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Attorney Buz Eisenberg speaks to a crowd at the Charlemont Federated Church on Tuesday night during this year's Charlemont Forum on "Democracy at Risk." His speech was entitled “A Post-Constitutional Era in the United States: Have we Arrived?” 
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Constitution eroded by 9/11 attacks, lawyer says

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

CHARLEMONT — The last of seven Guantanamo detainees represented by Ashfield lawyer Buz Eisenberg is now awaiting resettlement, after being held without charges for 12 1/ 2 years — and after being cleared for transfer three times since 2007. Eisenberg described his client’s plight as one example of how the United States Constitution “has been incessantly battered post-9/11.” Speaking at this week’s Charlemont Forum, Eisenberg said: “The misadventures in Iraq and Afghanistan and the toll they have taken on those people and our troops,” the erosion of freedom of speech after the passage of the PATRIOT Act, and the National Security Agency excesses disclosed by … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Charlemont seeks hazard plan comments CHARLEMONT — The town’s Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee, and the regional planning department has updated the town’s hazard mitigation plan. Once the updated plan is approved by Federal Emergency Management Administration and adopted by the town, Charlemont will be eligible for state and federal money to fund pre- and post-disaster mitigation projects to reduce the impact of future … 0

Berkshire Gas warns about phone scam

Monday, July 28, 2014

Several Berkshire Gas business customers have recently reported receiving fraudulent telephone calls seeking immediate payment of their Berkshire Gas accounts, by credit card, over the telephone, the utility has reported. The caller claims that the account is overdue and requires immediate payment. Several of the fraudulent calls have showed up as originating from 617-419-5406 in the recipient’s caller ID. Berkshire Gas has reported … 0

UMass prof: ‘Very rich’ becoming very powerful in US politics

Monday, June 30, 2014

CHARLEMONT — The widening gap between “the richest of the rich” and the rest of us is not only a social issue, but a threat to American democracy itself, says Gerald Friedman, a political economist, author and professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Friedman will give the … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy, but stay safe on the Fourth of July

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are just a week away from July 4 and I’m sure there will be plenty of celebrating going on next weekend. I hope you all have great fun and get to spend time with friends … 0

“Welcome to Charlemont” sign contest announced

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

CHARLEMONT — The selectmen are seeking design submissions for a new “Welcome to Charlemont” signs. The 4-by-4-foot signs will be installed at the east and west ends of the Charlemont Village Center in time for this year’s foliage season. Anyone who would like to participate in this contest … 0

Neighbors: Scholarships help students pursue dreams and agencies help others

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Wells Trust Scholarship recently announced this year’s recipients and I’d like to share their names, or at least where some of them are from, with you today. Fred W. and Ethel Dow Wells were longtime … 0

More than 1/3 of Franklin County ticks carry Lyme disease

Friday, June 20, 2014

More than a third of ticks collected in 10 Franklin County towns so far this season have tested positive for Lyme disease. “We are finding Lyme to be highly prevalent in Franklin County, but we also know it … 0

Greenfield Community College graduates LPNs

Friday, June 20, 2014

Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program students graduated in a special ceremony Friday afternoon. This is the 22nd graduating class of the program that prepares students to become licensed practical nurses. Many in the class are nontraditional students who have balanced family and work responsibilities to successfully complete … 0

Neighbors: Franklin County natives featured on Playbill.com

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Have you heard that Frontier Regional High School graduates (2010) Dale Murphy, a Sunderland native, and Tyler Conroy, a Conway native, were recently featured on Playbill.com? Dale wrote a musical based on the music of Taylor Swift and Tyler starred in and directed it. “It’s a … 0

Franklin County school districts weigh PARCC vs. MCAS, results mixed

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — With the state offering a choice between getting an early start with the probable next big standardized test or continuing with the MCAS for the time being, area school districts have split more or less down the middle. Deciding factors included uncertainty over the future, … 0

Mohawk Supt. ranked ‘proficient’

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Superintendent gets graded by school board BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee ranked its school superintendent as “proficient,” under a new evaluation system that included both a checklist on various superintendent skills and a comment portion on the superintendent’s performances and goals. As has been … 0

Broadband for the rest of us? Towns look to Leverett

Friday, June 13, 2014

CHARLEMONT — For western Massachusetts communities that want broadband Internet, Leverett selectmen’s Chairman Peter d’Errico can lay out a scenario their town officials would envy: How to build a high-speed network — “fiber to the premises” — for … 1