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Mohawk mulls new background checks

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BUCKLAND — As a new state law kicks in, requiring all Massachusetts public and private schools to get fingerprints and federal Criminal History Record Information for school employees, the Mohawk School Committee is developing a policy on who has access to such information, how to store it and when such confidential information can be destroyed. Massachusetts was the only state not running national criminal history checks of K-12 school employees … 0

177-year-old Lamson & Goodnow cutlery files for bankruptcy

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BUCKLAND — The nation’s oldest cutlery business, Lamson & Goodnow of Shelburne Falls, has filed for bankruptcy after 177 years of making knives and kitchen tools in Franklin County. The manufacturer has filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, which means the company can reorganize while having protection from its creditors. Under Chapter 11, the owner, James Ross … 0

Neighbors: Team Greenfield wins first annual mayors golf tourney

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. You may have read the story I wrote last week about Greenfield Mayor William Martin traveling to Southampton with several teams from town to play in the first annual Western Massachusetts Mayors Cup Golf Tournament to raise money for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Well, Team Greenfield won. The winning trophy, which is engraved with the words “Team Greenfield” at … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Charlemont seeks hazard plan comments CHARLEMONT — The town’s Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee, and the regional planning department has updated the town’s hazard mitigation plan. Once the updated plan is approved by Federal Emergency Management Administration and adopted by the town, Charlemont will be eligible for state and … 0

Berkshire Gas warns about phone scam

Monday, July 28, 2014

Several Berkshire Gas business customers have recently reported receiving fraudulent telephone calls seeking immediate payment of their Berkshire Gas accounts, by credit card, over the telephone, the utility has reported. The caller claims that the account is overdue and requires immediate payment. Several of the fraudulent calls have … 0

‘The Judge’ will open Toronto Film Festival

Monday, July 28, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The movie filmed primarily in Shelburne Falls last summer — “The Judge” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall — has been selected for the opening night film of the Toronto International Film Festival, which … 0

Buckland to vote on wind bylaw next month

Sunday, July 27, 2014

BUCKLAND — After hearing from residents this week, the Planning Board will take another look at its proposed small-scale wind turbine bylaw before bringing it to a vote at a special town meeting in late August. The proposal defines a “small wind energy facility” as a turbine that … 0

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 … 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 … 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. … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 0