Buckland

Three hill towns band together for Solarize Mass grant

Friday, August 29, 2014

BUCKLAND — Buckland, Ashfield and Plainfield are forming a Solarize Mass consortium and will apply for a grant that could save homeowners and businesses hundreds of dollars on the cost of solar-panel installations. The program is called Solarize Mass., and the Clean Energy Center has just announced two new rounds of funding grants, according to Plainfield Energy Committee Chairman Tim Walter. Walter said the newly formed consortium will apply this … 0

Lamson and Goodnow Mfg. takes stock in busy week

Friday, August 29, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Lamson and Goodnow Manufacturing facilities on Conway Street were bustling Friday morning — two weeks after filing for bankruptcy — with the outlet store filled with customers and a few salaried workers in a warehouse, taking inventory and trying to fill back orders. “There’s been a good response,” observed Chief … 0

Neighbors: Local teens attend two-week craft program

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hello, neighbors. Two of our younger neighbors participated in a two-week craft program in Williamsburg this year and, I’m told, had a lot of fun doing so. Fourteen-year-old James Simpson and 15-year-old Henry Walker-West, both of Shelburne Falls, spent two weeks at Snow Farm Summer, a program of The New England Craft Program. James, the son of nationally known glassblower Josh Simpson and … 0

Neighbors: Local woman up for Emmy Award

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hello neighbor. Our neighbors Ann and Gary Thomas of Greenfield can’t wait for Aug. 16, because that is when they will learn whether their daughter Sherry Thomas wins an Emmy Award with two other women for casting the … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Charlemont seeks hazard plan comments CHARLEMONT — The town’s Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee, and the regional planning department has updated the town’s hazard mitigation plan. Once the updated plan is approved by Federal Emergency Management Administration and adopted by the town, Charlemont will be eligible for state and … 0

Berkshire Gas warns about phone scam

Monday, July 28, 2014

Several Berkshire Gas business customers have recently reported receiving fraudulent telephone calls seeking immediate payment of their Berkshire Gas accounts, by credit card, over the telephone, the utility has reported. The caller claims that the account is overdue and requires immediate payment. Several of the fraudulent calls have … 0

‘The Judge’ will open Toronto Film Festival

Monday, July 28, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The movie filmed primarily in Shelburne Falls last summer — “The Judge” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall — has been selected for the opening night film of the Toronto International Film Festival, which … 0

Buckland to vote on wind bylaw next month

Sunday, July 27, 2014

BUCKLAND — After hearing from residents this week, the Planning Board will take another look at its proposed small-scale wind turbine bylaw before bringing it to a vote at a special town meeting in late August. The proposal defines a “small wind energy facility” as a turbine that … 0

Letter: Kicking the dog

Friday, July 25, 2014

The letter from Mr. Ratte and Ms. Purdy July 17 expresses an old human illogical reaction. I’ll call it “Kick Their Dog.” Surely we all agree that peace and well-being is a good thing. When we think of what the factors are which express peace, food is right … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor to raise money for animals

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. One of our younger neighbors, 11-year-old Miracle Leyro, is organizing a walk through the downtown Greenfield area this Saturday with a group of her friends. The youngsters plan to raise money for Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society. Miracle’s mother Diana Nunez told me that Miracle plans … 0

Chinese students get glimpse of American life at Mohawk

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BUCKLAND — The 21 middle-school students from Hangzhou Qinghe Middle School loved the shady sugar maples they found growing behind the Mohawk Trail Regional High School. But the taste of the maple syrup itself? Maybe not so much. … 0

Neighbors: Head to the North Quabbin for some summer fun

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was really excited to read last week that the North Quabbin will be getting some help from the state to boost tourism. It’s such a beautiful area — and you all know how much I love the Quabbin Reservoir. There are other attractions in that … 0

Buckland bylaw hearing set for Tuesday

Sunday, July 20, 2014

BUCKLAND — The Planning Board will hold a public hearing Tuesday , at 7 p.m. at the Mohawk Trail Regional High School cafeteria to discuss proposed revisions to the town’s zoning bylaws. These changes include: ∎ Adding a new section on “Small Wind Energy Facility Bylaw” which would … 0