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This year, Mike's Maze, seen in this aerial photo, is based on the classic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." It features Alice herself, as well as other iconic images like the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter's hat, all cut into the Sunderland cornfield.

Neighbors: Things getting curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland

Monday, August 31, 2015

Hello neighbor. Things are about to get curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland. Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm will open its 2015 corn maze, “Alice in Sunderland,” on Sept. 12. Inspired by the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s book, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” the maze will commemorate everyone’s favorite Wonderland explorer throughout its eight acres of corn. This year, David and Jess Wissemann, the family’s next generation, have stepped up to continue the tradition established by Will Sillin and Mike Wissemann. When David and Jess posted an aerial image of the maze on Facebook, it was the number-one trending post on Reddit for several hours, and … 0

West County Notebook

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Buckland questions Mohawk pre-school costs tonight BUCKLAND — Changing the Mohawk Trail Regional School District agreement to include Mohawk’s new preschool program will be discussed tonight, at the 7 p.m. meeting of the Mohawk School Committee. Buckland’s Board of Selectmen have questioned the legality of putting it into the shared operating costs, after getting a legal opinion from lawyer Mark Reich of Kopelman … 0

Buckland selectmen reaffirm pipeline vote

Friday, August 28, 2015

BUCKLAND — After deciding not to join Pipeline Awareness for the Northeast (PLAN-NE), a group opposed to the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline, the Board of Selectmen reluctantly agreed to “reaffirm” a special town meeting vote taken last summer calling for selectmen to oppose the Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s high-pressure gas pipeline and “not allow it within our town borders.” The petitioned article, approved by … 0

MBI vetting service extension for ‘cable towns’

Friday, August 14, 2015

BUCKLAND — Both Comcast and Matrix Design Inc. have applied to the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) to provide “final mile” broadband extension services to western Massachusetts towns that now have partial access to high-speed Internet through Comcast. The Institute is to review the applications, then get back to … 0

Neighbors: Our neighbors are in our thoughts

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. I told you a nice story the other day about a neighbor who was admitted to Baystate Franklin Medical Center with a respiratory infection, who ended up being diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. I’m sorry to … 0

Mohawk Regional School Committee chairman resigns

Thursday, August 13, 2015

BUCKLAND — After serving on the Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee for almost 12 years, Chairman Robert Aeschback of Plainfield announced that Wednesday’s school committee meeting was his last. “I will be moving from Plainfield to North Adams … 0

Solarize PAB picks up steam

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

So far, 46 homeowners in the Solarize Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland (PAB) partnership have signed contracts for solar panel systems with the potential to generate a total of 317 kilowatts of solar photovoltaic electricity. This is an average of 6.9 kW … 0

From China to Mohawk: New classrooms, new country for school district’s Chinese teacher

Monday, August 10, 2015

BUCKLAND — For a dozen years, Melody Chen has taught English to college students at the Yangtze University, near her home in southern China. But this year, Chen will be teaching Chinese to American students within the Mohawk … 0

Neighbors: Franklin County Fair’s Got Talent competition begins

Monday, August 10, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again — the search is on for Franklin County’s most talented. If you’d like to make it to Franklin County Fair’s Got Talent stage, you’ve got just a few more days to submit a link to the video or audio showing everyone your … 0

Mohawk registration starts Monday

Thursday, August 6, 2015

BUCKLAND — Registration dates for Mohawk Trail Regional High School and Middle School are Aug. 10 through 21, for students new to new and returning students, or school choice students in grades seven through twelve. Please contact the guidance department at 625-9811, ext. 1305 to receive a 2015-2016 … 0

Shelburne Falls shops closing

Thursday, August 6, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — By month’s end, JH Sherburne Fine Arts, Portraits and Framing will be closing its doors, after 14 years of doing business at 40 State St. And Serious Whimsies, which features home and garden decor and gifts will be closing as well. This shop, which sits … 0

Neighbors: Manhattan Dolls coming to Athol

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to hop aboard the “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” head to the Athol High School auditorium Aug. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m., when the New York City-based Manhattan Dolls, who perform in the style of the Andrews Sisters, will bring the memorable music of … 0

Neighbors: Dick Henry receives highest Moose honor

Monday, August 3, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’d like to congratulate Richard “Dick” Henry of Greenfield, a member of Greenfield Lodge No. 997 Loyal Order of Moose, who has received the Pilgrim Degree of Merit, which is the highest honor bestowed a member. The degree, currently held by very few throughout the United … 0