Neighbors: ’Tis the season of giving

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Diggity Dogs Service Dogs, a nonprofit in Shelburne Falls, will tour the valley today to thank the community for another year of support. Diggity Dogs will also be raising awareness for #GivingTuesday, which is today. Following two of the biggest shopping days of the year — Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a global movement of generosity, which began in 2012. New York’s 92nd Street Y partnered … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the … 0

Strawbale house in Buckland blows down energy waste

Sunday, November 22, 2015

BUCKLAND — The future strawbale duplex home of Mike Desorgher, Bob Grignaffini, and their young families is situated in a 23-acre lot atop Crittenden Hill, hidden from the roadside along a winding driveway. Grignaffini’s side of the house is nearing completion, and he hopes his family of five will be able to move … 0

Solarize PAB installations begin

Friday, October 23, 2015

Solar electricity systems sold through the Solarize Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland (Solarize PAB) program are now being installed, and installation presentations will be held on today at homes in Ashfield and Buckland. Currently, four systems have been installed in the three towns. The Solarize PAB team and its installer partner, Direct … 0

Food plan aims to grow economy, community

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A Massachusetts Local Food Action plan being released today calls for the state to take steps to beef up agriculture and food production as a way to not only enhance the local food supply, but also to improve … 0

Neighbors: Greenfield library’s got some bargains this weekend

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. It has been a really busy week for me, so I’m going to get right to it. Have a great weekend! FRIENDS OF GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY will hold its October Book Sale on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be an abundance of … 0

Neighbors: Human Error’s Greenfield Word Fest no mistake

Monday, October 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Human Error Publishing will present its sixth Greenfield Annual Word Festival starting today and running through Sunday — six days of WORDS in downtown Greenfield. Awesome! Along with authors and poets reading their works all week, there will be an ongoing book fair. The Arts Block … 0

‘Clean Sweep’ waste collection day Saturday

Monday, October 19, 2015

Been wanting to get rid that bulky trash not normally accepted at your trash transfer station? The Franklin County Solid Waste District is holding its fall “Clean Sweep” bulky waste collection on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon. The three drop-off sites are: the Buckland Recreation … 0

'Your home reflects your life': reporter seeks calm, creativity through feng shui

Friday, October 16, 2015

It was time to harmonize with my environment. I’m by no means a messy person, but as I had moved from apartment to apartment over the past four years, I knew something wasn’t right. Something was missing. I … 0

West County Notebook

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Rowe Cultural Council meets Monday ROWE — The Rowe Cultural Council will meet Monday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m. at the Rowe Town Hall, 320 Main St., to begin consideration of grants for Fiscal Year 2016 totaling $4,400. Applications must be postmarked no later than Oct. 15. Grantees … 0

Neighbors: Montague’s K-9 Artie needs a new ride

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. K-9 Artie, whose real name is Arthur, and his partner, Montague police officer James Ruddock, need a new ride and they’re asking us to help. Montague Police Department will hold a tailgate party to raise money for a new cruiser that will accommodate a four-legged officer. … 0

Solarize Shelburne meeting Thursday

Thursday, October 15, 2015

SHELBURNE — The town will hold a public meeting on Thursday to explore how and whether to start a “Solarize Shelburne” project in 2016. Local residents and business owners are invited, particularly those interested in installing solar electricity systems. The meeting is also open to residents of neighboring towns … 0

Blue Rock hopes to open again in mid-November

Thursday, October 15, 2015

BUCKLAND — In less than two minutes, Blue Rock restaurateur/chef Chris Ramirez got unanimous approval from selectmen for a full liquor license, for when the Blue Rock moves to its new space in the lower front level of … 0