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Town officials mull Mohawk regional changes

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BUCKLAND — With enrollment in the 250-square-mile Mohawk Trail Regional School District dipping below 1,000, town officials on the Long Range Planning Committee are talking about consolidating elementary grades within the district’s four elementary schools, seeking statewide changes in how Chapter 70 state educational aid is calculated, and dropping the quest for 100 percent regional transportation reimbursement in favor of scheduling high school bus service based on use — not … 0

Falls Cable seeks volunteers, more local shows

Monday, November 24, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — After investing $60,000 in new television and broadcasting equipment, Falls Cable TV Corp. is seeking volunteers and ideas for more shows about the local community. Besides broadcasting selectmen’s meetings, this local-access cable station also airs programs that give a slice-of-life from West County. For instance, residents who grew up on … 0

Neighbors: Looks like a harsh winter ahead; take care of each other

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. First, I’d like to wish you a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving. Enjoy your friends and family — that’s what great memories are made of. I’m waiting to hear from our local precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy to see what she believes the winter has in store for the county. Until then, … 0

‘Unforgettable’ play based on Korean War love letters

Friday, November 7, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — A woman, packing up her family home after the death of her parents, comes across a suitcase full of love letters from the Korean War, “and we are transported back to two young people separated … 0

Will county sites make the cut on CNN show? Watch Sunday night to find out

Friday, November 7, 2014

On Sunday night, most of the staff of the Shady Glen Diner will gather to see if the Turners Falls eatery made the final cut of Anthony Bourdain’s CNN travel/cooking show “Parts Unknown.” “We’re going to do a … 0

New programs at Cowell Gym

Friday, November 7, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Cowell Gymnasium has expanded its programs this fall. ∎ On Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. a free “First Friday” playgroup for children from birth to age 5, with their parents, will be held. Older siblings are welcome. This program is coordinated by the Mohawk Trail … 0

West County Notebook

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Bag leaves Nov. 12 SHELBURNE — The town Highway Department will be collecting bagged leaves on the Shelburne side of Shelburne Falls on Wednesday morning. Bags containing only leaves should be placed curbside by 7 a.m. Clerk’s office closed SHELBURNE — Town Clerk Joseph Judd’s office will be … 0

Neighbors: Crafts of Colrain self-guided studio tour this weekend

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hello, neighbor. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, why not head to Colrain for its annual Crafts of Colrain self-guided studio tour? Colrain is one of the county’s gems. Tucked in the hills, the town … 0

Academy of Charlemont auction Saturday night

Thursday, November 6, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Want to spend a night in an eco home or escape to Martha’s Vineyard for a week? You can bid on these offerings and many more at the Academy at Charlemont’s 11th annual Cornucopia Auction, a Celebration of the Valley’s Bounty, on Saturday from 5 to … 0

Mary Lyon Foundation’s Community Spelling Bee approaches

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Now is the time for all good spellers to brush up on their “p”s and “q”s for the annual Mary Lyon Foundation’s Community Spelling Bee, to be held Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mohawk Trail Regional School. And if you’re going to compete, … 0

Kulik keeps seat in 1st Franklin District

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Although results from the 1st Franklin District’s largest town and several others were not in by press time, it appeared that Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, had won easy re-election to a 12th term, defeating Republican challenger Dylan Korpita, … 0

Neighbors: Quabbin featured in new book and 2015 calendar

Monday, November 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor J.R. Greene of Athol has just released his 20th book about the Quabbin, “B.V. Brook’s Pre-Quabbin Art, Photos & Postcards,” complete with footnotes and illustrations. It is filled with former Greenwich resident Burt V. Brooks’ photographs, paintings and postcards of three of the Quabbin’s … 0

Pumpkin smashing good time

Sunday, November 2, 2014

SHELBURNE — The age-old tradition of pumpkin smashing is usually considered to be the realm of Halloween vandals, hooligans and mischief-makers, but Pumpkin Smash 2014, held at Hager’s Farm Market in Shelburne Saturday afternoon, proved the practice can … 0