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This year, Mike's Maze, seen in this aerial photo, is based on the classic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." It features Alice herself, as well as other iconic images like the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter's hat, all cut into the Sunderland cornfield.

Neighbors: Things getting curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland

Monday, August 31, 2015

Hello neighbor. Things are about to get curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland. Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm will open its 2015 corn maze, “Alice in Sunderland,” on Sept. 12. Inspired by the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s book, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” the maze will commemorate everyone’s favorite Wonderland explorer throughout its eight acres of corn. This year, David and Jess Wissemann, the family’s next generation, have stepped up to continue the tradition established by Will Sillin and Mike Wissemann. When David and Jess posted an aerial image of the maze on Facebook, it was the number-one trending post on Reddit for several hours, and … 0

West County Notebook

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Buckland questions Mohawk pre-school costs tonight BUCKLAND — Changing the Mohawk Trail Regional School District agreement to include Mohawk’s new preschool program will be discussed tonight, at the 7 p.m. meeting of the Mohawk School Committee. Buckland’s Board of Selectmen have questioned the legality of putting it into the shared operating costs, after getting a legal opinion from lawyer Mark Reich of Kopelman … 0

Buckland selectmen reaffirm pipeline vote

Friday, August 28, 2015

BUCKLAND — After deciding not to join Pipeline Awareness for the Northeast (PLAN-NE), a group opposed to the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline, the Board of Selectmen reluctantly agreed to “reaffirm” a special town meeting vote taken last summer calling for selectmen to oppose the Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s high-pressure gas pipeline and “not allow it within our town borders.” The petitioned article, approved by … 0

Neighbors: New book tells story of 1896 Trolley No. 10

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Over the past week, there’s been a lot of activity at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum at 14 Depot St. Visitors have been busy signing a copy of the “Little Yellow Trolley,” a book that follows … 0

Free showing of local film tonight in Shelburne Falls

Thursday, August 27, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — It’s not “The Judge” or “Labor Day,” but “Hank” — a 20-minute movie starring a local actress and filmed at Hager’s Farm Market that will be given a free premier showing tonight at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Hall auditorium, where Pothole Pictures are shown. … 0

Mohawk district, towns seek compromise on Buckland Shelburne Elementary repair costs

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

SHELBURNE — Shelburne officials and Mohawk Trail Regional School District are hundreds of thousands of dollars apart on how much to spend for repairs to their regional elementary school. The difference between Mohawk’s defeated $750,000 capital budget request … 0

McCusker’s seeks beer and wine license

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

BUCKLAND — The Board of Selectmen will hold a liquor license hearing for a request for McCusker’s Market to sell beer and wine. The hearing takes place Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. For a few years, the Shelburne Falls Wine Merchant rented part of the McCusker’s … 0

Solarize PAB ups the ante with incentives

Monday, August 24, 2015

Within a dozen weeks, the solar-energy buying collaborative Solarize Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland has seen at least 400 residents request free site surveys, and 57 homeowners have signed up for new solar electricity-generating systems, according to the PAB solar coaches. When installed, these new systems will provide a combined 406 kilowatts … 0

Neighbors: Community says “goodbye” to longtime service agency head

Monday, August 24, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Wednesday, The United Arc will say “bon voyage” to its executive director of 39 years. Ed Porter has performed a variety of roles in the position since 1976, helping the agency expand and adapt to … 0

Weekly Town Meetings

Friday, August 21, 2015

Ashfield Selectboard: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Technology/Finance Committee/Selectboard: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Parks Commission: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Veterans Agent: Monday 9 a.m. in Town … 0

Neighbors: Remember the power your words have and use them wisely

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. I have lots to tell you about today. Before I go into what’s happening in the county, I’d like to tell you about an unsigned note I received from one of you fine folks, and then … 0

Friday night bites: Community meal now 25

Sunday, August 16, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — For a lot of people, Friday night is a mini-celebration of the end of the work week — a chance to join friends over a good meal, unwind, celebrate a birthday or share news. And … 0

Letter: In good standing

Sunday, August 16, 2015

On behalf of the Franklin County Agricultural Society I would like to inform the public that Shirley Tombs of Shelburne is a director in good standings in the society. Her name was inadvertently omitted in the listing of the directors of the fair in their 2015 premium book. … 0