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Charlemont Broadband Committee Chairman Bob Handsaker makes a point, while panelists Douglas Wilkins and Andrea Bernard look on. Recorder photo/Diane Broncaccio

Panel: Broadband crucial to public education

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Broadband access may be as crucial to 21st-century public education as paper, pencil and textbooks were in the 20th century, according to education panelists who spoke this week at the Hawlemont Regional School. Those children without broadband access at home not only miss out on learning opportunities their better-connected peers have, but when it comes to college, they could be at a disadvantage in comparison to students coming from places where broadband is as ubiquitous as electricity. Speaking to an audience of at least 30 people at the Hawlemont Regional School, Mohawk Trail Regional School teacher Julia White said Mohawk school families with … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the … 0

Just Inn time repairs: Condemned Charlemont Inn begins renovations with roof work

Friday, November 20, 2015

CHARLEMONT — A week after a Board of Health condemnation order was issued, owners of the historic Charlemont Inn obtained a building permit for a vital part of the building’s renovation — a new roof. The work is to begin next week, according to Charlotte Dewey, who co-owns the building with Linda Shimandle. … 0

Neighbors: Greenfield library’s got some bargains this weekend

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. It has been a really busy week for me, so I’m going to get right to it. Have a great weekend! FRIENDS OF GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY will hold its October Book Sale on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be an abundance of … 0

Neighbors: Human Error’s Greenfield Word Fest no mistake

Monday, October 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Human Error Publishing will present its sixth Greenfield Annual Word Festival starting today and running through Sunday — six days of WORDS in downtown Greenfield. Awesome! Along with authors and poets reading their works all week, there will be an ongoing book fair. The Arts Block … 0

‘Clean Sweep’ waste collection day Saturday

Monday, October 19, 2015

Been wanting to get rid that bulky trash not normally accepted at your trash transfer station? The Franklin County Solid Waste District is holding its fall “Clean Sweep” bulky waste collection on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon. The three drop-off sites are: the Buckland Recreation … 0

Drone on? Area officials weigh unmanned aerial devices for emergency services

Friday, October 16, 2015

CHARLEMONT — In a small town that attracts thousands of visitors to its rivers, mountains and forests, would an emergency drone help an understaffed volunteer fire department and ambulance service to meet the town’s emergency needs? Emergency Management … 0

Deerfield flu clinic set for Saturday

Friday, October 16, 2015

DEERFIELD — Need a flu shot? The Franklin Regional Council of Governments’ is providing flu clinics in the region with the help of local community volunteers and student assistance from Greenfield Community College’s nursing program. A number of flu vaccine clinics are scheduled across the county, including today … 0

Neighbors: Montague’s K-9 Artie needs a new ride

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. K-9 Artie, whose real name is Arthur, and his partner, Montague police officer James Ruddock, need a new ride and they’re asking us to help. Montague Police Department will hold a tailgate party to raise money for a new cruiser that will accommodate a four-legged officer. … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Mohawk family night offers website tutorials, college aid info BUCKLAND — Want to learn how to get the most out of Google, Microsoft Word or Excel? Need help with financial aid for college? Mohawk Trail Regional High School will host an evening called “Family Educational Opportunities” on Oct. … 0

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 … 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 … 1

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 … 0