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Neighbors: We dodged the blizzard bullet and now back to daily life

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, we dodged another bullet this week — gotta love the storm that wasn’t. Hope you all had a nice snow day and got to do some of the things you typically can’t because of work and other responsibilities. Have a great weekend! GIRL SCOUT TROOP 12926 will be back out selling cookies, so be on the lookout. Scouts will be at Scotty’s on the Hill in Turners … 0

Trolley Museum gets $10K to restore Freight House

Thursday, January 29, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Ever since the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum bought the historic Shelburne Falls Freight House in 2004, the old building has been a work-in-progress. But now, thanks to a $10,000 grant, volunteers will be able to finish restoration of the building’s exterior, says Trolley Museum President Sam Bartlett. Volunteers have already … 0

Buckland ponders mutual aid plan

Thursday, January 29, 2015

BUCKLAND — Selectmen held off on voting to sign the Western Mass. Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Agreement until they have more information about liabilities for out-of-town police officers who might “self-activate” in another town if they see a crime, car accident or traffic violation in progress. “What if our officer self-activates (in another town) and gets hurt?” asked Selectman Kevin Fox. “Are the … 0

Franklin County Technical School teachers protest ‘hasty’ superintendent hiring

Thursday, January 15, 2015

MONTAGUE — Franklin County Technical School teachers stood up at this week’s School Committee meeting to protest the abrupt selection of a superintendent last month, focusing on the process rather than the pick. Five leaders of the Franklin County Technical Teachers Association union took their complaint to the … 0

Neighbors: Celebrate MLK Day by doing service

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which we will celebrate on Monday, is not about having a day off, but instead about doing service for your neighbors and community. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” King said. The civil rights … 0

20 chilis to taste at Sunday Cook Off

Thursday, January 15, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — If you come to the 19th annual “Chili Cook Off” this Sunday, come hungry: There will be 20 chilis on the table, and tasters will vote for their favorites. This year’s Chili Cook Off, sponsored … 0

West County food pantry numbers double

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — In its first month inside its permanent new home in the Cowell Gymnasium building, the West County Emergency Food Pantry has doubled the number of West County households receiving food. On Jan. 24, the new … 0

Buckland debates pact to share police forces

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

BUCKLAND — Does a new four-county western Massachusetts Mutual Aid Agreement take away too much police oversight from its small-town members? Buckland Selectman John “Rob” Riggan thinks so, and quizzed Buckland Police Chief James Hicks repeatedly Tuesday on a so-called “self-activation” clause in the Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden and … 0

Neighbors: Mahar Class of 1964 helps its neighbors

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Mahar’s Class of 1964 had a very busy year last year. The class held its first fundraiser in December 2013, using half of the proceeds to fund award scholarships to some of the graduates of the Class of 2014 and the other half was given as … 0

Goodbye La Luncheonette; hello Ponte

Monday, January 12, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Today is the final day for the tiny La Luncheonette, a breakfast and lunch cafe that opened about a year ago. Regular customers are invited to come by and even get the recipes for some … 0

West County Notebook

Friday, January 9, 2015

New owner for Ashfield Lake House? ASHFIELD — On Monday , the Selectboard will be meeting with Andrea “Dre” Rawlings of Ashfield, a prospective buyer of the Ashfield Lake House, for a discussion and possible vote to transfer the restaurant’s liquor license to Rawlings. Judith Hamilton has owned … 0

WiredWest towns ready for next step

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Selectmen from all 11 Franklin County hilltowns without high-speed Internet have approved WiredWest’s nonbinding resolution to go forward with a “last mile” $100 million to $120 million fire-optic network build-out. Now the financial planning begins. Ashfield, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, New Salem, Rowe, Shutesbury, Warwick and Wendell … 0

New solar incentive in Ashfield, Buckland, Plainfield

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Ashfield, Buckland and Plainfield will be able to offer “Solarize Massachusetts” incentives that will cut solar-panel installation costs for residents by up to 20 percent below the state average cost. The Patrick Administration’s Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Maeve V. Bartlett announced the three-town consortium is among the … 0