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The Cosby property on Bardwells Ferry Road in Shelburne with closed gates and signs asking for privacy; “If you are not invited do not pass through these gates.
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Residents vexed by hype over Cosby allegations

Thursday, December 18, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Sawyer News Co., with its spread of local and national newspapers and racks of magazines, has always been the place to go for news. The headlines on newspapers and the gossipy tabloids often spark lively comments. But these days, when comedian Bill Cosby — Shelburne’s most famous resident — is in the bold tabloid headlines, not many … 0

Neighbors: Take advantage of technology, but don’t let it rule you

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. I just wanted to finish what I started on Tuesday, if you don’t mind. I seem to be on my soapbox this week, so please bear with me. I guess I’m just filled with the joy of the season and want to share it with you. I’d like to remind you of something else — I talked about volunteering, doing something … 0

Letter: Defend Christmas!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

With unmatched lethality, the left-wing atheists spit out like a curse to rename the Christmas tree as an Holiday Tree. Speaking with zeal I defend the traditional Christian name and exhort the powers to be in the great city of Holyoke to reject any petition to take out the name of the Christmas tree. This attempt to rename the Christmas tree is government’s … 0

New programs at Cowell Gym

Friday, November 7, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Cowell Gymnasium has expanded its programs this fall. ∎ On Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. a free “First Friday” playgroup for children from birth to age 5, with their parents, will be held. Older siblings are welcome. This program is coordinated by the Mohawk Trail … 0

West County Notebook

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Bag leaves Nov. 12 SHELBURNE — The town Highway Department will be collecting bagged leaves on the Shelburne side of Shelburne Falls on Wednesday morning. Bags containing only leaves should be placed curbside by 7 a.m. Clerk’s office closed SHELBURNE — Town Clerk Joseph Judd’s office will be … 0

Neighbors: Crafts of Colrain self-guided studio tour this weekend

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hello, neighbor. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, why not head to Colrain for its annual Crafts of Colrain self-guided studio tour? Colrain is one of the county’s gems. Tucked in the hills, the town … 0

Academy of Charlemont auction Saturday night

Thursday, November 6, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Want to spend a night in an eco home or escape to Martha’s Vineyard for a week? You can bid on these offerings and many more at the Academy at Charlemont’s 11th annual Cornucopia Auction, a Celebration of the Valley’s Bounty, on Saturday from 5 to … 0

Mary Lyon Foundation’s Community Spelling Bee approaches

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Now is the time for all good spellers to brush up on their “p”s and “q”s for the annual Mary Lyon Foundation’s Community Spelling Bee, to be held Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mohawk Trail Regional School. And if you’re going to compete, … 0

Kulik keeps seat in 1st Franklin District

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Although results from the 1st Franklin District’s largest town and several others were not in by press time, it appeared that Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, had won easy re-election to a 12th term, defeating Republican challenger Dylan Korpita, … 0

Neighbors: Quabbin featured in new book and 2015 calendar

Monday, November 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor J.R. Greene of Athol has just released his 20th book about the Quabbin, “B.V. Brook’s Pre-Quabbin Art, Photos & Postcards,” complete with footnotes and illustrations. It is filled with former Greenwich resident Burt V. Brooks’ photographs, paintings and postcards of three of the Quabbin’s … 0

Pumpkin smashing good time

Sunday, November 2, 2014

SHELBURNE — The age-old tradition of pumpkin smashing is usually considered to be the realm of Halloween vandals, hooligans and mischief-makers, but Pumpkin Smash 2014, held at Hager’s Farm Market in Shelburne Saturday afternoon, proved the practice can … 0

Franklin County Cider Days a global phenomenon

Sunday, November 2, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Whether they were McIntosh, Fuji, Empire, Gold Rush or Cameo, Franklin County was all about apples during the weekend. Most of those varieties were well represented in Shelburne Falls, where participants in the Franklin County … 0

Where’s money coming from? Korpita and Kulik have very different funding sources

Friday, October 31, 2014

There’s no question: Political campaigns, even local ones, cost a lot of money. But a close look at differences in campaign contributions in even a largely rural legislative domain like the 1st Franklin District says a lot about money and contemporary state politics. The contest between 35-year-old Republican … 0