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 30 firefighters. But now with more than 700 people, there are only a dozen “hard-core” firefighters responding to calls. “Most of us … 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 place Nov. 10, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Mohawk Trail Regional School auditorium. But … 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 a two-star general at the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C., to approve the award, … 0

Letter: Preschool critical

Sunday, September 6, 2015

In today’s Recorder, there is an article where the Buckland Select Board is questioning whether the towns can be assessed the costs of providing half-day preschool in the district. I will point out that preschool as part of the comprehensive Mohawk Trail Regional School District budget passed and … 0

Mohawk, towns take another look at regional agreement changes

Sunday, September 6, 2015

BUCKLAND — School and town officials within the eight-town Mohawk Trail Regional School District agree that the 1993 regional agreement needs to change, but don’t necessarily agree on what to change. Instead of sharing operating expenses, what if each town paid its own elementary school costs, but kept … 0

West County Notebook

Friday, September 4, 2015

Conway tales told in Colrain COLRAIN — Lee Whitcomb of Conway will present “A Conway Genealogist Tells Conway Tales” on Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Stacy Barn behind the G. William Pitt house on Main Road. Whitcomb’s talk will immediately follow a 7 p.m. business meeting of the … 0

Town Meetings, Sept. 7 to 12

Friday, September 4, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Tuesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Finance Committee: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Special town meeting: Tuesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Special election: Thursday 7 a.m. to … 0

Knife maker’s land cut loose: Former Lamson & Goodnow buildings, property to be auctioned

Friday, September 4, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — The last remaining land and buildings belonging to Lamson & Goodnow cutlery goes up for auction on Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. This public auction, run by Aaron Posnik auctioneers, is for three properties: ∎ The … 0

Neighbors: Be aware of childhood cancer and do something, if you can

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, and it became reality for our neighbors Jeffrey and Bobbi Hampton of Greenfield, who lost their beautiful daughter Ally to childhood cancer in 2014. Alexandria “Ally” Katlyn Hampton was 20 when … 0

Tech school adds college-prep, AP courses

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Classes started this week at Franklin County Technical School for the 38th time, but for the first time with advanced college placement classes. The Technical School this year added junior and senior AP English classes … 0

Wildcat O'Halloran: Mind, body and soul

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

He’s a “cool cat” who likes drinking with the Harp Girls, worships the ground she walks on all while she walks all over him and recently went on a midnight service call that didn’t exactly turn out as … 0

Neighbors: Things getting curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland

Monday, August 31, 2015

Hello neighbor. Things are about to get curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland. Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm will open its 2015 corn maze, “Alice in Sunderland,” on Sept. 12. Inspired by the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s book, … 0

West County Notebook

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Buckland questions Mohawk pre-school costs tonight BUCKLAND — Changing the Mohawk Trail Regional School District agreement to include Mohawk’s new preschool program will be discussed tonight, at the 7 p.m. meeting of the Mohawk School Committee. Buckland’s Board of Selectmen have questioned the legality of putting it into … 0