Charlemont

Charlemont man denies larceny, fraud charges

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Charlemont man denied charges in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday related to two alleged schemes that prosecutors say let him cheat his former employer, Dietz Construction of Easthampton, out of thousands of dollars. Andrew Dufresne, 42, of 119 Main St., Apt. 1R, pleaded not guilty to charges of larceny over $250 by a single scheme, credit card fraud over $250, larceny over $250, larceny under $250, and eight … 0

Neighbors: Help a former neighbor by voting for her new business

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’m hoping you can help one of our former neighbors expand her business in Gloucester. Heather Ahearn, who is the daughter of David and Sally Ahearn and is co-owner of Atlantic Saltworks, is currently competing in the Entrepreneur and Sam Adams Brewing American Dream Wild Card Pitch Room contest. If she and her business partner Alison Darnell win, they will receive … 0

Hawlemont farm program grows

Friday, November 14, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Besides growing fruits, herbs and veggies, the Hawlemont School’s new farm-based curriculum is growing something else: enrollment and community involvement. Enrollment at the rural elementary school is already up by 10 percent, and Hawlemont lost none of its younger grade students this fall to other schools via School Choice,” said Jean … 0

Mohawk mulls bill for 4-day school week

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BUCKLAND — While any prospect of a four-day school week is still several years away, Superintendent Michael Buoniconti has asked the Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee to let state Rep. Paul Mark file special legislation that could make … 0

FRCOG hopes to build online disaster map

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BUCKLAND — When Tropical Storm Irene pounded Franklin County, emergency responders and isolated residents cut off by storm damage suddenly found a new use for Twitter and Facebook on their cellphones: asking others about, and reporting on local washouts, flooding and downed trees. Now, the Franklin Regional Council … 0

Berkshire East buys Warfield House

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

CHARLEMONT — The Berkshire East Mountain Resort is adding another attraction to its burgeoning outdoor recreation center: the picturesque Warfield House Inn, a 12-room bed-and-breakfast and its 530 acres overlooking the Mohawk Trail hillsides and Deerfield River. According to the Franklin County Registry of Deeds, the property was … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy autumn while you can

Monday, October 6, 2014

Hello neighbor. Can you believe it? The leaves are falling from the trees as the crisp days of fall nudge us toward the bitter chill of winter. There are only three full moons left this year: the Full … 0

Propane leak stops traffic on Route 2 for two hours

Monday, October 6, 2014

CHARLEMONT — A ruptured 1,000-gallon underground propane tank closed Route 2 for two hours Monday. “Everything we’ve done to try to fix it only made it worse,” said Heath Fire Chief Michael Smith. Smith said the tank was damaged when landscapers grading the front yard of the recently … 1

Neighbors: Help for a little cemetery

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hello neighbor. I recently learned of another example of people working together to help make our community a little nicer. Inmates at the jail went to a small cemetery on Bernardston Road this week to paint the old, faded fence that surrounds Log Plain Cemetery. Many of you … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Robert Strong Woodward lecture Saturday BUCKLAND — The editor-in-chief of the magazine “Fine Art Connoisseur” will talk about Buckland’s most famous artist, Robert Strong Woodward this Saturday at the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association museum at 8 Memorial St. in Old Deerfield. Peter Trippi’s lecture, “An Artist of his … 0

Letter: Behind ‘combined sources’

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Perhaps I have been asleep at the wheel but I do not recall a byline named Combined Sources that appeared on page C1 top lead article. Were these off-the-record voices? The dominant party protests too much. MARGUERITE WILLIS Charlemont … 0

West County Notebook

Monday, September 29, 2014

Financial aid info night at Academy at Charlemont CHARLEMONT — The Academy at Charlemont and the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority will be holding a financial aid information night at the academy on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. All local families are invited to attend. The meeting will include discussions … 0

Berkshire East still remaking itself

Sunday, September 28, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Mountain-biking down the Berkshire East mountain might be thrilling, but first, you’d have that awful uphill climb, right? Not really, because Berkshire East has started building a “lift serviced” mountain bike park this month. According to Berkshire East, several downhill trails are being designed for riders … 0