Buckland

A broken stretch of the sidewalk on the Iron Bridge. Recorder/Diane Broncaccio

Iron Bridge to be repaved

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The iconic Iron Bridge is not just the main artery between Shelburne and Buckland, it’s also the only winter walkway connecting both sides of the village. Besides its role in traffic, the Iron Bridge is the parade route of choice for every holiday parade. Thousands of runners in the Bridge of Flowers Road Race cross it to the finish line. Recently the Iron Bridge has been a setting in two Hollywood feature films and it seats 400 diners once a year for the fundraising Iron Bridge Dinner. Now, will the state repave it? Massachusetts Department of Transportation spokesman Michael Versecke said Tuesday … 0

Ashfield-Buckland-Plainfield file Solarize Mass grant

Monday, October 20, 2014

With 133 households interested in installing solar-electric systems on their homes, the newly formed Ashfield-Buckland-Plainfield consortium has applied for a “Solarize Mass” grant that would cut the cost of electricity-producing solar panels by up to 20 percent below the statewide average. If the consortium’s application is among the 10 to be awarded by the state next month, residents and businesses in these towns … 0

Mohawk teenager’s summer to remember

Sunday, October 19, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Ask Briel Gibson, 17, of Shelburne Falls how she spent her summer vacation, and she’s likely to tell you one of three things: 1) She spent two weeks rooting out invasive plant species from the shores of Peddocks Island in the Boston Harbor Islands National Park. 2) She traveled to … 0

Neighbors: All’s fair this weekend, especially fried dough

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. Has anyone else noticed this was a very long short week? I don’t know if it was the intense heat and humidity or what, but the weekend is here and it’s fair time. The Franklin County Fair opened last night with its parade along Main Street. … 0

Court allows Lamson to operate

Thursday, September 4, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — In Wednesday’s continued bankruptcy hearing, Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co. withdrew its request to borrow $500,000, while its largest creditor, Newtek Small Business Finance Inc., filed an objection to the cutlery’s bid for continued use of its cash collateral and for borrowing more operational funds. … 0

Fair thee well

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

GREENFIELD — Franklin County Fair president Fred Steiner barely made it past the stables at the Franklin County Fairgrounds before Adam Martin, of Martin’s Farm in Greenfield, emerged from an old red barn and flagged him down. As … 0

Braving the Limelight: Franklin County Fair's Got Talent

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Jan Morris of Northfield says she has always considered her talent to be writing and singing parodies. She tried several times to get her one-woman act off the ground, but her dreams always fell through because she found … 0

Neighbors: Falling into Franklin County Fair season

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hello neighbor. This weekend was the unofficial start to fall and we all know what that means. Yes, the days are getting shorter and soon temperatures will begin to drop — I’m not even going to mention the white stuff, yet. But fall also means the Franklin County … 0

God’s stories in a new light

Sunday, August 31, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — For the past year, Mark Liebowitz, Nancy Katz and David Punches have been working to tell the Genesis/Biblical creation story within 32 panels of stained glass for a Closter, N.J., synagogue. Soon, they will begin … 0

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 … 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, … 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 … 0

Mohawk teacher learns from China trip

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BUCKLAND — At Mohawk Trail Regional School, Kathleen Stier is a highly regarded science teacher. But in Harbin, China, she was a celebrity. This month, Stier taught 20 biology teachers at a weeklong summer workshop on how to … 0