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Neighbors: ’Tis the season of giving

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Diggity Dogs Service Dogs, a nonprofit in Shelburne Falls, will tour the valley today to thank the community for another year of support. Diggity Dogs will also be raising awareness for #GivingTuesday, which is today. Following two of the biggest shopping days of the year — Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a global movement of generosity, which began in 2012. New York’s 92nd Street Y partnered … 0

Two seeking selectman’s seat in Charlemont special election

Sunday, November 29, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Two candidates are vying in a special election for the unexpired selectman’s term of David Cunningham. Ivan “Toby” Gould of Zoar Road and Benjamin Atkinson will be on the ballot during the special town election set for Dec. 22 from noon to 7 p.m. at the Hawlemont Regional School. A candidate’s … 0

Charlemont Inn preps for Housing Court date

Sunday, November 29, 2015

CHARLEMONT — A progress report on steps taken to repair the Charlemont Inn is due today , per a Housing Court order, with a follow-up hearing in Housing Court on Friday . Meanwhile, the town Board of Health has decided to postpone an enforcement order against the Charlemont Inn owners in Housing Court on Friday, on the grounds that the Charlemont Inn doesn’t … 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

Body found in Charlemont

Monday, October 12, 2015

CHARLEMONT — A report of a body floating in the water sent state police to the Mohawk Trail State Forest just after 1 p.m., according to a state police spokesman, who referred all further questions to the Northwestern District Attorney’s office. Charlemont Fire Chief Douglas Annear said a … 0

Neighbors: Neighbor receives award for military service

Monday, October 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Congratulations to our neighbor Tom Williams of Shelburne, who recently received the National Guard Legion of Merit award for outstanding service. Tom served in the military for 42 years. It took more than a year for … 0

On the high wire: Major utility line project underway in the region

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Even as work crews begin wrapping up a 2.8-mile stretch of an Eversource transmission line in Greenfield, Montague and Deerfield, replacing lattice poles with double-circuit monopoles, the utility has begun other major line work around the region and … 0

Neighbors: Lots going on in the county, so enjoy!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hello neighbor. There is way too much to tell you about today, so I’m just going to get right to it. Have a great weekend and enjoy the vibrant fall colors, because they’ll be gone sooner than you think. I will check in next week with Franklin County’s … 0

86 drug treatment beds coming to North Quabbin in Petersham

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

PETERSHAM — Athol Hospital’s parent company has bought land in Petersham and plans to open a 86-bed addiction and mental health treatment facility there as early as this summer. The number and type of treatment slots would be a significant addition to the treatment landscape near Franklin County, … 0

Tech school’s MCAS scores climbing back toward state average

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Superintendent Richard Martin said he was happy with the Franklin County Technical School’s growth in the last round of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System testing. English scores were the highest they have been back to 2006 … 0

‘One of Greenfield’s libraries’: Franklin County remembers public servant William B. Allen

Monday, October 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Longtime public servant William B. Allen died Saturday, and town officials and leaders say his passing is a big loss to the town, because he was one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable public servants they’ve … 0