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Neighbors: Senior event promises opportunity

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Franklin County Sheriff’s TRIAD program, along with the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office and Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility in Greenfield, will sponsor the Senior Services Health and Safety Expo on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Schuetzen Verein on Barton Cove in Gill. Our neighbor Ray Zukowski said the event promises to give our seniors and their families an opportunity to learn what resources and … 0

Charlemont hires administrator

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CHARLEMONT — At last year’s annual town meeting, voters agreed to hire their first town administrator. At Tuesday night’s annual town meeting, many townspeople met her for the first time. Margaret “Peg” Dean began working for the town this spring, to oversee daily operations and to handle responsibilities on a full-time basis. “I’m already falling in love with Charlemont,” she says of new … 0

Charlemont OKs broadband, ambulance

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Although less than 20 percent of the town’s households have registered for WiredWest broadband services, all but a few of the 123 voters attending annual town meeting this week (15 percent of all registered voters) gave selectmen the authority to borrow $1.75 million for the town’s share of WiredWest broadband building. The broadband vote was followed by applause and then subsequent … 0

Mohawk Trail Concert co-founder Ruth Black dies

Friday, May 15, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Ruth Black, co-founder of the Mohawk Trail Concert Series, died earlier this month, at the age of 87. Ruth and Arnold Black founded the Mohawk Trail Concert Series in 1969, bringing many renowned musicians to the … 0

West County Notebook

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Fishing derby in Charlemont CHARLEMONT — Come to the Deerfield River this Saturday for a Kids’ Free Fishing Derby from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The derby will take place behind The Great Outdoors, 78 Main St. All ages are welcome. The event is sponsored by Doug Johnson … 0

Mass. energy officials at Hawlemont today

Thursday, May 14, 2015

CHARLEMONT — John Lebeaux, state commissioner of agricultural resources, will be at the Hawlemont Regional School this morning, to speak at a tree-planting at the school. He will be accompanied by Matthew Beaton, secretary of energy and environmental affairs. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 11 … 0

State OKs Eversource’s lower summer rates

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The state has approved Eversource electric rates for the summer months. On July 1, the Basic Service supply price for all residential Eversource customers in western Massachusetts will drop by about 31 percent, from 14.228 cents for the cold weather months to 9.767 cents per kilowatt-hour. Customers using … 0

Buckland-Shelburne Elementary climbs from a ‘lowest-’ to a ‘highest-performing’ school

Monday, May 11, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — In 2011, the Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School MCAS scores caused the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to declare BSE a “Level 3” school, which meant it was among the lowest-performing 20 percent of schools … 0

West County Notebook

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hawlemont open house celebration CHARLEMONT — Hawlemont Regional School hosts its first Agricultural Celebration tonight from 4 to 7 p.m. to showcase its agricultural projects, lessons, 4-H clubs and new livestock. Student exhibits, a plant sale of Hawlemont-grown items, cow paddy bingo, a craft sale, school tours and … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors will return May 19

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hello neighbor. Neighbors will not be back until May 19. I am headed this morning with my friend Diane Poirier on a cruise to Bermuda. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I can’t imagine we’ll have anything but a great time. See you when I return. … 0

No easy answers for Charlemont Ambulance certification

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

CHARLEMONT — While the three-town Charlemont Ambulance Department is in danger of having its certification pulled at the end of the month, officials say the problem isn’t in the ambulance service itself. It’s not in Charlemont, Hawley or … 0

Buckland voters back Mohawk budget

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

BUCKLAND — By a 65-48 paper ballot vote, Buckland annual town meeting voters approved a $1.9 million Mohawk Trail Regional School District operating assessment, which includes the town’s share of new costs for the district’s free half-day preschool. This gives Mohawk eight out of the 10 weighted votes … 0

Neighbors: Another chance to help a neighbor in need

Monday, May 4, 2015

Hello, neighbor. First, I would like to send out a “very happy birthday” to grandson Justin’s beautiful mommy Suzanne. There’s going be a benefit golf tournament with shotgun start for longtime local disc jockey Ryan Interlande, who needs a heart transplant, at Thomas Memorial Golf and Country Club … 0