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Family, pets escape house fire in Buckland

Monday, May 4, 2015

BUCKLAND — Late Monday morning, Melissa Udal was brewing coffee and making breakfast for her family when her son, Tristan Kostanski, ran downstairs, exclaiming his Comcast cable box had exploded. In seconds, popping noises were heard throughout the walls of the multi-story home at 8 East Buckland Road and sparks began to fly. Cindy Reed, a longtime family friend, had … 0

Willmore will serve as selectman in Buckland

Monday, May 4, 2015

BUCKLAND — In a three-way race for selectman, Dena Willmore, who had served on the Finance Committee, won with 139 votes. Her opponents, Eric Temple and Paul J. Herbert, received 118 and 52 votes, respectively. The following incumbents were re-elected to three-year terms: Sam Purington on the Board of Assessors, Richard Warner on … 0

Neighbors: Another chance to help a neighbor in need

Monday, May 4, 2015

Hello, neighbor. First, I would like to send out a “very happy birthday” to grandson Justin’s beautiful mommy Suzanne. There’s going be a benefit golf tournament with shotgun start for longtime local disc jockey Ryan Interlande, who needs a heart transplant, at Thomas Memorial Golf and Country Club in Montague City on May 23 at 9 a.m. The rain date is May 24 … 0

Neighbors: French musical at Arts Block

Monday, April 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’re looking for something fun to do next weekend, or the following one, head to the Arts Block on Main Street in Greenfield for the French musical, “Irma la Douce,” which will be performed by Arena Civic Theatre on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday … 0

Tonight in Buckland: candidate’s night

Monday, April 20, 2015

BUCKLAND — Three candidates are running for selectman in the May 4 annual town election, and voters can meet them, along with other candidates, tonight at 7 in the Town Hall. According to town officials all three candidates will be present. Selectman Cheryl Dukes is not seeking re-election, … 0

Mohawk towns wrangle over free preschool proposal

Sunday, April 19, 2015

ASHFIELD — West County towns are debating whether to offer “free” preschool next year — paid for through tax dollars rather than by parents of individual preschoolers, whose children don’t qualify for free preschool services for special needs. Unlike other Mohawk Trail Regional School District elementary schools, Sanderson … 0

Tech students capture honors in statewide competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Twenty-six students from FCTS competed against 350 students in about 20 events March 7 through 9 in Framingham and Upton. Emmett Boyd of Northfield, Kyle … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Library talk Sunday SHELBURNE FALLS — Female genital mutilation (FGM), the practice of removing parts of the female genitalia for nonmedical reasons, will be the topic of a discussion Sunday, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Arms Library. “FGM affects women all around the world, including more … 0

Hilltown Draw-Around draws some crowds

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Right up to the very last minute, as they covered the walls and floors of the Cowell Gym with paper, Laura Iveson, Jane Beatrice Wegscheider and James Smith wondered who would come to the Cowell … 0

Making the switch

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Amid pressure from legislators and upset consumers, state utility regulators have eliminated a 15-year-old rule that required electricity suppliers to recalculate the bills of customers when they switch from their basic service to a competitor. The practice has cost customers, dozens of whom are from western … 0

Arms Library roof repair starts this week

Monday, April 13, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — With the forecast of warmer days ahead, scaffolding went up Monday around the Arms Library, in preparation for the long-awaited roof repairs. Titan Roofing of Springfield will begin working on the 101-year-old roof, and expects … 0

Neighbors: Paint and Sip awakens my inner artist

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. A group of friends and family gathering together to paint on canvas, while sipping their favorite beverages, has become a national trend. In this area, two of the companies that provide such entertainment — at least … 1

Buckland selectmen voice Mohawk budget concerns

Sunday, April 12, 2015

BUCKLAND — Districtwide free preschool, the financial impact of Rowe’s joining the Mohawk district, and that oldest elephant in the room — school closure — were on the minds of Buckland selectmen Thursday, as they quizzed Superintendent Michael Buoniconti on these budget issues. In a meeting that lasted … 0