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Colrain

Neighbors: Senior event promises opportunity

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Franklin County Sheriff’s TRIAD program, along with the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office and Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility in Greenfield, will sponsor the Senior Services Health and Safety Expo on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Schuetzen Verein on Barton Cove in Gill. Our neighbor Ray Zukowski said the event promises to give our seniors and their families an opportunity to learn what resources and … 0

Colrain seeks OK to raze ‘Blue Block’

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

COLRAIN — The Board of Selectmen wants to buy the vacant, decaying “Blue Block” apartment building at the intersection of Main and Jacksonville roads and demolish it, removing one more blighted building in what has been the traditional commercial center of the town. A special town meeting is scheduled for June 3, to … 0

Neighbors: Grandparents: Share your stories

Monday, May 25, 2015

Hello, neighbor Many times in my travels throughout the county, I am stopped by other grandparents who have read about my grandsons Justin, Owen and Travis. They thank me for sharing my stories every now and then, and then they share some of their own with me. Over and over, I hear about how much they are enjoying themselves and I have to … 0

Neighbors: Go to a local parade and support our veterans Monday

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. It originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in that … 0

Franklin County Memorial Day events

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ashfield The Memorial Day parade on Monday begins at 10 a.m. in front of Town Hall, proceeds to Plain Cemetery and to the Veterans Memorial and Civil War Memorial, then back to Town Hall. There will be featured … 0

Hike into the Catamount Hills of Colrain

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

COLRAIN — On Saturday Muriel Russell of the Deerfield River Watershed Association will lead one of her popular hikes in the Catamount Hills. Weather permitting, this woodland walk will pass a vernal pool with hatching frogs, salamanders and toads, a larger pond and a running brook. The wild … 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: Hillary and the 1 percent

Monday, May 18, 2015

As she speaks of toppling the 1 percent, those that have supported her financially are made up of the 1 percent. So, is Hillary really out to bite the hand that feeds her? You answer that one. Another dog-and-pony show for the masses, while the 1 percent hold … 1

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

Letter: Colrain’s poverty numbers

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

I would like to take issue with the poverty rate of 46 percent that Mary Parsons mentioned at the Colrain Annual Town Meeting. (“Colrain approves $2.4 million for high-speed Internet,” by Tom Relihan, May 6). She is suggesting that nearly half the town of Colrain is at or … 0

Letter: Stick to real issues

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Dave Granlund cartoon in May 4’s Recorder does a disservice to Bernie Sanders and to the real issues in the upcoming presidential election and to all of us. Who cares whether Bernie Sanders has switched parties or political alliances? What Bernie has never changed, since he was … 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

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