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Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the way, has always been my favorite, is … 0

Strawbale house in Buckland blows down energy waste

Sunday, November 22, 2015

BUCKLAND — The future strawbale duplex home of Mike Desorgher, Bob Grignaffini, and their young families is situated in a 23-acre lot atop Crittenden Hill, hidden from the roadside along a winding driveway. Grignaffini’s side of the house is nearing completion, and he hopes his family of five will be able to move … 0

Shelburne Falls’ Moonlight Magic starts Yule season

Sunday, November 22, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — The day after Thanksgiving may be “Black Friday” but not in Shelburne Falls, where a “festival of lights “ and an evening of late-night shopping are highlights of the annual Moonlight Magic, on Nov. 27 from 4 to 9 p.m., sponsored by the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association. Deerfield … 0

Neighbors: More local calendars released

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter and Adoption Center has just released its new 2016 calendar, which is filled with four-legged beauties. The calendar also includes more than 30 photos and bios of dogs that have been adopted. You can count off the days of 2016 … 0

Spell-binding: Spelling Beans remain champs

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

BUCKLAND — Maybe it’s all that coffee that keeps them on their toes, but the Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters’ “Spelling Beans” won a third championship in this year’s Mary Lyon Foundation Community Spelling Bee at the Mohawk Trail … 0

Community Spelling Bee at Mohawk tonight

Monday, November 9, 2015

BUCKLAND — Dust off your dictionary and put on your spelling cap for the 10th annual Community Spelling Bee, starting tonight, Nov. 10, at 6:30 at the Mohawk Trail Regional School. This year’s bee, sponsored by the Mary … 0

Shelburne falls VFW meeting continued to today

Sunday, November 8, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Shelburne Falls VFW Post 8503’s regularly scheduled meeting, held on Sunday, Nov. 1, was adjourned, but will reconvene today at 5:30 p.m. at Post headquarters, 10 Water St. … 0

WiredWest to reorganize as role changes

Friday, November 6, 2015

Now that so many towns without broadband access have voted to borrow millions for a “last mile” fiber optic network, WiredWest has drafted an operating agreement for those that want join a regional fiber-optic network that will be run by WiredWest. The 40-page draft was discussed Friday between … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Yankee Rowe spent fuel storage board meets tonight ROWE — The Yankee Rowe Spent Fuel Storage and Removal Community Advisory Board meets tonight, Nov. 5, at 6 p.m. in the Golden Eagle Restaurant on Route 2 in Clarksburg, near the hairpin turn. The purpose of the meeting is … 0

Spelling bee pushes flu clinic date up

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

BUCKLAND — There’s been a change to the flu clinic schedule, thanks to a “bee.” The Franklin Regional Council of Governments Cooperative Health Service flu clinic originally scheduled for Tuesday in the Mohawk Trail Regional High School has been moved, due to a scheduling conflict with the annual … 0

Neighbors: West county neighbor wants to start book club on climate change

Monday, November 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our west county neighbor John Bos is looking for six to eight people in his area to start a book club with him. You have to be passionate about three things, he says — climate change, reading books on the subject and meeting with other like-minded … 0

Drama served up with brews Tuesdays at Mocha Maya’s

Monday, November 2, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Mocha Maya’s coffeehouse and pub is the place to go for live music, occasional poetry meetings and now weekly play readings in a series called “Taste of Theater Tuesdays” through Nov. 24. “This is part … 0

West County Notebook

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Simpson to hold special weekend event at home studio SHELBURNE — Most people in search of Josh Simpson’s glass “planets” or bowls head to the Salmon Falls Gallery in Shelburne Falls, but this weekend, Nov. 7-8, you can … 0