Charlemont

Charlemont manhunt ends with arrest on Cape Cod

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Despite a massive man-hunt in Charlemont, the man State Police were seeking — for fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run incident on Cape Cod — was arrested Tuesday afternoon in Bourne. Charles McKeen, 55, of Falmouth was wanted in Bourne on a warrant for charges that included attempted murder, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, reckless operation of a vehicle and fleeing the scene of a … 0

Neighbors: Visit your local farmers market

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Farmers markets are going strong throughout the county this summer. I’m not going to mention any in particular, because most of you know where they are, especially if you’ve got one in your town. What I want to talk about today is why you should visit one or two or more. Visiting a farmers market is a way of enjoying the … 0

Chinese teens have summer fun at Mohawk

Monday, July 27, 2015

BUCKLAND — Eighteen Chinese high- and middle-school students began their third day at the Mohawk Trail Regional School by learning to dance the Macarena, followed up with “The Chicken Dance.” It was taught to them, as an ice-breaker, by recent Mohawk graduate Laura Purington of Colrain. Teens don’t have dances in China, so, … 0

Sheep won’t leap, but teach responsibility

Sunday, July 26, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Obstacle course races are in vogue at the moment, bringing out paying runners in droves. Sheep are less enthused. Confronted with the first obstacle, a shearing stand, Connor Bailey’s sheep lay down and played dead. Other … 0

Charlemont Yankee Doodle Days parade features trip through history to celebrate town’s 250th anniversary

Saturday, July 25, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Candy peppered the shoulder of the Mohawk Trail during the Yankee Doodle Days parade. Yankee Doodle Days is an annual three-day Charlemont fair featuring contests, games, food and craft vendors, carnival rides and more. For the … 0

Fire marshal: Check carbon monoxide alarms

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pointing to the deaths of four young Massachusetts residents in a Maine cabin over the weekend, the state Fire Marshal’s Office told residents their carbon monoxide alarms may be running out of time. “A similar tragedy led to a law here in Massachusetts that requires CO alarms in … 0

West County Notebook, July 25

Friday, July 24, 2015

Route 2 stretch closed for parade CHARLEMONT — Saturday morning, July 25, Route 2 will temporarily be closed from the Buckland/Charlemont town line to the center of town, from 10:30 a.m. to about noon, to accommodate the town’s 250th anniversary parade, according to town officials. Beginning at 10:15, … 0

Town Meetings, Week of July 27

Friday, July 24, 2015

Ashfield Parks Commission: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Planning Board: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Website Policy Committee: Tuesday 10 a.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board … 0

Utilities: Electric rates to drop, but root cause of spikes remains

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — After a winter that saw major increases in electric bills across the region, rates have dropped back to more normal warm-weather levels. While those big fluctuations showed up in monthly electric bills, retailers like Eversource Energy … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy Famous Bill’s lobster pie recipe

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. Many of you — especially those who grew up in the area like I did — remember Famous Bill’s Restaurant on Federal Street — and you probably also remember its lobster pie. Well, one of our neighbors was going through her mother’s things (her mom was … 0

Letter: Examining issues

Thursday, July 23, 2015

I am sorry that Marguerite Willis found the Charlemont Forum offensive to her as a Republican. It is not the intention of the forum to criticize any political party. It is its intention to delve into issues that may be controversial but that have relevance on a national … 0

Charlemont’s 250th parade, Yankee Doodle Days this weekend

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Frances Avery, whose family founded the A.L. Avery & Sons General Store in 1861, will be grand marshal in the town’s 250th parade on Saturday, July 25, held during the town’s annual Yankee Doodle Days. At … 0

What could Olympic course on the Deerfield look like?

Monday, July 20, 2015

CHARLEMONT — If Boston wins the bid for the 2024 Olympics and the Deerfield River hosts whitewater slalom races, it could be a rarity in modern times: a natural, in-river course. Most of the Olympic courses based in … 0