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Recorder/Paul Franz
Clare Higgins of Northampton in her office

Low wages, unfair taxes

Thursday, January 22, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Clare Higgins, executive director of Community Action spent most of Thursday in Boston, having the same conversation she has had with state and other officials for at least 30 years: Why do we pay childcare workers so very little? A one-time child care worker herself, this former six-term mayor of Northampton and former director of child care for the Hampshire Community Action welcomed President Barack Obama’s comment: “It’s time we stop treating child care as a side issue, or a women’s issue, and treat it like the national economic priority that it is for all of us.” Higgins said it was the first … 0

Neighbors: Show warmth, sympathy and understanding

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. I was supposed to be in Boston this morning, but instead I’m at work. I was supposed to be sitting beside my dad who was supposed to be recovering from the heart surgery he was supposed to have had on Wednesday. The surgery was cance led, though, because a man walked … 0

Mohawk study offers ideas for saving money

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BUCKLAND — The state’s geographically largest public school system is also the most sparsely populated: the 253-square mile Mohawk Trail Regional School District encompasses almost 530 road miles, yet has a density of less than two school students per mile, according to the Long Range Planning Committee. Because of its population sparsity and many miles between students and their schools, Mohawk’s per-pupil costs … 0

Neighbors: Celebrate MLK Day by doing service

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which we will celebrate on Monday, is not about having a day off, but instead about doing service for your neighbors and community. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” King said. The civil rights … 0

Charlemont to add sporting goods store

Monday, January 12, 2015

CHARLEMONT ­— In its bid to become the outdoor adventure hot spot in New England, Charlemont will soon have another attraction: a year-round hunting, fishing and sporting goods shop called Overwatch Outpost. If all goes as planned, business … 0

Neighbors: Mahar Class of 1964 helps its neighbors

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Mahar’s Class of 1964 had a very busy year last year. The class held its first fundraiser in December 2013, using half of the proceeds to fund award scholarships to some of the graduates of the Class of 2014 and the other half was given as … 0

250th off to a blazing start

Sunday, January 11, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Besides being the one of the quintessential symbols of the holiday season, the sight of Christmas trees in the front window of people’s homes also heralds the end of the year. But the end of a … 0

‘Fooling around’ leads to fall from Berkshire East chair lift

Sunday, January 11, 2015

CHARLEMONT — A young girl who fell off of a chair lift at the Berkshire East Mountain Resort Friday night is expected to recover, according to the ski area’s owner. According to owner Roy Schaefer, the accident occurred around 8:30 p.m. after the girl, who he said was … 0

WiredWest towns ready for next step

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Selectmen from all 11 Franklin County hilltowns without high-speed Internet have approved WiredWest’s nonbinding resolution to go forward with a “last mile” $100 million to $120 million fire-optic network build-out. Now the financial planning begins. Ashfield, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, New Salem, Rowe, Shutesbury, Warwick and Wendell … 0

Neighbors: Look ahead to a great year

Monday, January 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. Hope you all had a wonderful New Year. Now it’s time to look ahead. According to our precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy, we’re supposed to see 23 snowfalls this winter — remember, you only have to track a cat for one to be counted. Even so, that … 0

Economic justice topic of 3-day conference

Sunday, January 4, 2015

CHARLEMONT — “Creating Common Good: A Practical Conference on Economic Equality” is the title of a three-day conference at Trinity Church in New York; but local residents will be able to hear the talks by national leaders in … 0

Town board meetings for week of Jan. 5

Friday, January 2, 2015

Ashfield Selectboard/Personnel Board: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard/Personnel Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Assessors: Thursday 5:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Assessors: Tuesday 2 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday … 0

Neighbors: Now’s the time to get your children involved in Shakespeare

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Happy New Year! It’s finally here and the days are getting colder. But as I said the other day, it’s also a chance for a new beginning. Has your 7- to-18-year-old been thinking about some William Shakespeare? Well, now’s the time. Young Shakespeare Players East in … 0