Businesses continue to equip Tech machine shop

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School Machine Technology program has another boost from the area’s industry in the form of $50,000 worth of precision measuring tools and equipment to complement the new computer controlled machining behemoths purchased through the business-led fundraising campaign begun last year. The latest donation comes from L.S. Starrett Co., the Athol-based manufacturer of precision tools, gauges and instruments, saws and hand tools. Representatives from … 0

Progressive dinner to help library

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

BUCKLAND — Supporters of the Buckland Public Library are once again holding its Historic Upper Buckland Progressive Dinner fundraiser, on Saturday at 5 p.m. It involves a leisurely stroll along upper Buckland’s historic district and a three-course meal at three historic houses. The event will begin at the site of the original Buckland Post Office with a selection of appetizers and local wine. … 0

Garage site back on Buckland meeting warrant

Monday, April 21, 2014

BUCKLAND — Buying town garage land in Charlemont is back on the table at this year’s annual town meeting, along with requests to OK borrowing for school building improvements at Mohawk Trail Regional School and at the Buckland Shelburne Elementary School. The annual town meeting will be held May 7 at 7 p.m. in the Mohawk auditorium. In March, a special town meeting … 0

Tool sale to benefit trolley restorer’s family

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — A “Tom Kehoe Memorial Tool Sale” will be held Saturday at the back of the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, to help the family of the late carpenter who helped restore the museum’s trolley. The sale, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., will include a full … 0

Buckland OKs solar bylaw

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

BUCKLAND — They say politics makes strange bedfellows, and the four voters who opposed the Planning Board’s large-scale solar farm bylaw fell into two camps: those who thought the bylaw was too restrictive and those who thought it wasn’t restrictive enough. The 25 other voters at Monday’s special … 0

Neighbors: Spring has sprung!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hello neighbor. Spring has sprung! The trees and flowers are budding, birds are singing, and the woodpeckers — I’ve encountered quite a few lately — are drumming. So the next time you step outside, close your eyes, take … 0

Neighbors: Upcoming event to benefit children with developmental delays

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Some of the valley’s best musicians will donate their time on May 10 at 8 p.m. in the Arts Block in Greenfield to raise money for three important causes: Mosaic Down Syndrome Association, REACH Early Intervention and The Academy of Early Learning. The musicians are being … 0

Mole Hollow building plans uncertain

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The old Mole Hollow candle factory/grist mill will not become a holistic health center after all. Instead, the building owners have announced that the Goldthread Organic Herb Farm and Apothecary center will be built in … 0

Blacks overlooked in Civil War histories

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

BUCKLAND — In Gettysburg, almost 100 years before Abraham Lincoln proclaimed “a new birth of freedom” in his famous address, African-Americans in that small Pennsylvania town were already living their own freedom — as free-born residents, or freed … 0

Buckland to vote on solar bylaw Monday

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

BUCKLAND — Residents will be asked to adopt a zoning bylaw amendment for large-scale, electricity-generating solar farms at a special town meeting on Monday , beginning at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall. Copies of the bylaw proposal … 0

Business group’s annual auction set for this Saturday

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The 18th annual Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association Auction takes place on Saturday at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center, beginning at 6 p.m. The community center is located at 53 Main St. Hors d’oeuvres will be prepared by Chef Margaret Fitzpatrick. A cash bar will … 0

Neighbors: Local woman to study the connection between nature and poetry

Monday, March 31, 2014

Hello neighbor. Another one of our young neighbors has won an award. Carolyn “Carrie” Decker, a South Deerfield native who is currently a senior at Wheaton College — my oldest son Dan spent a couple of years there … 0

Shelburne Falls Fire District election, meeting on April 14

Monday, March 31, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Shelburne Falls Fire District will hold its annual elections and meeting on April 14. Voting will take place at the Fire Station from noon to 7 p.m. The meeting, also at the station, is at 7:30 p.m. On the ballot this year, Frank Field … 0