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Neighbors: Visit your local farmers market

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Farmers markets are going strong throughout the county this summer. I’m not going to mention any in particular, because most of you know where they are, especially if you’ve got one in your town. What I want to talk about today is why you should visit one or two or more. Visiting a farmers market is a way of enjoying the season. Most of them run from late … 0

Chinese teens have summer fun at Mohawk

Monday, July 27, 2015

BUCKLAND — Eighteen Chinese high- and middle-school students began their third day at the Mohawk Trail Regional School by learning to dance the Macarena, followed up with “The Chicken Dance.” It was taught to them, as an ice-breaker, by recent Mohawk graduate Laura Purington of Colrain. Teens don’t have dances in China, so, … 0

Sheep won’t leap, but teach responsibility

Sunday, July 26, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Obstacle course races are in vogue at the moment, bringing out paying runners in droves. Sheep are less enthused. Confronted with the first obstacle, a shearing stand, Connor Bailey’s sheep lay down and played dead. Other sheep completed the short obstacle course of as they completed all tasks in the sheep … 0

Downed tree branch causes hundreds to lose electricity in Charlemont

Sunday, July 12, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Visitors got stuck on the chair lift and mountain coaster at Berkshire East Sunday morning after a fallen tree limb caused 950 National Grid customers to lose power, a spokesperson for the power company said. The branch took down lines near the Deerfield River in Charlemont … 0

Burned in U.S. ‘Melting Pot’: Charlemont Forum takes on plight of immigrants through present day

Friday, July 10, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Many people are proud of the United States as a “melting pot” or a “nation of immigrants,” but history shows that immigrants, from the 1700s to the present, have not always been welcomed. With 33,000 “detention … 5

WiredWest nearing sign-up goal

Friday, July 10, 2015

HEATH — The town needs just five more households to register for WiredWest broadband services. Last week, 122 Heath voters turned out for a special town meeting and authorized their small town to borrow up to $1.45 million as the town’s share of costs for high-speed broadband. The … 0

Weekly meetings for July 13-18

Friday, July 10, 2015

Ashfield Cultural Council: Today 9 a.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Zoning Board of Appeals: Thursday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Planning Board: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall Finance Committee: Monday 7 p.m. … 1

Neighbors: Local poet leaves us with one last thought

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m sure many of you read in The Recorder on July 1 of the recent passing of our neighbor, artist, author and poet Margaret Robison, who lived on Water Street in Shelburne Falls next to the Bridge of Flowers when she died on June 24. The … 0

State budget boosts western Mass. programs

Thursday, July 9, 2015

A number of western Massachusetts programs stand to benefit from the state budget compromise hammered out in Boston Wednesday. According to state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg’s office, more than 400,000 working families across Massachusetts will receive more back on the income tax returns next year under the Senate’s … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Blue Block reprieve: New owner buys embattled building COLRAIN — Although special town meeting voters last month agreed to buy and demolish the vacant Blue Block building at 3 Main Road, someone else has purchased the building before the town could buy it. According to Town Coordinator Kevin … 0

Forum tonight in Charlemont

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

CHARLEMONT — “The Melting Pot: Who’s Getting Burned?” is the topic for tonight’s July 8 Charlemont Forum at the Federated Church. This program on immigration and immigration enforcement will feature: Mount Holyoke College Professor David Hernandez, on U.S. detention practices; Duxbury lawyer William P. Joyce, a former federal … 0

Neighbors: Greenfield fireworks the best in years

Monday, July 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m sure those of you who attended the fireworks in Greenfield on Sunday night woke up Monday morning still in awe. They were magnificent — the best I’ve seen in many years. I sat on Lunt … 0

Charlemont 250th events continue

Sunday, July 5, 2015

CHARLEMONT — In conjunction with the ongoing Charlemont 250th anniversary celebrations, a special Scavenger Hunt Contest has started and new teams are welcome to join. Teams of three or more (at least two need to be current Charlemont … 0