Charlemont

Hilltown officials puzzle over broadband costs

Thursday, April 23, 2015

ASHFIELD — According to the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, the towns without high-speed Internet have at least through June 2016 to apply for their share of a $40 million pool of state money to extend Internet service — and they don’t have to be part of the WiredWest collaborative if they have another grant-qualifying project for high-speed build-out. But how the $40 million is to be released is still “in flux,” … 0

West County Notebook

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Colrain hosts candidates night COLRAIN — Questions for the candidates? Puzzled about the warrant articles? The Griswold Memorial Library, 12 Main Road, will be hosting a candidate’s night on Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Running for office are incumbents: Selectman Mark Thibodeau, Board of Assessors member James Slowinski, and Constable Melinda Herzig. Library Trustees Cheli Mennella and Cynthia … 0

Letter: Caring for Earth

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Earth Day — a day to remind us that we HAVE an Earth, and to recommit ourselves to taking CARE of it. How to do that? We must stop climate change NOW. Personally, I like the maple trees, daffodils and forsythia I grew up with, and don’t want to lose them. We have seen what is happening with our weather. Enough said. If … 0

Neighbors: French musical at Arts Block

Monday, April 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’re looking for something fun to do next weekend, or the following one, head to the Arts Block on Main Street in Greenfield for the French musical, “Irma la Douce,” which will be performed by Arena Civic Theatre on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday … 0

Mohawk towns wrangle over free preschool proposal

Sunday, April 19, 2015

ASHFIELD — West County towns are debating whether to offer “free” preschool next year — paid for through tax dollars rather than by parents of individual preschoolers, whose children don’t qualify for free preschool services for special needs. Unlike other Mohawk Trail Regional School District elementary schools, Sanderson … 0

Tech students capture honors in statewide competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Twenty-six students from FCTS competed against 350 students in about 20 events March 7 through 9 in Framingham and Upton. Emmett Boyd of Northfield, Kyle … 0

Hawlemont HAY teacher wins award

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Sometimes agriculture teacher Jean Bruffee ends up with house guests from the new Hawlemont Agriculture and You (HAY) curriculum: first there was Sweetie, the literally henpecked chick Bruffee took home to nurse and to keep away … 2

Making the switch

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Amid pressure from legislators and upset consumers, state utility regulators have eliminated a 15-year-old rule that required electricity suppliers to recalculate the bills of customers when they switch from their basic service to a competitor. The practice has cost customers, dozens of whom are from western … 0

Neighbors: Paint and Sip awakens my inner artist

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. A group of friends and family gathering together to paint on canvas, while sipping their favorite beverages, has become a national trend. In this area, two of the companies that provide such entertainment — at least … 1

Charlemont Heritage Day is today

Friday, April 10, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Today is “Heritage Day” in Charlemont, which is celebrating its 250th anniversary year. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Hawlemont Regional School gymnasium, visitors are welcome to view private and museum postcard collections, family … 0

Taking flight in Charlemont

Friday, April 10, 2015

I stood high in a tree at the edge of a platform, my toes over the edge like a surfer hanging 10, looking out at waves of fall foliage. Then, I took a step forward. Gravity took over, … 0

Tech School seeks OK to borrow $2.45M

Thursday, April 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School District will ask the residents of its 19 member towns to go to the polls at a special districtwide election June 23 to approve what they expect to be $2.45 … 0

Berkshire East to add bike park, rafting to summer attractions

Thursday, April 9, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Goodbye ski season. Hello Thunder Mountain Bike Park. This summer, the Berkshire East Mountain Resort is adding two new seasonal attractions: A downhill mountain bike park, and white-water rafting along Fife Brook section of the Deerfield … 1