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Neighbors: Celebration of birthdays dates back thousands of years

Monday, April 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, I am another year older today. Birthdays have been celebrated for thousands of years, and it seems people are still arguing about the origin of the tradition. I did a little research and found a few interesting facts. It seems scholars have found reference of a pharaoh’s birthday in the Bible around 3,000 B.C.E., but some argue that it’s actually referencing the pharaoh’s coronation date, since that … 0

Could Comcast close the broadband gap? State to seek grants to reduce number of under-served towns

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The good news for Massachusetts Broadband Institute’s 11 under-served towns — seven of them in Franklin County — is that the state agency plans to solicit grant proposals from Comcast and other service providers to build out broadband fiber capacity by the end of June, and it’s been told that Comcast “is prepared to move very rapidly” on building out cable capacity in … 0

Progressive dinner celebrates Buckland library’s 125th year

Thursday, April 23, 2015

BUCKLAND — Get a taste of historic “Upper Buckland” while helping the 125-year-old Buckland Public Library raise money. The library is holding its third annual Progressive Dinner on May 2, in which 25 dinner guests are feted inside three historic homes or town buildings and stroll through the village from one home to … 0

Shelburne Falls Area Business Association auction Saturday

Thursday, March 26, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Celebrate spring Saturday at the 19th annual Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association Spring Auction. Enjoy the live auction, silent auction, local beer, wines and food while supporting programs that benefit the business association’s ten hilltowns. Tickets this year are $10 and admission includes a … 0

New spot by bridge offers Mexican fare in Shelburne Falls

Thursday, March 26, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Shelburne Falls has Bridge Street, the Iron Bridge and the Bridge of Flowers. Now it has a new little eatery near all these bridges. “Ponte” is Italian for “bridge,” and Ponte Restaurante , set up … 0

‘Sweetheart’ restaurant owner dies

Monday, March 23, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — The woman who bought the former Sweetheart Restaurant last July has died, according to an obituary published Sunday in The Boston Globe. Mauricia “Maury” Alvarez, 65, died Feb. 27, in her Conway home, according to … 0

Neighbors: Learn about volunteer opportunity with local support team

Monday, March 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. I want to tell you about a great group that’s been serving our community for several years. Community Crisis Support Team, a program of Clinical & Support Options, will host its annual free 15-hour new volunteer training on May 7, 12 and 14 from 4 to … 0

Creative economy survey planned for Shelburne Falls area

Friday, March 20, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — To start a new initiative called “Connecting Commerce & Community,” the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association is asking artists, cultural groups and businesses within its 10 West County towns to take a survey that will help the business association determine what it can do … 0

Town meetings next week

Friday, March 20, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Library Trustees: Monday 7 p.m. in Library. Bernardston Finance Committee: Monday 6:45 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of … 0

Buckland illegal tree cutting under investigation

Friday, March 20, 2015

BUCKLAND — Massachusetts Environmental Police are investigating the illegal cutting of timber in the Buckland State Forest and on other plots of wooded land off Bray Road. “Our legal people are determining how to follow through on this,” … 0

Neighbors: Use all of your senses to greet spring

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Happy spring everyone! It’s time to get out into the sun and enjoy — those cold, grey days are almost behind us. Yes, it will be a little muddy, but who cares after being holdup all winter? Temps are working their way into the 30s and … 0

Mohawk junior wins poetry prize

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

BUCKLAND — Sequoia LeBreux of Shelburne Falls, a junior at Mohawk Trail Regional High, has won the statewide Helen Creeley Student Poetry Prize and will read her winning poems at the childhood home of renowned poet Robert Creeley, … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Buckland tax classification rescheduled BUCKLAND — The Buckland Fire District will hold its tax classification hearing on Monday at 4 p.m. at the fire station on Hodgen Road. The hearing is to determine whether there will be a single or variable tax rate for Fiscal Year 2015. Ashfield … 0