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Town officials mull Mohawk regional changes

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BUCKLAND — With enrollment in the 250-square-mile Mohawk Trail Regional School District dipping below 1,000, town officials on the Long Range Planning Committee are talking about consolidating elementary grades within the district’s four elementary schools, seeking statewide changes in how Chapter 70 state educational aid is calculated, and dropping the quest for 100 percent regional transportation reimbursement in favor of scheduling high school bus service based on use — not … 0

Falls Cable seeks volunteers, more local shows

Monday, November 24, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — After investing $60,000 in new television and broadcasting equipment, Falls Cable TV Corp. is seeking volunteers and ideas for more shows about the local community. Besides broadcasting selectmen’s meetings, this local-access cable station also airs programs that give a slice-of-life from West County. For instance, residents who grew up on … 0

Neighbors: Looks like a harsh winter ahead; take care of each other

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. First, I’d like to wish you a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving. Enjoy your friends and family — that’s what great memories are made of. I’m waiting to hear from our local precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy to see what she believes the winter has in store for the county. Until then, … 0

Letter: Amazing operation

Monday, October 27, 2014

Richie Davis’s article in the Oct. 14 Recorder gave a good summary of the 25-year history and accomplishments of the Franklin County Solid Waste District. I’ve been on the district’s Board of Representatives for a number of years and have been its treasurer until recently. What readers might … 0

Letter: Make it Steve Kulik

Sunday, October 26, 2014

For the Massachusetts House of Representatives, I choose Steve Kulik for re-election in November. I feel Steve has mastered an understanding of the culture, needs and desires of a huge majority of us living in these hills and valleys we call home. I have come to know Steve … 0

Conway kids face winter ready for fun

Friday, October 24, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — After a good winter ice storm, 12-year-old Caleb Patnode and his 10-year-old sister, Elayna, like to go outside and take advantage of the frozen woods and piles of snow outside their Conway home. If there’s … 0

On the Job

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lamson restructuring SHELBURNE FALLS — Lamson & Goodnow has restructured its sales and marketing operations as part of its financial reorganization plan. Thomas Mihalek has been named vice president of Sales and Marketing, while Robert Muscari is the new vice president of sales for HotSpot silicone pot-holders and … 0

Neighbors: Local 2015 calendars offer variety

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hello, neighbor. It’s that time of year — 2015 calendars are here and it’s time for you to decide what you’d like hanging on your wall for 12 months. If you are interested in local history, trains or … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hawley sets new town meeting date HAWLEY — Another special town meeting is set for Nov. 13 at 7 p.m., to address articles not voted upon in last week’s meeting, which was abruptly adjourned by residents after only one of 15 warrant articles was voted on. That article … 0

Iron Bridge to be repaved

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The iconic Iron Bridge is not just the main artery between Shelburne and Buckland, it’s also the only winter walkway connecting both sides of the village. Besides its role in traffic, the Iron Bridge is … 0

Ashfield-Buckland-Plainfield file Solarize Mass grant

Monday, October 20, 2014

With 133 households interested in installing solar-electric systems on their homes, the newly formed Ashfield-Buckland-Plainfield consortium has applied for a “Solarize Mass” grant that would cut the cost of electricity-producing solar panels by up to 20 percent below the statewide average. If the consortium’s application is among the … 0

Mohawk teenager’s summer to remember

Sunday, October 19, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Ask Briel Gibson, 17, of Shelburne Falls how she spent her summer vacation, and she’s likely to tell you one of three things: 1) She spent two weeks rooting out invasive plant species from the … 0

Transportation ‘windfall:’ Mohawk proposes revolving fund

Friday, October 17, 2014

BUCKLAND — With the state paying 90 percent — instead of 60 percent — of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s $750,000 reimbursable school bus costs this year, four member towns have asked Mohawk to refund part of their school assessments that were based on the lower estimate … 0