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Charlemont Broadband Committee Chairman Bob Handsaker makes a point, while panelists Douglas Wilkins and Andrea Bernard look on. Recorder photo/Diane Broncaccio

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, but when it comes to college, they could be at a disadvantage in comparison to students coming from places where broadband is as ubiquitous as electricity. Speaking to an audience of at least 30 people at the Hawlemont Regional School, Mohawk Trail Regional School teacher Julia White said Mohawk school families with … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the … 0

Just Inn time repairs: Condemned Charlemont Inn begins renovations with roof work

Friday, November 20, 2015

CHARLEMONT — A week after a Board of Health condemnation order was issued, owners of the historic Charlemont Inn obtained a building permit for a vital part of the building’s renovation — a new roof. The work is to begin next week, according to Charlotte Dewey, who co-owns the building with Linda Shimandle. … 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

Dual clinic Saturday for pets and people

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Here’s a chance to get both your family’s flu shots and your pets’ rabies vaccination all in one place: At the Cooperative Public Health Service Flu Clinic and Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Saturday, Oct. 31, from … 0

Food plan aims to grow economy, community

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A Massachusetts Local Food Action plan being released today calls for the state to take steps to beef up agriculture and food production as a way to not only enhance the local food supply, but also to improve … 0