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Rain delay: Berkshire East’s Thunder Mountain Bike Park to open Thursday

Monday, June 29, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Berkshire East this week formally opens its newest offering into the recreational sports arena, an extensive lift-serviced downhill mountain bike park. The park was originally slated to open Wednesday, July 1, but has delayed the opening by one day due to expected rain and the possibility of thunderstorms. The bike park plans to open Thursday, July 2. The … 0

Neighbors: Be kind

Monday, June 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. About once a year I feel compelled to remind myself and others to be good neighbors. I don’t necessarily mean “neighbor” in the literal sense. What I mean is that we all should be kind to everyone. Those who aren’t can never truly be happy themselves. Get out and talk with the people who live in your neighborhood and your community. … 0

Neighbors: Adopt an adult cat for $5 this weekend

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again, folks! Dakin Humane Society is offering its $5 cat adoption for select adult cats on Saturday and Sunday. This weekend only, you can adopt an adult cat for only $5 at both the Springfield and Leverett adoption centers from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. each day. The 40 cats up for adoption are those who, for a variety … 0

Neighbors: Back in Franklin County

Monday, May 18, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m back! What a lovely week we had on the water and in Bermuda. The weather was perfect and we got to see a dolphin and a whale show on the way home. I learned early on in the trip that it really is a small … 0

Letter: My candidacy

Sunday, May 17, 2015

My name is Sarah Reynolds and I am running for Charlemont selectman on May 26 (voting is all day until 7 p.m. at Hawlemont school), I am doing so because I believe I can listen well to the town’s residents. I am a firm believer that an elected … 0

Mohawk Trail Concert co-founder Ruth Black dies

Friday, May 15, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Ruth Black, co-founder of the Mohawk Trail Concert Series, died earlier this month, at the age of 87. Ruth and Arnold Black founded the Mohawk Trail Concert Series in 1969, bringing many renowned musicians to the … 0

West County Notebook

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Fishing derby in Charlemont CHARLEMONT — Come to the Deerfield River this Saturday for a Kids’ Free Fishing Derby from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The derby will take place behind The Great Outdoors, 78 Main St. All ages are welcome. The event is sponsored by Doug Johnson … 0

Mass. energy officials at Hawlemont today

Thursday, May 14, 2015

CHARLEMONT — John Lebeaux, state commissioner of agricultural resources, will be at the Hawlemont Regional School this morning, to speak at a tree-planting at the school. He will be accompanied by Matthew Beaton, secretary of energy and environmental affairs. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 11 … 0

State OKs Eversource’s lower summer rates

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The state has approved Eversource electric rates for the summer months. On July 1, the Basic Service supply price for all residential Eversource customers in western Massachusetts will drop by about 31 percent, from 14.228 cents for the cold weather months to 9.767 cents per kilowatt-hour. Customers using … 0

Buckland-Shelburne Elementary climbs from a ‘lowest-’ to a ‘highest-performing’ school

Monday, May 11, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — In 2011, the Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School MCAS scores caused the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to declare BSE a “Level 3” school, which meant it was among the lowest-performing 20 percent of schools … 0

West County Notebook

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hawlemont open house celebration CHARLEMONT — Hawlemont Regional School hosts its first Agricultural Celebration tonight from 4 to 7 p.m. to showcase its agricultural projects, lessons, 4-H clubs and new livestock. Student exhibits, a plant sale of Hawlemont-grown items, cow paddy bingo, a craft sale, school tours and … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors will return May 19

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hello neighbor. Neighbors will not be back until May 19. I am headed this morning with my friend Diane Poirier on a cruise to Bermuda. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I can’t imagine we’ll have anything but a great time. See you when I return. … 0

No easy answers for Charlemont Ambulance certification

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

CHARLEMONT — While the three-town Charlemont Ambulance Department is in danger of having its certification pulled at the end of the month, officials say the problem isn’t in the ambulance service itself. It’s not in Charlemont, Hawley or … 0