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Berkshire Gas warns about phone scam

Monday, July 28, 2014

Several Berkshire Gas business customers have recently reported receiving fraudulent telephone calls seeking immediate payment of their Berkshire Gas accounts, by credit card, over the telephone, the utility has reported. The caller claims that the account is overdue and requires immediate payment. Several of the fraudulent calls have showed up as originating from 617-419-5406 in the recipient’s caller ID. Berkshire Gas has reported this information to the Massachusetts State Police, … 0

‘The Judge’ will open Toronto Film Festival

Monday, July 28, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The movie filmed primarily in Shelburne Falls last summer — “The Judge” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall — has been selected for the opening night film of the Toronto International Film Festival, which will run from Sept. 4 to 14. “The Mrs. and I are thrilled to share … 0

Buckland to vote on wind bylaw next month

Sunday, July 27, 2014

BUCKLAND — After hearing from residents this week, the Planning Board will take another look at its proposed small-scale wind turbine bylaw before bringing it to a vote at a special town meeting in late August. The proposal defines a “small wind energy facility” as a turbine that is 120 feet tall or less and produces up to 250 kilowatts of electricity. Small … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ashfield hearing on cell tower tonight ASHFIELD — Industrial Tower and Wireless LLC is seeking a special permit to install a proposed 150-foot tall communication cell tower at 1450 Spruce Corner Road. The continuation of the Planning Board’s public hearing for the tower is tonight at 7:30 p.m. … 0

Neighbors: Where’s your favorite spot in Franklin County?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Hello neighbor. If you haven’t been to Shelburne Falls in a while, why not make plans now to be there on Saturday for the Shelburne Falls Art Walk from 4 to 8 p.m.? Just follow the decorated shoes throughout the village to find a variety of art, including … 0

Garden tour to raise money for Mary Lyon church July 19

Friday, July 11, 2014

Hidden gardens, a lavender labyrinth and heirloom tomatoes are among the highlights of a July 19 garden tour and luncheon, to raise money for the Mary Lyon Church. Nine country gardens in Buckland and West Hawley will be open for a self-guided tour, rain or shine, from 10 … 0

Iron Bridge to be closed on Monday

Friday, July 11, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Iron Bridge in Shelburne Falls will be closed Monday as the state Department of Transportation continues to repair the damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. The bridge will be closed from 5 … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors making a difference

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. I thought you might like to hear about a few of our neighbors and their accomplishments today. First, Cindy Gonzalez and Amy Britt, both of Greenfield, along with Tammy-Lynn Chace of Orange and Kerri Bohonowicz, who works in Franklin County, are among this year’s Smith College … 0

Letter: Don’t buy in

Thursday, July 10, 2014

$2.75 billion in taxes for What? That’s the estimated amount of the tariff on our electric bills to pay for Kinder Morgan Corp. to pass a fracked gas pipeline through the hills of Franklin County to Eastern Mass. It doesn’t seem right. Especially since: Our towns are forced … 0

Neighbors: Fireworks fun, but lots more to summer ahead

Monday, July 7, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Greenfield’s Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display did not disappoint on Saturday. I went to Beacon Field with grandson Justin around 7 p.m. The first thing we did was take a “choo-choo” train ride around the grounds. Just before that, I ran into Greenfield Recreation … 0

Mohawk to host 28 Chinese students for summer programs

Sunday, July 6, 2014

BUCKLAND — A group of 21 Chinese middle-school students and a second group of seven high school students will be getting their first taste of American education this month at the Mohawk Trail Regional School. Teacher Ivan Grail, a co-coordinator of the China summer program, said the younger … 0

Letter: Neighborly care

Friday, July 4, 2014

There are a lot of wonderful people in the small town of Buckland. My brother, John Yarmac, was recently hospitalized and also had a stay in rehab before going home. While I came from my home in New Mexico to be with him, the kindness and generosity of … 0

Neighbors: Happy Fourth of July

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. Happy Fourth of July! I am working today, but hope you are all having a great time. It may be that as you read this the rain is falling hard — that was the forecast of the National Weather Service in Taunton — but that’s fine, … 0