Tom Williams, of Shelburne, recently received the National Guard Legion of Merit award for outstanding service. Williams served in the military for 42 years. Contributed photo

Neighbors: Neighbor receives award for military service

Monday, October 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Congratulations to our neighbor Tom Williams of Shelburne, who recently received the National Guard Legion of Merit award for outstanding service. Tom served in the military for 42 years. It took more than a year for a two-star general at the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C., to approve the award, and from what I’ve heard and read, it is well-deserved. Tom retired in spring 2015 and received the award this past August. The citation Tom received was for “exceptionally meritorious conduct” and “outstanding service” in a succession of positions of increasing importance and responsibility over the years. Tom left the service as … 0

Quabbin talk Wednesday in Shelburne Falls

Friday, October 9, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Dorothy Johnson, the author of “A Swift River Anthology,” will be at Wednesday’s meeting of the Shelburne Falls Area Women’s Club to give a reading of her play about the lost Quabbin towns of Dana, Enfield, Greenwich and Prescott. “A Swift River Anthology” deals with the imaginary lives of people from the former towns flooded in 1938, to create a … 0

West County Notebook

Friday, October 9, 2015

Buckland selectmen eye Conway Road fix BUCKLAND — Selectmen this week heard presentations from four engineering firms bidding for the reconstruction of the town’s portion of Conway Road, from the intersection of State and Conway streets down to South Street and Conway Road. Weston & Sampson, The Engineering Corp, Greenman-Pedersen Inc. and Nitsch Engineering all gave presentations. The estimated cost for the reconstruction … 0

On the high wire: Major utility line project underway in the region

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Even as work crews begin wrapping up a 2.8-mile stretch of an Eversource transmission line in Greenfield, Montague and Deerfield, replacing lattice poles with double-circuit monopoles, the utility has begun other major line work around the region and … 0

Neighbors: Lots going on in the county, so enjoy!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hello neighbor. There is way too much to tell you about today, so I’m just going to get right to it. Have a great weekend and enjoy the vibrant fall colors, because they’ll be gone sooner than you think. I will check in next week with Franklin County’s … 0

86 drug treatment beds coming to North Quabbin in Petersham

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

PETERSHAM — Athol Hospital’s parent company has bought land in Petersham and plans to open a 86-bed addiction and mental health treatment facility there as early as this summer. The number and type of treatment slots would be a significant addition to the treatment landscape near Franklin County, … 0

Sweetheart is sold: Shelburne group purchases iconic former restaurant

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — The village’s iconic former Sweetheart Restaurant has changed hands again. A group calling itself Sweetheart Realty LLC now owns the white building at the entrance to Shelburne Falls at the corner of Route 2 and … 0

Tech school’s MCAS scores climbing back toward state average

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Superintendent Richard Martin said he was happy with the Franklin County Technical School’s growth in the last round of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System testing. English scores were the highest they have been back to 2006 … 0

Deadline on solar installation moved to Nov. 30

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Businesses and homeowners in Buckland, Ashfield and Plainfield now have until Nov. 30 to sign up for solar electricity systems, at a 20 percent savings from the statewide average cost, through the SolarizeMass Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland (Solarize PAB) collaborative. The sign-up deadline was originally Sept. 30, but the Massachusetts Clean … 0

‘One of Greenfield’s libraries’: Franklin County remembers public servant William B. Allen

Monday, October 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Longtime public servant William B. Allen died Saturday, and town officials and leaders say his passing is a big loss to the town, because he was one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable public servants they’ve … 0

Neighbors: Have fun at Celebrate the harvest Festival in Orange

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to celebrate fall — this wonderful time of year — head over to Orange on Sunday, where at 9 a.m. the Celebrate the Harvest Festival begins at the airport. There will be a car show, craft fair (you can start that holiday shopping), … 0

Letter: The Mohawk team

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Mohawk Trail School Regional School District recently elected me, Kirby (Lark) Thwing, as its new chair and Martha Thurber as vice chair. I replace Robert Aeschback, chair for the last 10 years, who has moved from the district. As I assume this post, I think it’s appropriate … 0

Heath woman killed, Buckland man arrested in fatal Friday Route 2 hit-and-run

Sunday, October 4, 2015

SHELBURNE — A three-vehicle crash on Route 2 Friday afternoon left one person dead and led to the arrest of another on drunken driving, vehicular homicide and hit-and-run charges. The crash claimed the life of 51-year-old Sarah Sessions … 0