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

Neighbors: Have fun at Celebrate the harvest Festival in Orange

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to celebrate fall — this wonderful time of year — head over to Orange on Sunday, where at 9 a.m. the Celebrate the Harvest Festival begins at the airport. There will be a car show, craft fair (you can start that holiday shopping), … 0

Letter: The Mohawk team

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Mohawk Trail School Regional School District recently elected me, Kirby (Lark) Thwing, as its new chair and Martha Thurber as vice chair. I replace Robert Aeschback, chair for the last 10 years, who has moved from the district. As I assume this post, I think it’s appropriate … 0

Mohawk pleased with MCAS results

Friday, October 2, 2015

BUCKLAND ­— Although the state isn’t releasing its statewide accountability data until late November, Superintendent of Schools Michael Buoniconti says the results of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test scores show encouraging student progress has been made. According … 0

Charlemont Inn headed to housing court over town’s repair order

Friday, October 2, 2015

CHARLEMONT — After waiting for the owners to make significant repairs to the deteriorating Charlemont Inn, the Board of Health is going to court to enforce its repair orders before the historic 18th-century building falls apart. The board … 0

Neighbors: Local organization head raises money for hungry

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Sept. 27, Andrew Morehouse, the executive editor of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, pedalled 100 miles through Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire to help end hunger in western Massachusetts. The food bank’s 5th annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event raised more than … 1

Taylor’s Fort dig site tour Saturday

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

CHARLEMONT — On Saturday, the public may visit the archaeological site of Taylor’s Fort, which was in use by settlers from 1754 to 1763, when Charlemont was truly a western “frontier.” This archaeological site is located on the grounds of the Hall Tavern Farm, on Route 2, about … 0

Neighbors: Great River Challenge to be held Sunday

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Great River Challenge Off-Road Triathlon will be held in Northfield on Sunday. Paddle, run trails and mountain bike. Doesn’t that sound like fun — and a lot of hard work? The triathlon was created to foster greater awareness of the upper Pioneer Valley and what … 0

Letter: My Turn’s message

Sunday, September 27, 2015

On Sept. 15, The Recorder printed a “My Turn” column by Rodney Madison. I thank The Recorder for printing it, and I thank Mr. Madison for writing it. Even more, I thank him for taking the bold and courageous step of showing up at the Three County Fair … 0

Police pursuit policies assess risks in chases

Thursday, September 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — While fleeing a State Police cruiser Sept. 18, a sedan carrying four adults and two children went airborne off a highway exit ramp and rolled over multiple times, leaving occupants with what police called minor injuries. … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy autumn in New England

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hello neighbor. Autumn is here. What a wonderful time , especially in New England. So, don’t start worrying and obsessing about winter. Instead, take time to enjoy the present — the beautiful colors, the crispness of the air, the comfy, warm clothes you get to pull from your … 0