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Neighbors: Head to the North Quabbin for some summer fun

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was really excited to read last week that the North Quabbin will be getting some help from the state to boost tourism. It’s such a beautiful area — and you all know how much I love the Quabbin Reservoir. There are other attractions in that area: Starrett Museum in Athol, Swift River Historical Society Museum in New Salem and Tully Lake and Campground. You really should get … 0

Buckland bylaw hearing set for Tuesday

Sunday, July 20, 2014

BUCKLAND — The Planning Board will hold a public hearing Tuesday , at 7 p.m. at the Mohawk Trail Regional High School cafeteria to discuss proposed revisions to the town’s zoning bylaws. These changes include: ∎ Adding a new section on “Small Wind Energy Facility Bylaw” which would allow, by special permit only, small wind energy facilities of up to 120 feet tall, … 0

West County still ‘on hold’ for cell coverage

Friday, July 18, 2014

Among its historic artifacts, Rowe has two that may someday cause younger generations to scratch their heads in wonder: The first is a red phone booth outside Town Hall. The second is a pay phone installed on the Town Hall exterior. The picturesque phone booth is empty because the phone company took away that unprofitable “land-line” years ago. But the pay phone — … 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

Mohawk Supt. ranked ‘proficient’

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Superintendent gets graded by school board BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee ranked its school superintendent as “proficient,” under a new evaluation system that included both a checklist on various superintendent skills and a comment portion on the superintendent’s performances and goals. As has been … 0

Metaphor Yarns changing course

Friday, June 13, 2014

SHELBURNE — Metaphor Yarns closes shop on Sunday , but will expand its “metaphorical shop” online, offering classes, knitting kits, knitting circles and even “pop-up” stores in Greenfield and Shelburne Falls, from time to time. Although the 623 … 0

Mohawk enrolls first Chinese student

Friday, June 13, 2014

BUCKLAND — Mohawk Trail Regional School has enrolled its first Chinese student for the coming school year. According to the meeting minutes of a School Committee session, Mohawk has its first tuition-paying Chinese student, who will be joining Mohawk as a sophomore. His name was not given, but … 0