Selectman's candidate Ivan "Toby" Gould

Two seeking selectman’s seat in Charlemont special election

Sunday, November 29, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Two candidates are vying in a special election for the unexpired selectman’s term of David Cunningham. Ivan “Toby” Gould of Zoar Road and Benjamin Atkinson will be on the ballot during the special town election set for Dec. 22 from noon to 7 p.m. at the Hawlemont Regional School. A candidate’s night has been scheduled by the Board of Selectmen for Monday, Dec. 14, at the Hawlemont Regional School, beginning at 7 p.m. Atkinson Benjamin Atkinson, 28, of Main Street has only been in town for about three years. After graduating from college in Vermont, Atkinson visited a friend in the area and … 0

Charlemont Inn preps for Housing Court date

Sunday, November 29, 2015

CHARLEMONT — A progress report on steps taken to repair the Charlemont Inn is due today , per a Housing Court order, with a follow-up hearing in Housing Court on Friday . Meanwhile, the town Board of Health has decided to postpone an enforcement order against the Charlemont Inn owners in Housing Court on Friday, on the grounds that the Charlemont Inn doesn’t … 0

Panel: Broadband crucial to public education

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Broadband access may be as crucial to 21st-century public education as paper, pencil and textbooks were in the 20th century, according to education panelists who spoke this week at the Hawlemont Regional School. Those children without broadband access at home not only miss out on learning opportunities their better-connected peers have, … 0

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 … 0

Just Inn time repairs: Condemned Charlemont Inn begins renovations with roof work

Friday, November 20, 2015

CHARLEMONT — A week after a Board of Health condemnation order was issued, owners of the historic Charlemont Inn obtained a building permit for a vital part of the building’s renovation — a new roof. The work is … 0

Neighbors: Local youngster learn about and teach composting

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Fourth-grade students at The Discovery School at Four Corners recently learned about taking notes, paragraphing, composing informational text, and formulating an opinion through a study of composting, according to their teacher Marguerite Rancourt. All students read … 0

Lawmakers grapple with details of solar law

Monday, November 16, 2015

Among the top priorities for legislators before leaving for their end-of-year break Wednesday is fixing the state’s program that allows solar-electricity-producing businesses and municipalities to sell power back to the grid at retail rates. The current caps on … 2

Does a lack of broadband at home hurt students? Hawlemont forum Monday explores Internet and education

Monday, November 16, 2015

CHARLEMONT — What educational opportunities are your children missing if they don’t have broadband access at home? The town Broadband Committee will host a panel discussion on Monday at 7 p.m. to explore how Internet access impacts education. The meeting will be held at the Hawlemont Regional School, … 0

Local filmmaker hits the road to speak for community co-ops

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Filmmaker Steve Alves is on a roll again, raising money once more for his documentary, “Food for Change.” But this time, the campaign for the 2013 film that began as a short promo for Green Fields Market has … 0

FRCOG seeks town approvals for regional emergency shelters

Sunday, November 15, 2015

When the next tornado, flood or power-killing snowstorm paralyzes Franklin County towns, will there be accessible shelters out of harm’s way for evacuees? In the two years after the Franklin County Regional Shelter Plan was introduced, Patricia Smith, senior land use planner for the Franklin County Regional Council … 0

Charlemont Inn condemned

Friday, November 13, 2015

CHARLEMONT — The Board of Health has condemned the deteriorating Charlemont Inn and given its owners until Nov. 23 to board up the first-floor doors and windows, remove access to the second floor, and secure the property. The … 0

Neighbors: More local calendars released

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter and Adoption Center has just released its new 2016 calendar, which is filled with four-legged beauties. The calendar also includes more than 30 photos and bios of dogs that have been adopted. You can count off the days of 2016 … 0

Letter: All those election letters

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Now that the local elections have passed, I want to offer some observations and complaints about the excessive space given in the paper to letter writers who use the paper to campaign for their favorite candidates. It seems to me that the readership gets sufficient information about who’s … 0