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The colorguard passes by on Federal Street in Greenfield during the 2012 Memorial Day parade in Greenfield.
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Neighbors: Go to a local parade and support our veterans Monday

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. It originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in that war, but by the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who died while in military service. The … 0

Franklin County Memorial Day events

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ashfield The Memorial Day parade on Monday begins at 10 a.m. in front of Town Hall, proceeds to Plain Cemetery and to the Veterans Memorial and Civil War Memorial, then back to Town Hall. There will be featured speakers and music as well. Bernardston The town’s parade kicks off from the Four Leaf … 0

Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum opens for the season on Saturday

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum will reopen for the 2015 season on Saturday. Visitors will be able to take a 15-minute ride back in time on the beautifully restored trolley Number 10 which was restored to service in 1999. This 116-year-old trolley carried freight and passengers on tracks between Shelburne … 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

Proposal for Rowe to join Mohawk dropped for now

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

BUCKLAND — Rowe may some day rejoin the Mohawk Trail Regional School District, but it won’t be next year. Acting on recommendations from Mohawk and Rowe’s lawyer Russell Dupere, and concerns raised by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Mohawk school board voted unanimously this … 0

House doesn’t act on helping SNAP recipients

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Legislature did not act on a proposed amendment to help food stamp recipients hurt by a recent bureaucratic change. However, anti-hunger and anti-poverty advocates say the Baker administration has indicated it is willing to look at the problem caused by the recent modernization changes in … 0

Buckland to see 2 percent budget hike for schools, town government

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

BUCKLAND — Pending town meeting voter approval, combined town operating costs and school costs will rise by about $72,616 next year; but to avoid a tax levy limit override, the town will cut at least $74,000 in new funding to the town’s general stabilization, police stabilization and Reserve … 0