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The Frog and Flower Parade crosses the Iron Bridge in an earlier Riverfest held in Shelburne Falls. Submitted photo.

Shelburne Falls RiverFest set for June 5 to 7

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — This year’s RiverFest, a weekend-long celebration of the Deerfield River June 5 through 7, will include tours of a hydropower plant, street music, fly-casting demonstrations, rafting and paddleboard trips, a parade decoration workshop and its outcome — the Frog and Flower Parade. This 27th annual event will be held over three days this year. It begins with … 0

Neighbors: Grandparents: Share your stories

Monday, May 25, 2015

Hello, neighbor Many times in my travels throughout the county, I am stopped by other grandparents who have read about my grandsons Justin, Owen and Travis. They thank me for sharing my stories every now and then, and then they share some of their own with me. Over and over, I hear about how much they are enjoying themselves and I have to … 0

West County Notebook

Friday, May 22, 2015

Health fair Tuesday at Senior Center SHELBURNE FALLS — The Senior Center on Main Street is sponsoring a health service provider fair on Tuesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Vendors taking part include Eye and Lasik Center, Pioneer Hearing, Community Health Dental, Health New England Bone Density, Kip Moeller, foot care, Dena Briggs, skin care, Regional Health Nurse Lisa White and Mo Grossberger … 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

Several incumbents seek re-election

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

BUCKLAND — Besides the three candidates in Monday’s selectmen’s race, several incumbents are seeking re-election to their current offices. Running for re-election to three-year terms are: Board of Assessors, Sam Purington, Board of Health, Richard Wagner and Finance Committee, Michael Turley. Cathryn Russillo is running as a write-in … 0

Three vie for Buckland selectman’s seat

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

BUCKLAND — Three long-time Buckland residents are competing for a selectman’s seat in this year’s annual town election on Monday. Dena Willmore of Charlemont Road has served on the Finance Committee since 1999, and has been its chairwoman for about a dozen years. Willmore worked in the financial … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 0

Mohawk junior class auction, foot race set for Saturday

Thursday, April 23, 2015

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School junior class will hold its annual Junior Class Auction, Mohawk Rainbow Run and tag sale/bake sale this Saturday at Mohawk Trail Regional School. The tag sale begins at 8 a.m. The Rainbow Run/Walk 5k is an un-timed race in which participants … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Bakers wanted for Hawley election day bake sale on May 4 HAWLEY — Think voting is as American as apple pie? Then why not bake a pie (or brownies) for the Hawley annual town election bake sale, on May 4, from 11:45 a.m. to 7 p.m.? Town Clerk … 0