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Neighbors: Celebration of birthdays dates back thousands of years

Monday, April 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, I am another year older today. Birthdays have been celebrated for thousands of years, and it seems people are still arguing about the origin of the tradition. I did a little research and found a few interesting facts. It seems scholars have found reference of a pharaoh’s birthday in the Bible around 3,000 B.C.E., but some argue that it’s actually referencing the pharaoh’s coronation date, since that … 0

Could Comcast close the broadband gap? State to seek grants to reduce number of under-served towns

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The good news for Massachusetts Broadband Institute’s 11 under-served towns — seven of them in Franklin County — is that the state agency plans to solicit grant proposals from Comcast and other service providers to build out broadband fiber capacity by the end of June, and it’s been told that Comcast “is prepared to move very rapidly” on building out cable capacity in … 0

Progressive dinner celebrates Buckland library’s 125th year

Thursday, April 23, 2015

BUCKLAND — Get a taste of historic “Upper Buckland” while helping the 125-year-old Buckland Public Library raise money. The library is holding its third annual Progressive Dinner on May 2, in which 25 dinner guests are feted inside three historic homes or town buildings and stroll through the village from one home to … 0

Arms Library roof repair starts this week

Monday, April 13, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — With the forecast of warmer days ahead, scaffolding went up Monday around the Arms Library, in preparation for the long-awaited roof repairs. Titan Roofing of Springfield will begin working on the 101-year-old roof, and expects … 0

Neighbors: Paint and Sip awakens my inner artist

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. A group of friends and family gathering together to paint on canvas, while sipping their favorite beverages, has become a national trend. In this area, two of the companies that provide such entertainment — at least … 1

Buckland selectmen voice Mohawk budget concerns

Sunday, April 12, 2015

BUCKLAND — Districtwide free preschool, the financial impact of Rowe’s joining the Mohawk district, and that oldest elephant in the room — school closure — were on the minds of Buckland selectmen Thursday, as they quizzed Superintendent Michael Buoniconti on these budget issues. In a meeting that lasted … 0

Tech School seeks OK to borrow $2.45M

Thursday, April 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School District will ask the residents of its 19 member towns to go to the polls at a special districtwide election June 23 to approve what they expect to be $2.45 … 0

Neighbors: Time to be recognized

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m glad to be back, though I couldn’t believe what I saw when I stepped out of my apartment Thursday morning. I thought the days of that white stuff were done — and what little is … 0

Mohawk warned to meet accreditation standards

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BUCKLAND — The New England Association of Schools and Colleges Inc. (NEASC) has given Mohawk Trail Regional High School until Dec. 15 to write a “Special Progress Report” that puts into place four changes that would take Mohawk off of a “warning status” concerning criteria for student learning … 1

Solarize consortium delayed by installer selection process

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

There will be a three-month delay for residents in Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland who have signed up to install solar-electric panels on their homes. Negotiations fell through with the installer the chosen through the cooperative Solarize Mass. photovoltaic program. “Unfortunately, it was not possible to partner with an … 0

Mohawk school board meeting postponed

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

ASHFIELD — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday at Sanderson Academy was postponed to April 15, in anticipation of sleet and freezing rain. The April 15 meeting will be held at Sanderson, beginning at 7 p.m. … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Buckland board meets Thursday BUCKLAND — The Board of Selectmen will hold a special meeting Thursday to discuss concerns with school officials about proposed regional agreement changes and a plan to offer free preschool in the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s elementary schools. Last week, selectmen sent a … 0

Where the funding meets the road

Monday, April 6, 2015

With a six-year, $478 billion federal transportation bill released recently to help close an estimated $1 trillion gap in the nation’s highway and bridge infrastructure and improve rail and public transit, a Franklin County group is scheduling an informational meeting as part of a “Stand Up for Transportation … 2