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Town officials mull Mohawk regional changes

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BUCKLAND — With enrollment in the 250-square-mile Mohawk Trail Regional School District dipping below 1,000, town officials on the Long Range Planning Committee are talking about consolidating elementary grades within the district’s four elementary schools, seeking statewide changes in how Chapter 70 state educational aid is calculated, and dropping the quest for 100 percent regional transportation reimbursement in favor of scheduling high school bus service based on use — not … 0

Neighbors: Looks like a harsh winter ahead; take care of each other

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. First, I’d like to wish you a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving. Enjoy your friends and family — that’s what great memories are made of. I’m waiting to hear from our local precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy to see what she believes the winter has in store for the county. Until then, … 0

Charlemont man denies larceny, fraud charges

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Charlemont man denied charges in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday related to two alleged schemes that prosecutors say let him cheat his former employer, Dietz Construction of Easthampton, out of thousands of dollars. Andrew Dufresne, 42, of 119 Main St., Apt. 1R, pleaded not guilty to charges of larceny over $250 by a single scheme, credit card fraud over $250, larceny … 0

Neighbors: Help a former neighbor by voting for her new business

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’m hoping you can help one of our former neighbors expand her business in Gloucester. Heather Ahearn, who is the daughter of David and Sally Ahearn and is co-owner of Atlantic Saltworks, is currently competing in the Entrepreneur and Sam Adams Brewing American Dream Wild Card … 0

Hawlemont farm program grows

Friday, November 14, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Besides growing fruits, herbs and veggies, the Hawlemont School’s new farm-based curriculum is growing something else: enrollment and community involvement. Enrollment at the rural elementary school is already up by 10 percent, and Hawlemont lost none … 0

Selectmen address opioid problem

Thursday, November 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — Small town governments are another avenue through which the Opioid Task Force is looking to get traction on the heroin and painkiller problem. Thursday night Opioid Task Force member John Merrigan and coordinator Marisa Hebble presented data on the problem and information on efforts underway to … 0

Neighbors: TFHS to hold its fourth all-class reunion

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hello neighbor. Hey, it’s that time of year again — my alma mater, Turners Falls High School (Class of 1976 and proud of it) is holding its Alumni Association’s fourth annual All-Class Reunion the day after Thanksgiving. It will be held on the nightclub side of Between the … 0

Neighbors: It doesn’t take much to help feed our hungry

Monday, November 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was visiting with 2-year-old twin grandsons Owen and Travis the other night while daughter Christina went running — she didn’t get her passion for strenuous exercise from me — and as I watched them eat their chicken, rice, squash, yogurt and applesauce with reckless abandon, … 0

Risk-averse hilltowns weigh broadband estimates

Friday, November 7, 2014

CHARLEMONT — The dozen county towns that don’t have high-speed Internet now, but want to sign on to the Wired West plan to provide universal coverage, would each have to borrow as much as $3 million up front, with the promise that eventually subscriber fees would reimburse the … 2

Neighbors: Crafts of Colrain self-guided studio tour this weekend

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hello, neighbor. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, why not head to Colrain for its annual Crafts of Colrain self-guided studio tour? Colrain is one of the county’s gems. Tucked in the hills, the town … 0

Academy of Charlemont auction Saturday night

Thursday, November 6, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Want to spend a night in an eco home or escape to Martha’s Vineyard for a week? You can bid on these offerings and many more at the Academy at Charlemont’s 11th annual Cornucopia Auction, a Celebration of the Valley’s Bounty, on Saturday from 5 to … 0

Neighbors: Quabbin featured in new book and 2015 calendar

Monday, November 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor J.R. Greene of Athol has just released his 20th book about the Quabbin, “B.V. Brook’s Pre-Quabbin Art, Photos & Postcards,” complete with footnotes and illustrations. It is filled with former Greenwich resident Burt V. Brooks’ photographs, paintings and postcards of three of the Quabbin’s … 0

Neighbors: Beloved former teacher still going strong at 88

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hello neighbors. For those of you who graduated from Turners Falls High School and remember with great respect and admiration your former history teacher, George F. Bush — no, not one of our former presidents — try to get your hands on a copy of the Oct. 27 … 0