Buckland

Neighbors: We dodged the blizzard bullet and now back to daily life

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, we dodged another bullet this week — gotta love the storm that wasn’t. Hope you all had a nice snow day and got to do some of the things you typically can’t because of work and other responsibilities. Have a great weekend! GIRL SCOUT TROOP 12926 will be back out selling cookies, so be on the lookout. Scouts will be at Scotty’s on the Hill in Turners … 0

Trolley Museum gets $10K to restore Freight House

Thursday, January 29, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Ever since the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum bought the historic Shelburne Falls Freight House in 2004, the old building has been a work-in-progress. But now, thanks to a $10,000 grant, volunteers will be able to finish restoration of the building’s exterior, says Trolley Museum President Sam Bartlett. Volunteers have already … 0

Buckland ponders mutual aid plan

Thursday, January 29, 2015

BUCKLAND — Selectmen held off on voting to sign the Western Mass. Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Agreement until they have more information about liabilities for out-of-town police officers who might “self-activate” in another town if they see a crime, car accident or traffic violation in progress. “What if our officer self-activates (in another town) and gets hurt?” asked Selectman Kevin Fox. “Are the … 0

Mother’s Pantry to close Jan. 31

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — After 17 years on Bridge Street, Mother’s Pantry will close on Jan. 31. Although the store will be gone, Mother’s specialty food products — jams, chutneys, relishes, sauces and other items from locally grown ingredients — will still be available in other shops throughout the … 0

Neighbors: Look ahead to a great year

Monday, January 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. Hope you all had a wonderful New Year. Now it’s time to look ahead. According to our precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy, we’re supposed to see 23 snowfalls this winter — remember, you only have to track a cat for one to be counted. Even so, that … 0

Student newspaper proves good read

Sunday, January 4, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — When Buckland Shelburne Elementary School parent John Snyder volunteered to lead an after-school enrichment course last spring, starting a school newspaper wasn’t even on his mind. “I said I knew something about journalism and I’d … 0

Letter: Insightful column

Friday, January 2, 2015

My compliments to editor Tim Blagg for his fine opinion piece Dec. 29, 2014, about the complexities and difficulties of policing in the U.S. This is a profoundly important issue and we sorely need this type of productive, well-reasoned discussion. As usual, his insights are solidly grounded in … 0

Town board meetings for week of Jan. 5

Friday, January 2, 2015

Ashfield Selectboard/Personnel Board: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard/Personnel Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Assessors: Thursday 5:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Assessors: Tuesday 2 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday … 0

Neighbors: Now’s the time to get your children involved in Shakespeare

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Happy New Year! It’s finally here and the days are getting colder. But as I said the other day, it’s also a chance for a new beginning. Has your 7- to-18-year-old been thinking about some William Shakespeare? Well, now’s the time. Young Shakespeare Players East in … 0

Tech still working toward roof, other renovations

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School officials continue to eye the building’s aging roof. Authority to approve spending for the project, formerly thought to be in the hands of the spring annual town meetings of member towns, … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year’s Day potluck kicks off Ashfield 250th year ASHFIELD — A New Year’s potluck/brunch will be held today in the Town Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jody Hall of the town’s Historical Commission said the low-key event is intended to kick-off the 250th anniversary of … 0

No snow? Ski areas have new options

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

HAWLEY — What do you do with 15.5 miles of scenic cross-country ski trails and no snow during a winter holiday week? Why not offer up those twisting, groomed trails to winter “fat biking?” That’s what Lloyd and … 0

West County Notebook

Monday, December 29, 2014

Opera rescheduled SHELBURNE — Work on the Memorial Hall roof unintentionally prevented operagoers from seeing the live, high-definition telecast of Richard Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg” by the Metropolitan Opera Co. recently. But a taped version of that Dec. 13 performance will be shown on Feb. 7 at … 0