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 way, has always been my favorite, is … 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

Shelburne Falls’ Moonlight Magic starts Yule season

Sunday, November 22, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — The day after Thanksgiving may be “Black Friday” but not in Shelburne Falls, where a “festival of lights “ and an evening of late-night shopping are highlights of the annual Moonlight Magic, on Nov. 27 from 4 to 9 p.m., sponsored by the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association. Deerfield … 0

Keeping it civil: Buckland adopts conduct code after meetings get heated

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

BUCKLAND — Following a heated exchange at another town board meeting, the Board of Selectmen adopted a one-page “Code of Civil Conduct” that will be posted in town buildings. The new policy lays down ground rules about acceptable behavior both in Buckland’s buildings and board meetings. When asked … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Heath needs firefighters HEATH — The fire department has put out a plea for more volunteers to help the department better protect townspeople from fires and other emergencies. A message posted on the town’s website notes that when Heath had a population of about 300 people, there were … 0

10th adult spelling bee seeks teams

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

BUCKLAND — Want to sit for a spell? Community spelling teams that want to match their wits against others have until Nov. 1 to register in time for the 10th annual Mary Lyon Community Spelling Bee, which takes … 0

Neighbors: Neighbor receives award for military service

Monday, October 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Congratulations to our neighbor Tom Williams of Shelburne, who recently received the National Guard Legion of Merit award for outstanding service. Tom served in the military for 42 years. It took more than a year for … 0

Quabbin talk Wednesday in Shelburne Falls

Friday, October 9, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Dorothy Johnson, the author of “A Swift River Anthology,” will be at Wednesday’s meeting of the Shelburne Falls Area Women’s Club to give a reading of her play about the lost Quabbin towns of Dana, Enfield, Greenwich and Prescott. “A Swift River Anthology” deals with … 0

West County Notebook

Friday, October 9, 2015

Buckland selectmen eye Conway Road fix BUCKLAND — Selectmen this week heard presentations from four engineering firms bidding for the reconstruction of the town’s portion of Conway Road, from the intersection of State and Conway streets down to South Street and Conway Road. Weston & Sampson, The Engineering … 0

On the high wire: Major utility line project underway in the region

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Even as work crews begin wrapping up a 2.8-mile stretch of an Eversource transmission line in Greenfield, Montague and Deerfield, replacing lattice poles with double-circuit monopoles, the utility has begun other major line work around the region and … 0

Neighbors: Lots going on in the county, so enjoy!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hello neighbor. There is way too much to tell you about today, so I’m just going to get right to it. Have a great weekend and enjoy the vibrant fall colors, because they’ll be gone sooner than you think. I will check in next week with Franklin County’s … 0

86 drug treatment beds coming to North Quabbin in Petersham

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

PETERSHAM — Athol Hospital’s parent company has bought land in Petersham and plans to open a 86-bed addiction and mental health treatment facility there as early as this summer. The number and type of treatment slots would be a significant addition to the treatment landscape near Franklin County, … 0

Sweetheart is sold: Shelburne group purchases iconic former restaurant

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — The village’s iconic former Sweetheart Restaurant has changed hands again. A group calling itself Sweetheart Realty LLC now owns the white building at the entrance to Shelburne Falls at the corner of Route 2 and … 0