Buckland

WiredWest awaits state approval of business plan

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) has not yet evaluated WiredWest’s business plan but is preparing to, according to MBI Director Eric Nakajima. The issue came up last week in Colrain, when selectmen and Crocker Communications sales director Bill Stathis discussed whether WiredWest’s minimum broadband service fee, $49 per month, would be enough to meet the costs of the municipal broadband cooperative’s last-mile fiber-optic network for sparsely populated towns. Colrain is … 0

For 'Blossom Brigade,' volunteering to keep Bridge of Flowers blooming is labor of love

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — In the days when Karen Winkler of Manchester, Conn., was just a visitor — not a steady volunteer — on the Bridge of Flowers, she marvelled at how picture-perfect the bridge always looked. “I was a gardener,” she said Friday morning, rake in hand. “But when I retired, I lost … 0

Letter: God’s natural handiwork

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I have been on three continents, sailed two oceans and three seas and as I observed these portions of the earth that God created. I am still amazed of His handiwork. Each area has its own flora and fauna, but they have one thing in common: They have been placed there by God. People call our planet “Mother Earth,” however, it’s God’s Earth … 0

State budget boosts western Mass. programs

Thursday, July 9, 2015

A number of western Massachusetts programs stand to benefit from the state budget compromise hammered out in Boston Wednesday. According to state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg’s office, more than 400,000 working families across Massachusetts will receive more back on the income tax returns next year under the Senate’s … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Blue Block reprieve: New owner buys embattled building COLRAIN — Although special town meeting voters last month agreed to buy and demolish the vacant Blue Block building at 3 Main Road, someone else has purchased the building before the town could buy it. According to Town Coordinator Kevin … 0

Upper Buckland’s day to shine

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

BUCKLAND — Where exactly “Upper Buckland City” once was is somewhat in contention, but a group of residents and town organizations are holding the first Upper Buckland City Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To reach Upper Buckland, take Route 112 (also known locally as … 0

Neighbors: Greenfield fireworks the best in years

Monday, July 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m sure those of you who attended the fireworks in Greenfield on Sunday night woke up Monday morning still in awe. They were magnificent — the best I’ve seen in many years. I sat on Lunt … 0

‘Solarize’ group reports 19 systems sold in 3 towns

Friday, July 3, 2015

ASHFIELD — Solarize Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland (PAB) reports that 19 solar photovoltaic (PV) systems being sold as of Monday. This means there is only one more system that can qualify for the early signing discount of $500. The 19 systems total 135 kilowatts (kW), which is 67 percent of the … 0

Readers visit Trolley Museum

Friday, July 3, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Arms Library is kicking off its Superhero Summer Reading Program with a visit to the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum. This event is open to all children (and their families) who have signed up with their local library summer reading program. They will be invited … 0

Letter: Liberals and FOX News

Friday, July 3, 2015

Why do liberals hate FOX News? It is probably because they do not like hearing both sides of the story. They only like to hear views that satisfies what has been mushed in their heads by the liberal media. All of the FOX News talk panels have the … 0

Neighbors: Green River Festival around the corner

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again — the countdown is just seven days. The Green River Festival will be held July 10, 11 and 12 at Greenfield Community College, and there are a limited number of tickets left, … 0

Neighbors: Be kind

Monday, June 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. About once a year I feel compelled to remind myself and others to be good neighbors. I don’t necessarily mean “neighbor” in the literal sense. What I mean is that we all should be kind to everyone. Those who aren’t can never truly be happy themselves. … 0

5 charities to benefit from 37th Bridge of Flowers road race

Sunday, June 28, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — The 37th annual Shelburne Falls Classic Bridge of Flowers Race will take place on Aug. 8, and again benefit local charities. The race begins with the Steve Lewis Subaru 3K Charity Run & Walk at 8:15 a.m. The 10K main event starts at 9 a.m. … 0