Buckland

Neighbors: Lots of fun and festivals this fall

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. What a great couple of months we have ahead of us here in the county. It’s no secret that fall is my favorite season, not only because of the brilliant color, cool temperatures and crisp apples from our local orchards, but because the county is alive with activity. Who doesn’t enjoy a day at the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival? This year it will be held Sept. … 0

Weighing a reunion

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BUCKLAND — After the old Rowe School Committee cut ties with the Mohawk/Hawlemont/Rowe superintendent last winter, its current school board has voted to open discussions about rejoining the Mohawk Trail Regional School District — but as a Grade 7 to Grade 12 member town. At a recent Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee meeting, Chairman Robert Aeschbach said Business Administrator Michael Kociela has … 0

Mohawk, teachers sign 3-year contract

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BUCKLAND — Teachers in the Mohawk Trail Regional School District will get a 3.3-percent pay raise this year, now that a new three-year agreement has been reached between the School Committee and the Mohawk District Education Association. The new contract, which affects 121 teachers, runs from Aug. 27 — the first day of … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Friday is deadline to sign up to vote in Colrain COLRAIN — The last day to register to vote in time for the next special town election is Friday, and Town Clerk Robin Hartnett will hold special voter registration hours that day from 2 to 4 p.m. and … 0

First ‘Samplepalooza’ to test Connecticut River health stem to stern

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — Just how pollutant-free is the Connecticut River, from the top of Vermont to the Long Island Sound? A group of agencies will be pooling their efforts today to collect data on nitrogen and phosphorous content, along with other algae-growing nutrients, during a one-day water-testing event they’re … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor’s selfless act

Monday, August 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. I want to tell you about one of our younger neighbors today and the good deeds she is doing for our larger community. I hope her story inspires you as it has me. Catherine Bezio recently … 0

New locale sought for Shelburne Falls Mexican restaurant

Monday, August 4, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Former Green Emporium owners Michael Collins and Pacifico “Tony” Palumbo still want to open a Mexican restaurant and bakery in Shelburne Falls, but it won’t be in the former North River glass-blower’s studio on Deerfield … 0

Shelburne Falls author Emily Arsenault to discuss her new book "What Strange Creatures" Thursday at Boswell's Books

Monday, August 4, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Novelist Emily Arsenault of Shelburne Falls will celebrate the release of her fourth novel, “What Strange Creatures,” at Boswell’s Books with a reading and book-signing on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the bookstore at 10 Bridge St. “Although she lives locally, she has truly become … 0

Letter: Meeting was a farce

Sunday, August 3, 2014

I attended the July 24th joint meeting of the Frankin Regional Council of Governments and the Franklin Regional Planning Board. The meeting was a both a minor service to the community and major disservice. As originally planned, the meeting’s objective was for FRCOG and its planning board to … 0

Letter: To Peter Pan Bus Lines

Friday, August 1, 2014

As a highly respected bus line, I trust you’re grateful for feedback. In that spirit I want to tell you of a radically jarring, scary, quintessentially wrenching hardship I just experienced with your company, and a couple of my ideas on ways this might be dealt with to … 2

3 Mohawk district towns seek assessment cuts

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BUCKLAND — A last-minute, 36 percent increase in state aid for busing for the Mohawk Trail Regional School District has prompted selectmen from three of the eight district towns to seek a share in the savings. Buckland, Shelburne and Colrain boards have all sent letters asking that the … 0

Neighbors: Local woman up for Emmy Award

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hello neighbor. Our neighbors Ann and Gary Thomas of Greenfield can’t wait for Aug. 16, because that is when they will learn whether their daughter Sherry Thomas wins an Emmy Award with two other women for casting the … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Charlemont seeks hazard plan comments CHARLEMONT — The town’s Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee, and the regional planning department has updated the town’s hazard mitigation plan. Once the updated plan is approved by Federal Emergency Management Administration and adopted by the town, Charlemont will be eligible for state and … 0