Charlemont

Charlemont real estate taxes due by Nov. 3

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Town officials are reminding taxpayers that the second quarter payments of fiscal year 2015 real estate and personal property taxes are due by Nov. 3. … 0

Transportation ‘windfall:’ Mohawk proposes revolving fund

Friday, October 17, 2014

BUCKLAND — With the state paying 90 percent — instead of 60 percent — of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s $750,000 reimbursable school bus costs this year, four member towns have asked Mohawk to refund part of their school assessments that were based on the lower estimate of state regional school transportation aid. To address this, the Mohawk district may ask member … 0

Coming 'round the mountain: Berkshire East's new coaster is built for fun

Friday, October 17, 2014

I t felt like I was nearly being thrown from my seat, tethered only by my seatbelt as I careened down Mount Institute with no way to steer. When I finally came to a safe stop at the bottom of the hill, I rushed right back to do it all again. Billed as … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy autumn while you can

Monday, October 6, 2014

Hello neighbor. Can you believe it? The leaves are falling from the trees as the crisp days of fall nudge us toward the bitter chill of winter. There are only three full moons left this year: the Full … 0

Propane leak stops traffic on Route 2 for two hours

Monday, October 6, 2014

CHARLEMONT — A ruptured 1,000-gallon underground propane tank closed Route 2 for two hours Monday. “Everything we’ve done to try to fix it only made it worse,” said Heath Fire Chief Michael Smith. Smith said the tank was damaged when landscapers grading the front yard of the recently … 1

Neighbors: Help for a little cemetery

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hello neighbor. I recently learned of another example of people working together to help make our community a little nicer. Inmates at the jail went to a small cemetery on Bernardston Road this week to paint the old, faded fence that surrounds Log Plain Cemetery. Many of you … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Robert Strong Woodward lecture Saturday BUCKLAND — The editor-in-chief of the magazine “Fine Art Connoisseur” will talk about Buckland’s most famous artist, Robert Strong Woodward this Saturday at the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association museum at 8 Memorial St. in Old Deerfield. Peter Trippi’s lecture, “An Artist of his … 0

Letter: Behind ‘combined sources’

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Perhaps I have been asleep at the wheel but I do not recall a byline named Combined Sources that appeared on page C1 top lead article. Were these off-the-record voices? The dominant party protests too much. MARGUERITE WILLIS Charlemont … 0

West County Notebook

Monday, September 29, 2014

Financial aid info night at Academy at Charlemont CHARLEMONT — The Academy at Charlemont and the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority will be holding a financial aid information night at the academy on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. All local families are invited to attend. The meeting will include discussions … 0

Berkshire East still remaking itself

Sunday, September 28, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Mountain-biking down the Berkshire East mountain might be thrilling, but first, you’d have that awful uphill climb, right? Not really, because Berkshire East has started building a “lift serviced” mountain bike park this month. According to Berkshire East, several downhill trails are being designed for riders … 0

Town Meetings, Sept. 29-Oct. 4

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ashfield Planning Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 7:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Energy Committee: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation … 0

They’re back: stained glass glows again in Federated Church in Charlemont

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CHARLEMONT — The murky, 104-year-old stained glass windows removed in March from the Federated Church for cleaning and repairs are being re-installed this week, and the Rev. Cara B. Hochhalter is seeing them with new eyes. “That pink … 0

Mohawk athletes warned of resistant staph infection

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BUCKLAND — A Mohawk Trail Regional School athlete has been confirmed to have a penicillin-resistant staph infection known as MRSA, and a letter has gone out to the parents of Mohawk athletes, warning them of the condition and of precautions to avoid its spread. “It’s a very common … 0