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The Frog and Flower Parade crosses the Iron Bridge in an earlier Riverfest held in Shelburne Falls. Submitted photo.

Shelburne Falls RiverFest set for June 5 to 7

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — This year’s RiverFest, a weekend-long celebration of the Deerfield River June 5 through 7, will include tours of a hydropower plant, street music, fly-casting demonstrations, rafting and paddleboard trips, a parade decoration workshop and its outcome — the Frog and Flower Parade. This 27th annual event will be held over three days this year. It begins with … 0

Neighbors: Grandparents: Share your stories

Monday, May 25, 2015

Hello, neighbor Many times in my travels throughout the county, I am stopped by other grandparents who have read about my grandsons Justin, Owen and Travis. They thank me for sharing my stories every now and then, and then they share some of their own with me. Over and over, I hear about how much they are enjoying themselves and I have to … 0

West County Notebook

Friday, May 22, 2015

Health fair Tuesday at Senior Center SHELBURNE FALLS — The Senior Center on Main Street is sponsoring a health service provider fair on Tuesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Vendors taking part include Eye and Lasik Center, Pioneer Hearing, Community Health Dental, Health New England Bone Density, Kip Moeller, foot care, Dena Briggs, skin care, Regional Health Nurse Lisa White and Mo Grossberger … 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 … 0

Strong box stolen from Eagle’s Club in Buckland

Sunday, May 3, 2015

BUCKLAND — State police are investigating an early morning burglary at the Eagle’s Club in Buckland. Trooper Nick Pellegrino of the Shelburne barracks said police responded to the 52 State St. building around 3:20 a.m. after an alarm was tripped and discovered the back door had been forced … 0

One more Buckland election write-in

Friday, May 1, 2015

BUCKLAND — There are now two write-in candidates for each of the open Finance Committee seats on the ballot in Monday’s annual town election: William Knittle of North Street is running for the three-year term and Cynthia Caporaso, also of North Street, is running for the two-year term, … 0

Heath, Hawlemont get $355K in renewable energy grants

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Hawlemont Regional and Heath Elementary schools will receive a combined $355,375 in state grant money to replace their old oil heating systems to highly efficient wood-pellet, biomass boilers that will save both schools thousands of dollars per year in heating bills. “Both Mohawk and Hawlemont are very … 0

Sen. Benjamin Downing collects four honors

Thursday, April 30, 2015

It’s been a good couple of weeks for Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, who’s achieved a noteworthy degree of recognition. On Wednesday, he was named the Massachusetts Association of School Committees’ legislator of the year for a second time, recognizing his “support and aggressive advocacy for our annual budget … 0

‘Movie stars’ in Shelburne Falls

Thursday, April 30, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Hollywood visitors Kate Winslet, Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall are just a memory, but now you can easily find some local buildings where scenes from the movies “Labor Day” and “The Judge” were filmed. … 0

Mary Lyon Foundation celebrates 25th year with Sunday ‘Lyonnaise’

Thursday, April 30, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Massachusetts’ 2015 “Teacher of the Year” Jeffrey Shea of Arlington and several high-achieving Mohawk alumni will help the Mary Lyon Foundation kick off its 25th year anniversary celebration Sunday, at the annual Spring Lyonnaise on … 0

Neighbors: Time to help another young neighbor in need

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Another young neighbor and her family need our help. Five-year-old Langston Mackenzie Secore needs a non invasive treatment for her scoliosis, which she was diagnosed with at Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield. The treatment is meant to prevent or delay more invasive surgery. She’s supposed … 0

West County Notebook

Thursday, April 30, 2015

McCusker’s ‘listening session’ planned SHELBURNE FALLS — About 20 years ago, McCusker’s Market had a single booth behind the deli section, and the morning breakfast crowd would share the booth or sit on the steps in front of … 0

Yankee Magazine names three local businesses ‘best’ of New England

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Blueberry doughnuts, Polish food and tubing down the Deerfield River have all been recognized this year by Yankee Magazine as being the “best” in New England. The magazine’s editors said “the moist, slightly crumbly blueberry doughnut represents the … 0