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Letter: Kicking the dog

Friday, July 25, 2014

The letter from Mr. Ratte and Ms. Purdy July 17 expresses an old human illogical reaction. I’ll call it “Kick Their Dog.” Surely we all agree that peace and well-being is a good thing. When we think of what the factors are which express peace, food is right up there. Shared food, shared work, cooperation, happy children. What’s not to like? In the case of the letter from Ratte and … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor to raise money for animals

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. One of our younger neighbors, 11-year-old Miracle Leyro, is organizing a walk through the downtown Greenfield area this Saturday with a group of her friends. The youngsters plan to raise money for Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society. Miracle’s mother Diana Nunez told me that Miracle plans to walk along Main and Federal streets, as well as some of the side streets, … 0

Chinese students get glimpse of American life at Mohawk

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BUCKLAND — The 21 middle-school students from Hangzhou Qinghe Middle School loved the shady sugar maples they found growing behind the Mohawk Trail Regional High School. But the taste of the maple syrup itself? Maybe not so much. On their first day of school here, Mohawk science teacher Samantha Lydiard gave students a … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy, but stay safe on the Fourth of July

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are just a week away from July 4 and I’m sure there will be plenty of celebrating going on next weekend. I hope you all have great fun and get to spend time with friends … 0

Letter: let the record show

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

I am writing in response to a letter to the editor from Roger Ward. I have spoken to Mr. Ward and he has apologized to me. However, for the record I did not vote against the article regarding the veterans at the Town of Buckland annual town meeting. … 0

Neighbors: Scholarships help students pursue dreams and agencies help others

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Wells Trust Scholarship recently announced this year’s recipients and I’d like to share their names, or at least where some of them are from, with you today. Fred W. and Ethel Dow Wells were longtime … 0

More than 1/3 of Franklin County ticks carry Lyme disease

Friday, June 20, 2014

More than a third of ticks collected in 10 Franklin County towns so far this season have tested positive for Lyme disease. “We are finding Lyme to be highly prevalent in Franklin County, but we also know it … 0

Greenfield Community College graduates LPNs

Friday, June 20, 2014

Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program students graduated in a special ceremony Friday afternoon. This is the 22nd graduating class of the program that prepares students to become licensed practical nurses. Many in the class are nontraditional students who have balanced family and work responsibilities to successfully complete … 0

Buckland voters back gas pipeline ban

Friday, June 20, 2014

BUCKLAND — With ample discussion but no debate, special town meeting voters have overwhelmingly approved a ban on “fracked gas” pipelines such as that proposed for Franklin County by Kinder Morgan and its subsidiary, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. The town’s Energy Committee supports the ban and organized the … 0

Here comes ‘The Judge’ film trailer

Friday, June 20, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The movie trailer for the film shot in Shelburne Falls last summer, “The Judge,” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, is now online for viewing. According to the IMDB website, where the trailer can … 0

Neighbors: Franklin County natives featured on Playbill.com

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Have you heard that Frontier Regional High School graduates (2010) Dale Murphy, a Sunderland native, and Tyler Conroy, a Conway native, were recently featured on Playbill.com? Dale wrote a musical based on the music of Taylor Swift and Tyler starred in and directed it. “It’s a … 0

Buckland special meeting to weigh pipeline ban, bills

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

BUCKLAND — Re-voting the town’s assessment for the Mohawk Trail Regional School District, paying bills and voting on a townwide ban on “fracked gas” pipelines are on Thursday’s special town meeting warrant. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall upstairs meeting room. While selectmen have … 0

Franklin County school districts weigh PARCC vs. MCAS, results mixed

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — With the state offering a choice between getting an early start with the probable next big standardized test or continuing with the MCAS for the time being, area school districts have split more or less down the middle. Deciding factors included uncertainty over the future, … 0