Buckland

Letter: Thanks, utility workers!

Friday, December 19, 2014

We would like to express our appreciation for the diligent effort put forth to restore power to the thousands of people who lost their electricity due to the storm on Nov. 26. Some of you come from as far as Canada and others from nearby. You had to work in hazardous conditions and cope with the cold and heavy falling snow, but that did not stop you. One repair man … 0

Residents vexed by hype over Cosby allegations

Thursday, December 18, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Sawyer News Co., with its spread of local and national newspapers and racks of magazines, has always been the place to go for news. The headlines on newspapers and the gossipy tabloids often spark lively comments. But these days, when comedian Bill Cosby — Shelburne’s most famous resident — is … 0

Neighbors: Take advantage of technology, but don’t let it rule you

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. I just wanted to finish what I started on Tuesday, if you don’t mind. I seem to be on my soapbox this week, so please bear with me. I guess I’m just filled with the joy of the season and want to share it with you. I’d like to remind you of something else — I talked about volunteering, doing something … 0

Survey finds too little affordable housing in Franklin County, especially for poorest residents

Monday, December 8, 2014

Since her husband died a year and a half ago, “Marion,” as we’ll call her, has been struggling with how to afford to keep living in their seven-room home in northern Franklin County. Rather than use her savings … 0

Expert: Rural communities need extra help providing affordable homes

Monday, December 8, 2014

With what she called “fairly significant low- and moderate-income” populations and a steadily increasing over-65 population — along with an older stock of overwhelmingly single-family homes — rural communities like those in Franklin County need help in providing affordable housing, a consultant has told regional planners. The quasi-governmental … 0

Neighbors: Santa to call kids on Dec. 22

Monday, December 8, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are quickly approaching the holidays and that means children will once again this year have the opportunity to receive a call from Santa. The Scottish Rite Masons in the Valley of Greenfield will be making “Telephone Calls from Santa Claus” on Dec. 22. Last year … 0

Mohawk may ask Rowe to join 8-town district

Monday, December 8, 2014

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee will vote Wednesday to ask Rowe to join Mohawk as a Grade 7 through 12 member town that will have a vote on secondary education policies and pay an assessment instead of tuition for its students to go to Mohawk. … 0

Pilot ‘cable towns’ explore last-mile broadband costs

Sunday, December 7, 2014

While hilltowns without high-speed Internet in the WiredWest collaborative consider how to finance a last-mile fiber optic network, 16 partially served “cable towns” are also trying to figure out how much it will cost to expand Comcast’s cable network to reach every home within their town borders. With … 0

Shelburne Falls Women’s Club program canceled

Friday, December 5, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Shelburne Falls Area Women’s Club has canceled its program “Women’s Roles in The Underground Railroad” on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. due to presenters’ family emergencies. The program will be rescheduled for spring. Instead, the program will be “Stories from Women’s Handicrafts.” Members and their guests … 0

Neighbors: Give to local nonprofits through Valley Gives on Wednesday

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. It’s time again for Valley Gives. Through Valley Gives, nonprofits raise money for all sorts of programs and projects, and you can help. When you visit its website on Wednesday, you’ll be able to donate to some of your favorites. Let’s see how far its third … 0

Stitches in time: Rethreads serving thousands over 35 years

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The tides of commerce ebb and flow on Bridge Street, but the tide was out when a group of young mothers sat around a kitchen table, thinking about opening a used-clothing store, which they decided … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

New food pantry draws crowd SHELBURNE FALLS — On the day it opened, the new West County Emergency Food Pantry in the Cowell Gymnasium, set a new record of participation. Food pantry coordinator Dino Schnelle said 54 families visited the center, the day before Thanksgiving, with seven new … 0

Singley’s storefronts to be auctioned next week

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The two-story commercial building in the heart of downtown that housed Singley’s Furniture store for 67 years goes up for auction on Dec. 10 — followed by the auction of two other Singley-owned storefronts in … 0