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DA: No foul play with body found in river

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

CHARLEMONT — The Northwestern District Attorney’s office does not suspect foul play after a man’s body was recovered from the Cold River Monday afternoon in the Mohawk Trail State Forest. DA’s spokeswoman Mary Carey wrote that the circumstances are “non-criminal in nature.” No further information could be obtained from the DA’s office Tuesday. The office is in charge of the investigation. State police responded to a report of a body … 0

Health board takes Charlemont Inn owners to court

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

CHARLEMONT — The Board of Health has filed a complaint about the condition of the Charlemont Inn in Housing Court, and is seeking a probable cause hearing on charges that the inn, built during the 1700s, doesn’t meet the state sanitary code, after weathering four winters unheated, without plumbing and with a leaky … 0

10th adult spelling bee seeks teams

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

BUCKLAND — Want to sit for a spell? Community spelling teams that want to match their wits against others have until Nov. 1 to register in time for the 10th annual Mary Lyon Community Spelling Bee, which takes place Nov. 10, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Mohawk Trail Regional School auditorium. But … 0

Franklin County Meals Program seeks leader

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Franklin County Community Meals Program is looking for a new executive director to fill the role currently held by interim Executive Director Mary McClintock who will leave the position in late November. McClintock has served as interim executive director since May. In keeping with its mission to … 0

Neighbors: Riverside Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival just around the corner

Monday, September 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. The 5th annual Riverside Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival is just around the corner. On Oct. 10 and 11, Greenfield will once again host the popular festival. If you’d like to experience a one-of-a-kind festival with … 0

West County Notebook

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Cluster zoning for Shelburne SHELBURNE — Zoning for future cluster or open space developments in Shelburne will be the topic of a public information meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the Buckland/Shelburne Elementary School cafeteria. The meeting is sponsored by the Board of Selectmen and the Planning … 0

Neighbors: Local photographer captures life at Heath Fair

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Hello neighbor. Some of you may know our supremely talented neighbor Matt Cavanaugh, a photojournalist and professional wedding and event photographer who lives in Greenfield with his wife Nicole and their two young sons. Matt spent three days … 0

Charlemont officials seek bridge inventory to help avoid additional closures

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Faced with the abrupt closure of one town-owned bridge and the likelihood that another may soon be ordered closed by the state, the Board of Selectmen wants to inventory all town bridges so they can plan … 0

Get ‘Hooked on History’ at Mohawk fair Saturday

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

BUCKLAND — Learn about “The Devil Wars — Shakerism in Ashfield, Shelburne and Buckland,” the pioneering spirit of Shelburne’s Fidelia Fiske, the first woman missionary to visit 19th-century Persia, and other local history insights at the Hilltowns History … 0

Neighbors: Garlic and Arts Festival returns Sept. 26 and 27

Monday, September 14, 2015

Hello neighbor. When a group of North Quabbin neighbors, artists and farmers first conceived an idea for an event years ago, the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival was born. It was simply meant to ignite the cultural … 0

Neighbors: All’s Fair in Franklin County this weekend

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Hello neighbor. THE FRANKLIN COUNTY FAIR HAS BEGUN and with it, lots of fun. There will be lots of fair food — Yum! — rides, games and entertainment. You’ll see plenty of apple pies this year because the fair will continue its long-standing tradition of holding an apple … 0

Oxbow Road bridge replacement planned

Thursday, September 10, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Two weeks before school buses would have rolled across the bridge on West Oxbow Road, heading to and from Route 2, a state Department of Transportation bridge inspector ordered the bridge closed to traffic. But by working together, state, town and school officials have been able … 0

Student restaurant opens at Tech School for school year

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School’s Apprentice Restaurant opens to the public Sept. 22. The restaurant is open for lunch only, Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The menu is posted online daily at www.fcts.org/apprentice/menu.html. Students and staff in the culinary arts program … 0