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Neighbors: New book tells story of 1896 Trolley No. 10

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Over the past week, there’s been a lot of activity at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum at 14 Depot St. Visitors have been busy signing a copy of the “Little Yellow Trolley,” a book that follows the history of the 1896 Trolley No. 10. It was written by museum member Marie Bartlett. The book describes the early days … 0

Mohawk district, towns seek compromise on Buckland Shelburne Elementary repair costs

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

SHELBURNE — Shelburne officials and Mohawk Trail Regional School District are hundreds of thousands of dollars apart on how much to spend for repairs to their regional elementary school. The difference between Mohawk’s defeated $750,000 capital budget request this year for the Buckland Shelburne Elementary School and a Jones Whitsett Architects’ estimate of … 0

Neighbors: Community says “goodbye” to longtime service agency head

Monday, August 24, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Wednesday, The United Arc will say “bon voyage” to its executive director of 39 years. Ed Porter has performed a variety of roles in the position since 1976, helping the agency expand and adapt to the changing needs of our community over the years. Ed is leaving shortly after completing … 0

Weekly Town Meetings

Friday, August 21, 2015

Ashfield Selectboard: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Technology/Finance Committee/Selectboard: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Parks Commission: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Veterans Agent: Monday 9 a.m. in Town … 0

Neighbors: Remember the power your words have and use them wisely

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. I have lots to tell you about today. Before I go into what’s happening in the county, I’d like to tell you about an unsigned note I received from one of you fine folks, and then … 0

Letter: Sanders for change

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

I think many of us understand that to really have an effect on the present situation it has to come out of a grass-roots movement, Bernie Sanders is advocating that and has repeated it over and over: That this is not about him, but about us. I believe … 1

Paramedic earns national honor

Monday, August 17, 2015

COLRAIN — Matthew Wolkenbreit, a Colrain paramedic who founded a local continuing education program for first-responders, EMTs and paramedics, will receive a national “Educator of the Year Award” from the National Association of EMTs and from EMS World, … 0

Bad math? Colrain still questions WiredWest numbers

Friday, August 14, 2015

COLRAIN — While waiting for a Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) evaluation of its business plan, WiredWest might hire a national, independent consultant to vet its financial plans for building and operating a fiber optic network in 32 hilltowns — and making enough profit to pay off the bonds … 0

Neighbors: Our neighbors are in our thoughts

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. I told you a nice story the other day about a neighbor who was admitted to Baystate Franklin Medical Center with a respiratory infection, who ended up being diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. I’m sorry to … 0

Mohawk Regional School Committee chairman resigns

Thursday, August 13, 2015

BUCKLAND — After serving on the Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee for almost 12 years, Chairman Robert Aeschback of Plainfield announced that Wednesday’s school committee meeting was his last. “I will be moving from Plainfield to North Adams … 0

Letter: Save Colrain’s town common

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

According to The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, “Town commons lie at the heart of most Massachusetts communities. Situated where roads historically converged, meetinghouses sat, and commerce flourished, commons today are windows to the past.” The DCR did a study in which “it was discovered that a … 0

Letter: Serious threat

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Start taking the climate change threat seriously: This is beyond denial by a standard. Each state is still part of the USA and it is necessary that all, even if difficult financially (initially), we must pull together ... or we will have disappearing coastal regions and more and … 0

From China to Mohawk: New classrooms, new country for school district’s Chinese teacher

Monday, August 10, 2015

BUCKLAND — For a dozen years, Melody Chen has taught English to college students at the Yangtze University, near her home in southern China. But this year, Chen will be teaching Chinese to American students within the Mohawk … 0