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An Ashfield resident has put down a deposit on the Lamson & Goodnow property on the Buckland side of Shelburne Falls.
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Ashfield man aims to buy Lamson buildings

Friday, January 23, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — An Ashfield resident has offered to buy most of the Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co. complex for $1.3 million, pending the outcome of a U.S. Bankruptcy Court hearing scheduled for Feb. 25, at 11:30 a.m. in Springfield. John Madocks of Ashfield recently closed on a purchase and sale agreement, with a $65,000 deposit on the property. Madocks, … 0

Neighbors: Show warmth, sympathy and understanding

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. I was supposed to be in Boston this morning, but instead I’m at work. I was supposed to be sitting beside my dad who was supposed to be recovering from the heart surgery he was supposed to have had on Wednesday. The surgery was cance led, though, because a man walked … 0

Mohawk study offers ideas for saving money

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BUCKLAND — The state’s geographically largest public school system is also the most sparsely populated: the 253-square mile Mohawk Trail Regional School District encompasses almost 530 road miles, yet has a density of less than two school students per mile, according to the Long Range Planning Committee. Because of its population sparsity and many miles between students and their schools, Mohawk’s per-pupil costs … 0

Neighbors: Celebrate MLK Day by doing service

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which we will celebrate on Monday, is not about having a day off, but instead about doing service for your neighbors and community. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” King said. The civil rights … 0

20 chilis to taste at Sunday Cook Off

Thursday, January 15, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — If you come to the 19th annual “Chili Cook Off” this Sunday, come hungry: There will be 20 chilis on the table, and tasters will vote for their favorites. This year’s Chili Cook Off, sponsored … 0

West County food pantry numbers double

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — In its first month inside its permanent new home in the Cowell Gymnasium building, the West County Emergency Food Pantry has doubled the number of West County households receiving food. On Jan. 24, the new … 0

Buckland debates pact to share police forces

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

BUCKLAND — Does a new four-county western Massachusetts Mutual Aid Agreement take away too much police oversight from its small-town members? Buckland Selectman John “Rob” Riggan thinks so, and quizzed Buckland Police Chief James Hicks repeatedly Tuesday on a so-called “self-activation” clause in the Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden and … 0

Neighbors: Mahar Class of 1964 helps its neighbors

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Mahar’s Class of 1964 had a very busy year last year. The class held its first fundraiser in December 2013, using half of the proceeds to fund award scholarships to some of the graduates of the Class of 2014 and the other half was given as … 0

Goodbye La Luncheonette; hello Ponte

Monday, January 12, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Today is the final day for the tiny La Luncheonette, a breakfast and lunch cafe that opened about a year ago. Regular customers are invited to come by and even get the recipes for some … 0

West County Notebook

Friday, January 9, 2015

New owner for Ashfield Lake House? ASHFIELD — On Monday , the Selectboard will be meeting with Andrea “Dre” Rawlings of Ashfield, a prospective buyer of the Ashfield Lake House, for a discussion and possible vote to transfer the restaurant’s liquor license to Rawlings. Judith Hamilton has owned … 0

WiredWest towns ready for next step

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Selectmen from all 11 Franklin County hilltowns without high-speed Internet have approved WiredWest’s nonbinding resolution to go forward with a “last mile” $100 million to $120 million fire-optic network build-out. Now the financial planning begins. Ashfield, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, New Salem, Rowe, Shutesbury, Warwick and Wendell … 0

New solar incentive in Ashfield, Buckland, Plainfield

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Ashfield, Buckland and Plainfield will be able to offer “Solarize Massachusetts” incentives that will cut solar-panel installation costs for residents by up to 20 percent below the state average cost. The Patrick Administration’s Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Maeve V. Bartlett announced the three-town consortium is among the … 0

Mother’s Pantry to close Jan. 31

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — After 17 years on Bridge Street, Mother’s Pantry will close on Jan. 31. Although the store will be gone, Mother’s specialty food products — jams, chutneys, relishes, sauces and other items from locally grown ingredients — will still be available in other shops throughout the … 0