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The path around the TransCanada forebay, popular with local dog-walkers, has recently been closed by the company. Recorder/Diane Broncaccio

Crowd seeks access on TransCanada path in Shelburne Falls

Thursday, July 30, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — On a sweltering night, when a cooling walk along the waters of the TransCanada forebay would have been just the ticket, about 45 residents sat in a stuffy meeting room, asking TransCanada officials to let them keep using a path near hydro electric station No. 3. It’s a path behind the old Lamson & Goodnow buildings that people have walked along for at least a century. TransCanada representative Matthew Cole and land agent Brandon Kibbe gave reasons why the energy company has posted no-trespassing signs around a man-made holding pool, known as a forebay. They explained how the water is piped into … 0

Neighbors: Don’t leave children or pets in vehicles

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Today I want to talk to you good folks about leaving children and pets in vehicles this summer. Please don’t! Leaving them in a hot vehicle could be deadly. If you are out and about with your child — brining him or her to day care, for instance — and it’s … 0

Letter: Mohawk Trail Concerts

Thursday, July 30, 2015

What a terrific season at Mohawk Trail Concerts! Every concert was a gem, such creative programming. I listen to the violin in a new way. I wish I had had some children to bring with me to Babar the Elephant, but all of us kids with white hair loved it. I almost skipped going to the “Poetry of Mary Oliver,” thinking how could … 0

Neighbors: Reunion planned on Catamount Hill in Colrain

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. The 29th Quinquennial Reunion of families who settled Catamount Hill, an historic section of Colrain, will be held Aug. 1 at Colrain Central School, 22 Jacksonville Road. The gathering will begin at 10 a.m. and there will be a guided hike on Catamount Hill on Aug. … 0

Trolley Museum adds Arms Academy replica in time for Saturday’s Trolley Fest

Thursday, July 16, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Just in time for Trolley Fest, the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum has a new attraction: A 4½-foot-tall replica of the old Arms Academy high school, which educated most West County students from 1880 to 1967. … 0

Area businesses implement new sick time law

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

GREENFIELD — The state’s new earned sick time law went into effect earlier this month, but many Franklin County employers say it hasn’t changed their operations all that much. Under the new law, passed by voter referendum in the fall, Massachusetts companies with more than 11 employees must … 0

TransCanada sets July 29 meeting on closed forebay footpath’s future

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

BUCKLAND — Residents upset that a walking path around a power-generation forebay behind the old Lamson & Goodnow building complex has been closed off will have a chance to meet with TransCanada representative Matthew Cole on Wednesday, July … 0

FRTA discusses disabled bus access

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — At a recent hearing, the public, with members of the Transit Advisory Committee of the Franklin Regional Transit Authority, briefly discussed the state-required Comprehensive Service Analysis and brought up concerns that may affect disabled riders. Before the meeting concluded, Whately resident Barbara Orloski and her husband … 0

Solarize group reaches goal, qualifies for deepest discount

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

BUCKLAND — The Solarize Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland consortium has enough households signed up to qualify for the deepest discount possible on the purchase of solar-energy panel systems — at a $3.40-per-watt base price. With 38 households on board to buy photovoltaic systems that will collectively generate up to 285 kilowatts … 0

Making regional transport accessible: Plan increases focus on rail, bike, pedestrian

Monday, July 13, 2015

If the hot-air balloons that were part of this weekend’s Green River Festival got you thinking about alternative travel modes, you may want to look at one of two regional transportation plans now in the works that emphasize … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor collecting for other youngsters

Monday, July 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our young neighbor Elizabeth LaValley of Greenfield, who is a sophomore at Stoneleigh Burnham School, is currently working on an independent community service project through the school. Her goal is to raise $1,000 for the Comfort Wagon Program at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Seven comfort wagons … 0

Deadline looming for music scholarship

Friday, July 10, 2015

SHELBURNE — The Peaceful Educator Foundation plans to award a $1,000 Shaun Patrick Tierney Memorial Scholarship to a high school junior or senior who has “extraordinary potential and genuine talent,” who plans on pursuing more music education and who wants to use music “to promote a peaceful world.” … 0

WiredWest nearing sign-up goal

Friday, July 10, 2015

HEATH — The town needs just five more households to register for WiredWest broadband services. Last week, 122 Heath voters turned out for a special town meeting and authorized their small town to borrow up to $1.45 million as the town’s share of costs for high-speed broadband. The … 0