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Charlemont Ambulance files ‘action plan’ with state

Friday, May 29, 2015

CHARLEMONT — To improve its response rate and keep its license, the Charlemont Ambulance Task Force has submitted an action plan spelling out how this rural, volunteer department will increase its pool of certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and stay financially solvent. The plan was sent to the Department of Public Health’s Office of Emergency Medical Services to show that the three-town volunteer ambulance service is making headway in bolstering … 0

Neighbors: Senior event promises opportunity

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Franklin County Sheriff’s TRIAD program, along with the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office and Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility in Greenfield, will sponsor the Senior Services Health and Safety Expo on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Schuetzen Verein on Barton Cove in Gill. Our neighbor Ray Zukowski said the event promises to give our seniors and their families … 0

Charlemont hires administrator

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CHARLEMONT — At last year’s annual town meeting, voters agreed to hire their first town administrator. At Tuesday night’s annual town meeting, many townspeople met her for the first time. Margaret “Peg” Dean began working for the town this spring, to oversee daily operations and to handle responsibilities on a full-time basis. “I’m already falling in love with Charlemont,” she says of new … 0

Hilltown officials puzzle over broadband costs

Thursday, April 23, 2015

ASHFIELD — According to the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, the towns without high-speed Internet have at least through June 2016 to apply for their share of a $40 million pool of state money to extend Internet service — and they don’t have to be part of the WiredWest collaborative … 0

West County Notebook

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Colrain hosts candidates night COLRAIN — Questions for the candidates? Puzzled about the warrant articles? The Griswold Memorial Library, 12 Main Road, will be hosting a candidate’s night on Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Running for office are incumbents: Selectman Mark Thibodeau, Board … 0

Letter: Caring for Earth

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Earth Day — a day to remind us that we HAVE an Earth, and to recommit ourselves to taking CARE of it. How to do that? We must stop climate change NOW. Personally, I like the maple trees, daffodils and forsythia I grew up with, and don’t want … 0

Neighbors: French musical at Arts Block

Monday, April 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’re looking for something fun to do next weekend, or the following one, head to the Arts Block on Main Street in Greenfield for the French musical, “Irma la Douce,” which will be performed by Arena Civic Theatre on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday … 0

Mohawk towns wrangle over free preschool proposal

Sunday, April 19, 2015

ASHFIELD — West County towns are debating whether to offer “free” preschool next year — paid for through tax dollars rather than by parents of individual preschoolers, whose children don’t qualify for free preschool services for special needs. Unlike other Mohawk Trail Regional School District elementary schools, Sanderson … 0

Tech students capture honors in statewide competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Twenty-six students from FCTS competed against 350 students in about 20 events March 7 through 9 in Framingham and Upton. Emmett Boyd of Northfield, Kyle … 0

Hawlemont HAY teacher wins award

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Sometimes agriculture teacher Jean Bruffee ends up with house guests from the new Hawlemont Agriculture and You (HAY) curriculum: first there was Sweetie, the literally henpecked chick Bruffee took home to nurse and to keep away … 2

Making the switch

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Amid pressure from legislators and upset consumers, state utility regulators have eliminated a 15-year-old rule that required electricity suppliers to recalculate the bills of customers when they switch from their basic service to a competitor. The practice has cost customers, dozens of whom are from western … 0

Neighbors: Paint and Sip awakens my inner artist

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. A group of friends and family gathering together to paint on canvas, while sipping their favorite beverages, has become a national trend. In this area, two of the companies that provide such entertainment — at least … 1

Charlemont Heritage Day is today

Friday, April 10, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Today is “Heritage Day” in Charlemont, which is celebrating its 250th anniversary year. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Hawlemont Regional School gymnasium, visitors are welcome to view private and museum postcard collections, family … 0