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Cold River Cafe customers Petra Krauledat and Peter Hansen of Florida, Mass. enjoy some lunch on Tuesday in Charlemont. Recorder/Micky Bedell

Cold River Cafe a hit in Charlemont

Friday, November 28, 2014

CHARLEMONT — It’s been a long time coming, but the Cold River Cafe is now up and running and local residents seem delighted with the new breakfast and lunch eatery, as well as the expanded new Cold River Package Store and Market. The new cafe had a “soft opening” last Saturday, and Kristie Faufaw and her husband, Michael Sisum, were … 0

Think before you wrap and unwrap: Recycling tips for the holidays

Friday, November 28, 2014

During the holidays, the average American family throws away up to 10 additional bags of trash. In towns that require “Pay-As-You-Throw” town trash bags, those 10 additional trash bags would cost $15 to $30, depending on the town. A large portion of this trash is generated from wrapping paper, boxes, tissue, packing materials and shopping bags. The Springfield Materials Recycling Facility, which accepts … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 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