Charlemont

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 if they have another grant-qualifying project for high-speed build-out. But how the $40 million is to be released is still “in flux,” … 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 of Assessors member James Slowinski, and Constable Melinda Herzig. Library Trustees Cheli Mennella and Cynthia … 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 to lose them. We have seen what is happening with our weather. Enough said. If … 0

Most Mohawk towns to see school costs rise

Monday, March 9, 2015

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District towns are being asked to contribute 5.7 percent more toward next school year’s budget. The $18.3 million budget represents a spending increase of 3.6 percent, although the towns are being asked for $549,261 more than this year. One cost increase … 0

Neighbors: Time for spring activities

Monday, March 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well folks, we’re finally getting a glimpse of spring and I, for one, am loving it. Temperatures are supposed to be in the 40s all of this week — almost reaching 50 on Wednesday — and it looks like the sun is going to shine most … 0

Medical Reserve Corps needs volunteers

Sunday, March 8, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Medical professionals and ordinary Joes alike are sought for an upcoming emergency response training. The Franklin Regional Council of Governments’ Medical Reserve Corps is looking for volunteers to help in emergencies. A training will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Hawlemont Regional … 0

Letter: Just crazy

Friday, March 6, 2015

Our Congress felt obliged to welcome Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to a joint session on how the U.S. should keep Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. Congress did not invite President Obama to rally them behind HIS strategy for achieving that very goal. The article … 2

Neighbors: Neighbors step up to help longtime disc jockey

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. There are more fundraisers ahead for longtime disc jockey Ryan Interlande, who needs a heart transplant, so you still have time to help him with his medical expenses. The 39-year-old Montague native, who has been providing many of our parties and events music for more than … 0

Mohawk gets musical with ‘Seussical’

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

BUCKLAND — Mix “Horton Hears a Who” with “The Cat in the Hat” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and what have you got? “Seussical the Musical.” This weekend, that’s the ticket at the Mohawk Trail Regional High … 0

‘I feel like I’ve been here a long time’

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

CHARLEMONT — After working as a Mohawk Trail Regional School teacher for eight years, Wayne Kermenski of Shelburne Falls has been hired as principal of the Hawlemont Regional School. “When you’re a teacher, you’re really concerned about your … 0

Agricultural plastics recycling program up and running

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Four Franklin County transfer stations now accept agricultural plastics free, according to the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District. The Waste Management District implemented the program with Massachusetts Community Innovation Challenge Grant and Mass. Department of Environmental Protection grant money. Franklin County farmers may drop off plastics at … 0

Pellet bag recycling program is heating up

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

According to program director Amy Donovan, the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District’s pellet bag recycling program is proving to be very popular at the thirteen municipal transfer stations offering the free program. Residents of Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Leverett, Montague, Northfield, Orange, Rowe, Shelburne, Warwick and … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Soup’s on at Chowder Fest CHARLEMONT — Get out your recipes for The Friends of the Charlemont Fairgrounds seventh annual Chowder Fest on March 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Berkshire East Ski Lodge. To enter chowder, complete an entry form by March 16 and mail … 0