P/cloudy
63°
P/cloudy
Hi 80° | Lo 54°

Charlemont

Charlemont gets (some) cell phone coverage

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Partial cell phone service has come to Charlemont — at least for those who own smartphones equipped with voice-over-wireless broadband technology. But the Board of Selectmen will spend part of this week gathering signatures for a petition asking Verizon Wireless to install additional equipment on the 197-foot communications tower at Berkshire East, so that any kind of cell phone would work from the town’s eastern boundary on Route … 0

Neighbors: Dick Henry receives highest Moose honor

Monday, August 3, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’d like to congratulate Richard “Dick” Henry of Greenfield, a member of Greenfield Lodge No. 997 Loyal Order of Moose, who has received the Pilgrim Degree of Merit, which is the highest honor bestowed a member. The degree, currently held by very few throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Bermuda, is the order’s ultimate reward for exceptional devotion to … 0

Reporter takes a swing on the flying trapeze

Sunday, August 2, 2015

CHARLEMONT — “You’re a dancer. I think you’ll be great at this.” That’s what my editor, Sam Wood, told me on Tuesday, encouraging me to take a flying trapeze workshop during the second annual Hilltown Youth Theater Summer Workshop at the Charlemont Academy. My thought? I get motion sickness. I’m terrified of heights. … 0

Weekly Town Meetings

Friday, July 31, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Master Plan Steering Committee: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Conservation Commission: Monday 6:15 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Assessors: Thursday 4:30 p.m. in Town Hall. … 0

4-H Dairy Show this weekend

Friday, July 31, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Franklin County Fairgrounds will be filled with children and cows from all over the state this weekend, Aug. 1 and 2, for the State 4-H Dairy Show. According to organizer Carrie Sears of the University … 0

Neighbors: Don’t leave children or pets in vehicles

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Today I want to talk to you good folks about leaving children and pets in vehicles this summer. Please don’t! Leaving them in a hot vehicle could be deadly. If you are out and about with … 0

WiredWest awaits state approval of business plan

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) has not yet evaluated WiredWest’s business plan but is preparing to, according to MBI Director Eric Nakajima. The issue came up last week in Colrain, when selectmen and Crocker Communications sales director Bill Stathis discussed whether WiredWest’s minimum broadband service fee, $49 per … 1

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 … 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 … 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, … 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