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Charlemont gets (some) cell phone coverage

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Partial cell phone service has come to Charlemont — at least for those who own smartphones equipped with voice-over-wireless broadband technology. But the Board of Selectmen will spend part of this week gathering signatures for a petition asking Verizon Wireless to install additional equipment on the 197-foot communications tower at Berkshire East, so that any kind of cell phone would work from the town’s eastern boundary on Route … 0

Neighbors: Dick Henry receives highest Moose honor

Monday, August 3, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’d like to congratulate Richard “Dick” Henry of Greenfield, a member of Greenfield Lodge No. 997 Loyal Order of Moose, who has received the Pilgrim Degree of Merit, which is the highest honor bestowed a member. The degree, currently held by very few throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Bermuda, is the order’s ultimate reward for exceptional devotion to … 0

Reporter takes a swing on the flying trapeze

Sunday, August 2, 2015

CHARLEMONT — “You’re a dancer. I think you’ll be great at this.” That’s what my editor, Sam Wood, told me on Tuesday, encouraging me to take a flying trapeze workshop during the second annual Hilltown Youth Theater Summer Workshop at the Charlemont Academy. My thought? I get motion sickness. I’m terrified of heights. … 0

West County Notebook, July 25

Friday, July 24, 2015

Route 2 stretch closed for parade CHARLEMONT — Saturday morning, July 25, Route 2 will temporarily be closed from the Buckland/Charlemont town line to the center of town, from 10:30 a.m. to about noon, to accommodate the town’s 250th anniversary parade, according to town officials. Beginning at 10:15, … 0

Town Meetings, Week of July 27

Friday, July 24, 2015

Ashfield Parks Commission: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Planning Board: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Website Policy Committee: Tuesday 10 a.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board … 0

Utilities: Electric rates to drop, but root cause of spikes remains

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — After a winter that saw major increases in electric bills across the region, rates have dropped back to more normal warm-weather levels. While those big fluctuations showed up in monthly electric bills, retailers like Eversource Energy … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy Famous Bill’s lobster pie recipe

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. Many of you — especially those who grew up in the area like I did — remember Famous Bill’s Restaurant on Federal Street — and you probably also remember its lobster pie. Well, one of our neighbors was going through her mother’s things (her mom was … 0

Letter: Examining issues

Thursday, July 23, 2015

I am sorry that Marguerite Willis found the Charlemont Forum offensive to her as a Republican. It is not the intention of the forum to criticize any political party. It is its intention to delve into issues that may be controversial but that have relevance on a national … 0

Charlemont’s 250th parade, Yankee Doodle Days this weekend

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Frances Avery, whose family founded the A.L. Avery & Sons General Store in 1861, will be grand marshal in the town’s 250th parade on Saturday, July 25, held during the town’s annual Yankee Doodle Days. At … 0

What could Olympic course on the Deerfield look like?

Monday, July 20, 2015

CHARLEMONT — If Boston wins the bid for the 2024 Olympics and the Deerfield River hosts whitewater slalom races, it could be a rarity in modern times: a natural, in-river course. Most of the Olympic courses based in … 0

FRTA proposes Montague-Greenfield line cut

Monday, July 20, 2015

MONTAGUE — Riders on the Route 22 bus line between Montague and Greenfield may see changes as early as this fall if a proposal by the Franklin Regional Transit Authority to discontinue the line and combine it with the Route 32 line between Orange and Greenfield is put … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy some ice cream this week

Monday, July 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. Did you know that the origins of ice cream go way back to before ancient Roman times? Emperors would order ice be brought from mountains and covered with fruit. Over time, recipes for ices, sherbets, and … 0

Weekly Town Meetings, July 20-25

Friday, July 17, 2015

Ashfield Board of Health: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Assessors: Wednesday 11 a.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Special town meeting: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Hawlemont Regional School Committee: Tuesday 4:30 p.m. in Hawlemont. Colrain … 0