you don’t know what “furfuraceous” means, don’t feel bad. Neither did the winners of the 9th annual Mary Lyon Foundation Community Spelling Bee. That didn’t stop The Spelling Beans team from figuring out how … 0

Selectmen address opioid problem

Thursday, November 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — Small town governments are another avenue through which the Opioid Task Force is looking to get traction on the heroin and painkiller problem. Thursday night Opioid Task Force member John Merrigan and coordinator Marisa Hebble presented data on the problem and information on efforts underway to … 0

Arms Library celebrates 100th birthday Sunday

Thursday, November 13, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — About 150 years ago, when the number of privately owned books were few and precious, the Shelburne Falls Circulating Library lent books to members who could afford $1 for membership and a 50-cent annual fee. … 0

Neighbors: TFHS to hold its fourth all-class reunion

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hello neighbor. Hey, it’s that time of year again — my alma mater, Turners Falls High School (Class of 1976 and proud of it) is holding its Alumni Association’s fourth annual All-Class Reunion the day after Thanksgiving. It will be held on the nightclub side of Between the … 0

Cash-strapped Lamson seeks worker pay cuts

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — As part of its bankruptcy restructuring, Lamson & Goodnow is asking its union workers to accept a $2-an-hour pay cut and to forgo company-supported health insurance coverage. Negotiations for a new contract between the 147-year old cutlery manufacturer and its 13 members of Local 274, … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Art talk Friday in Buckland BUCKLAND — Artist Jim Murphy of Ashfield will give a talk on “A Journey through the Landscape” at the Friends of Robert Strong Woodward’s annual meeting on Friday at 7 p.m. in The Mary Lyon Church, 17 Upper St. The even begins with … 0

Neighbors: It doesn’t take much to help feed our hungry

Monday, November 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was visiting with 2-year-old twin grandsons Owen and Travis the other night while daughter Christina went running — she didn’t get her passion for strenuous exercise from me — and as I watched them eat their chicken, rice, squash, yogurt and applesauce with reckless abandon, … 0