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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 area: Starrett Museum in Athol, Swift River Historical Society Museum in New Salem and Tully Lake and Campground. You really should get … 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 allow, by special permit only, small wind energy facilities of up to 120 feet tall, … 0

West County still ‘on hold’ for cell coverage

Friday, July 18, 2014

Among its historic artifacts, Rowe has two that may someday cause younger generations to scratch their heads in wonder: The first is a red phone booth outside Town Hall. The second is a pay phone installed on the Town Hall exterior. The picturesque phone booth is empty because the phone company took away that unprofitable “land-line” years ago. But the pay phone — … 0

Mohawk hires new school business administrator

Friday, June 13, 2014

BUCKLAND — Michael Kociela of Montague, currently director of Finance and Operations for Erving School Union 28, will become the Mohawk-Hawlemont regional school districts’ new school business administrator in August. His hiring was announced Wednesday at the Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee. Before joining Union 28 in … 0

Neighbors: Away this week

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’m going to make this short and sweet today. I am away from June 11 through Tuesday, so I got in what you had sent by the end of the day this past Tuesday. I’m not … 0

Mohawk lowers costs of summer archaeology course

Thursday, June 12, 2014

HAWLEY — Thanks to a $2,000 Kickstarter online fundraiser and a contribution from the Mary Lyon Foundation, financial aid and reduced tuition are now available for a two-week Summer Archaeology Field Training Program on what was the site … 0

Letter: Repair request denied

Thursday, June 12, 2014

On behalf of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of The United States, Post 8503, I would like to thank all the people of Buckland who attended Buckland’s annual town meeting and voted in favor of the request, authorized by law, for assistance in repairing our post headquarters. Let … 0

Mary Lyon Church steeple fundraiser in Buckland Saturday

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

BUCKLAND — Spend an afternoon in the summer kitchen of the Major Joseph Griswold House, see a detailed replica of the historic Mary Lyon Church and help raise money for the church steeple. From 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sue and Hank Samoriski are hosting a fundraiser to … 0

Letter: Not a Walmart

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

In The Recorder’s “Readers Write” section on June 4 there was a letter from a Ms. Bricker in which she asks questions about the objections many of us have to putting a Walmart Super Store in across from Stop & Shop in Greenfield. I am not a resident … 0

West County Notebook

Monday, June 9, 2014

Buckland clerk’s office closed today through Thursday BUCKLAND — The town clerk’s office will be closed today through Thursday for a town clerks conference. It will also be closed the week of June 23 for vacation. Shelburne clerk’s office closed today for clerks conference SHELBURNE — The town … 0

Neighbors: Don’t let a little rain stop you

Monday, June 9, 2014

Hello neighbor. Looks like we’re in for some showers this week, but don’t let that stop you. Temperatures are supposed to be in the 70s. Take advantage of any sunshine we see by getting out into the county. According to those who run the Fishway in Turners Falls, … 0

Local artist pieces together international mural

Sunday, June 8, 2014

BUCKLAND — “Big Bang Mosaics” artist Cynthia Fisher often makes murals for public spaces — in hospitals, museums, health centers, libraries, the Olver Transportation Center in Greenfield, among others. In 2010, Fisher worked with 450 West County schoolchildren … 0

Shelburne Falls restaurant fundraiser underway

Sunday, June 8, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — An online, Kickstarter fundraiser is underway to help former Green Emporium restaurateurs Michael Collins and Pacifico “Tony” Palumbo convert a former glass-blowing studio near the Glacial Potholes into an eatery they are calling Mi Vida Loca Restaurant and Bakery. “Mi Vida Loca” is Spanish for … 0