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Video: Yankee Doodle Days 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Yankee Doodle must have been one fun-lovin’ dude because fun rules Yankee Doodle Days in Charlemont, with live music, the traditional horse pull, a kiddie tractor pull, some anxious moments during the professional knife throwing display (don’t try this at home), fair food, capped off by a demo derby and fireworks. Enjoy some of the sights and sounds by watching … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor to raise money for animals

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. One of our younger neighbors, 11-year-old Miracle Leyro, is organizing a walk through the downtown Greenfield area this Saturday with a group of her friends. The youngsters plan to raise money for Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society. Miracle’s mother Diana Nunez told me that Miracle plans to walk along Main and Federal streets, as well as some of the side streets, … 0

‘Fly-one’ on for Trout Unlimited this weekend

Thursday, July 24, 2014

CHARLEMONT — How many trout can you catch with just one type of fly? Last year, it was Brian Lynch and his “Olive Wooly Bugger” that won Trout Unlimited’s “One Fly Contest,” catching 30 trout in the Deerfield River. This year’s One Fly Contest takes place Saturday and Sunday, with registration at the … 0

Voter turnout low for Charlemont

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Perhaps the lack of contests — or even candidates to fill all the town offices — were factors in the low turnout for the town’s annual election. But all incumbents whose names were on the ballot were easily re-elected by the 121 voters who came to … 0

Charlemont to hire TA, keep appointed town clerk

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

CHARLEMONT — In the first night of a two-part annual town meeting, voters OK’d a $2.89 million operating budget, which provides money for Hawlemont and Mohawk school increases, training and equipment for the fire department, and $30,000 for six months’ salary for a town administrator to oversee the … 0

Neighbors: Deerfield Elementary School second-graders helping the hungry

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Dawn Kempf of Greenfield, who teaches second grade at Deerfield Elementary School, has been working with her class and the other two second-grade classes — about 60 students — for the past three years to create jewelry, which is sold to other students, as … 0

Charlemont mulls zoning bylaws, recall elections

Sunday, May 25, 2014

CHARLEMONT — “Village center” zoning bylaw changes, the town budget, and going back to an elected town clerk are all on the table at Charlemont’s annual town meeting on Tuesday. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the … 0

Open seats, no contests on Charlemont election ballot

Thursday, May 22, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Barring any major campaigning by write-in candidates, voters will see familiar names on the election ballot, along with open seats on Tuesday annual town election. The polls, located at the Hawlemont Regional School, are open from noon to 7 p.m. — just before the start of … 0

Neighbors: Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Hello neighbor. Well, here we are — Memorial Day weekend already. The federal holiday started as a way to remember and honor the men and women who died while serving their country. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the Civil War to commemorate Union and Confederate … 0

Academy at Charlemont 5K race to aid NELCWIT

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

CHARLEMONT — The Academy at Charlemont Community Service Council, with the New England Learning Center for Women in Transition, will host a 5K road race and a fun run on the Academy campus this Saturday. Both races start at 11 a.m., with registration beginning at 10:30. The Fun … 0

West County Notebook

Monday, May 19, 2014

Arms roof project to benefit from tag sale Sunday SHELBURNE FALLS — The Arms Library is looking for goods and volunteer help for its next fundraiser — a tag sale — on behalf of the “Put a Roof … 0

Neighbors: Area residents’ accomplishments impressive

Monday, May 19, 2014

Hello neighbor. As I was saying last week, we have a lot of talented neighbors here in Franklin County. I have a few events I want to share with you today, but you will also read about several … 0

Bonefrog Challenge

Sunday, May 18, 2014