Selectman's candidate Ivan "Toby" Gould

Two seeking selectman’s seat in Charlemont special election

Sunday, November 29, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Two candidates are vying in a special election for the unexpired selectman’s term of David Cunningham. Ivan “Toby” Gould of Zoar Road and Benjamin Atkinson will be on the ballot during the special town election set for Dec. 22 from noon to 7 p.m. at the Hawlemont Regional School. A candidate’s night has been scheduled by the Board of Selectmen for Monday, Dec. 14, at the Hawlemont Regional School, beginning at 7 p.m. Atkinson Benjamin Atkinson, 28, of Main Street has only been in town for about three years. After graduating from college in Vermont, Atkinson visited a friend in the area and … 0

Charlemont Inn preps for Housing Court date

Sunday, November 29, 2015

CHARLEMONT — A progress report on steps taken to repair the Charlemont Inn is due today , per a Housing Court order, with a follow-up hearing in Housing Court on Friday . Meanwhile, the town Board of Health has decided to postpone an enforcement order against the Charlemont Inn owners in Housing Court on Friday, on the grounds that the Charlemont Inn doesn’t … 0

Panel: Broadband crucial to public education

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Broadband access may be as crucial to 21st-century public education as paper, pencil and textbooks were in the 20th century, according to education panelists who spoke this week at the Hawlemont Regional School. Those children without broadband access at home not only miss out on learning opportunities their better-connected peers have, … 0

Spell-binding: Spelling Beans remain champs

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

BUCKLAND — Maybe it’s all that coffee that keeps them on their toes, but the Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters’ “Spelling Beans” won a third championship in this year’s Mary Lyon Foundation Community Spelling Bee at the Mohawk Trail … 0

WiredWest to reorganize as role changes

Friday, November 6, 2015

Now that so many towns without broadband access have voted to borrow millions for a “last mile” fiber optic network, WiredWest has drafted an operating agreement for those that want join a regional fiber-optic network that will be run by WiredWest. The 40-page draft was discussed Friday between … 0

Ski sale and swap to benefit ski patrol

Thursday, November 5, 2015

CHARLEMONT — The Berkshire East Ski Patrol is hosting a ski swap on Nov. 15 in the Berkshire East Ski Area’s main lodge from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event is both a ski swap — where people may drop off used equipment for swap or sale … 0

Cornucopia Auction to benefit The Academy at Charlemont

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Red Sox and Celtics tickets, a wine-barrel chair, opera and dinner, a summer week of weaving classes, and a September week on Marthas Vineyard are among the items to be auctioned Saturday at the Academy at Charlemont’s 12th-annual Cornucopia Auction and celebration. The evening runs from … 0

Broadband panel meetings planned in Charlemont

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

CHARLEMONT — The Broadband Committee will be hosting a series of information sessions, as it begins a drive to get at least 40 percent of the town’s households to preregister for fiber-optic broadband services from the WiredWest collaborative. On Sunday, Nov. 8, the first program will be a … 0

Neighbors: West county neighbor wants to start book club on climate change

Monday, November 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our west county neighbor John Bos is looking for six to eight people in his area to start a book club with him. You have to be passionate about three things, he says — climate change, reading books on the subject and meeting with other like-minded … 0

West County Notebook

Friday, October 30, 2015

Charlemont taxes due CHARLEMONT — Second quarter payments of Fiscal Year 2016 real estate and personal property taxes are due Monday. Colrain store/gas station approved COLRAIN — The Zoning Board of Appeals approved a special permit so that Laurie, Michael and Derek Giard will be able to re-open … 0

More than 5,000 National Grid customers lose power Friday night

Friday, October 30, 2015

ERVING — More than 5,000 National Grid customers in eastern Franklin County lost power Friday night after high-tension wires reportedly caught fire in Erving, according to Fireground360. A power outage map on National Grid’s website showed the majority of the outage occurred in Orange, with more than 3,000 … 2

West County Notebook

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Charlemont selectman candidates sought CHARLEMONT — Selectman David Cunningham is moving out of town and has announced his resignation. Cunningham has been on the board for four years, and his current term was to expire in 2017. Nomination papers for a special election in December are now available … 0

Neighbors: Nana’s Attic might just have what you’ve been looking for

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Paula Betters was appointed director of the Erving Senior Community Center this past summer, and she said they’re having a lot of fun in Erving. Paula said as the center prepares for its Holiday Bazaar, she had the “crazy notion” (her playful words) to … 0