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Neighbors: Busy April ahead in Franklin County

Monday, March 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’ve got a lot to tell you about today, so I’m going to get right to it. Enjoy the week. According to the National Weather Service in Taunton, temperatures on Thursday and Friday are supposed to be in the 50s and 60s. Hello spring! ORANGE SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB will host a Community Music Concert on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in the Armory on East Main Street. Musicians will … 0

Buckland raises money worries about Rowe-Mohawk union

Monday, March 30, 2015

BUCKLAND — If Rowe becomes the ninth member town of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District, will that addition reduce Mohawk’s state aid for education and state transportation a few years down the road? Last week, Buckland’s Board of Selectmen raised those questions in a letter sent to the Mohawk Trail Regional School … 0

He found gold on the slopes

Sunday, March 29, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The skiing season is almost over and Franklin County Technical School student Nicholas Saladino can look ahead to a summer of his brothers pushing him at the gym, then getting back to the slopes for a shot at the next tier of Alpine ski competition. Saladino entered three events this … 0

Buckland illegal tree cutting under investigation

Friday, March 20, 2015

BUCKLAND — Massachusetts Environmental Police are investigating the illegal cutting of timber in the Buckland State Forest and on other plots of wooded land off Bray Road. “Our legal people are determining how to follow through on this,” … 0

Neighbors: Use all of your senses to greet spring

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Happy spring everyone! It’s time to get out into the sun and enjoy — those cold, grey days are almost behind us. Yes, it will be a little muddy, but who cares after being holdup all winter? Temps are working their way into the 30s and … 0

Mohawk junior wins poetry prize

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

BUCKLAND — Sequoia LeBreux of Shelburne Falls, a junior at Mohawk Trail Regional High, has won the statewide Helen Creeley Student Poetry Prize and will read her winning poems at the childhood home of renowned poet Robert Creeley, … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Buckland tax classification rescheduled BUCKLAND — The Buckland Fire District will hold its tax classification hearing on Monday at 4 p.m. at the fire station on Hodgen Road. The hearing is to determine whether there will be a single or variable tax rate for Fiscal Year 2015. Ashfield … 0

Model alumni: Buckland man builds Arms Academy replica

Monday, March 16, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Arnold Purinton, Class of 1959, thought he knew the Arms Academy building inside and out — until he started to build a replica of his alma mater. “As many thousands of times as I’d seen … 0

Buckland airs budget concerns

Monday, March 16, 2015

BUCKLAND — Selectmen are concerned that the $60,000 rent for the town garage, coupled with a $74,276 Mohawk Trail Regional School District assessment increase, could push the town over its 21/2 percent tax levy limit. The selectmen questioned a $220,000 addition in the $18.3 million Mohawk Trail Regional … 0

Neighbors: Father and daughter recovering nicely after kidney transplant

Monday, March 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Tim Ollari is doing well after receiving a kidney from his daughter Stephanie last Thursday. Stephanie says Tim looks like a new person — full of life again. She, on the other hand, had … 0

Set to be global citizen, scholar

Sunday, March 15, 2015

BUCKLAND — Let students take subjects they really care about, and they’ll be more motivated in other schoolwork as well, says Aaron Nelson, a Mohawk Trail Regional School junior whose essay helped him earn a full scholarship to … 0

Franklin County Tech principal picked

Sunday, March 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Shawn Rickan of Phillipston is to take over for Franklin County Technical School Principal and Assistant Superintendent Richard Martin when Martin moves into the superintendent’s office in July. Now a high school principal in Baldwinville, Rickan earlier worked in Orange for five years and is … 0

‘Fiber Towns’ to residents: Prove you want broadband

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The WiredWest high-speed Internet collaborative has started signing up residents of 32 member towns for “Last-Mile” fiber-optic broadband. This is the first step for “fiber towns” to become part of the collaborative’s fiber-optic network. If 40 percent of a fiber town’s households sign up, it shows there is … 0