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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

Buckland voters back Mohawk budget

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

BUCKLAND — By a 65-48 paper ballot vote, Buckland annual town meeting voters approved a $1.9 million Mohawk Trail Regional School District operating assessment, which includes the town’s share of new costs for the district’s free half-day preschool. This gives Mohawk eight out of the 10 weighted votes … 0

Colrain approves $2.4 million for high-speed Internet

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

COLRAIN — Voters in Colrain have approved raising $2.4 million to pay for the town’s share of a high-speed broadband network. The decision followed about an hour of impassioned debate at annual town meeting this week, with opponents taking a stand against using tax dollars to pay for … 0

Letter: Take down bridge

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Here’s what I think about Heath Road Bridge in Colrain: Instead of spending money, year after year, repairing the first bridge on Heath Road, we should demolish it. That bridge stands over a very tiny, tiny brook, which enters the field above Heath Road. The Town of Colrain … 0

Colrain backs Mohawk budget, ‘free’ preschool; Shelburne votes 'no' on its assessment

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Colrain voters said “yes” to the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s budget on Tuesday night, including additional costs for “free” half-day preschool and the school’s capital spending requests. Shelburne annual town meeting voters, however, followed town officials’ advice and rejected their town’s $2 million operating budget assessment. Shelburne … 0

Colrain voters support Internet funding

Monday, May 4, 2015

COLRAIN — About 290 voters out of 1,139 came out Monday to elect town officials and support ballot questions for school capital projects and for townwide broadband. Selectman Mark A. Thibodeau won a third term on the Board of Selectmen. Besides Thibodeau, several other incumbents were returned to … 0

Neighbors: Another chance to help a neighbor in need

Monday, May 4, 2015

Hello, neighbor. First, I would like to send out a “very happy birthday” to grandson Justin’s beautiful mommy Suzanne. There’s going be a benefit golf tournament with shotgun start for longtime local disc jockey Ryan Interlande, who needs a heart transplant, at Thomas Memorial Golf and Country Club … 0

Colrain eyes broadband options Tuesday

Sunday, May 3, 2015

COLRAIN — Although Colrain is one of WiredWest’s “unserved towns” seeking high-speed Internet, Selectmen this week heard how a private Internet Service Provider — Crocker Communications Inc. — could help the town achieve its goal of a last-mile Broadband network. Crocker is now providing Internet service for Leverett’s … 0

Heath, Hawlemont get $355K in renewable energy grants

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Hawlemont Regional and Heath Elementary schools will receive a combined $355,375 in state grant money to replace their old oil heating systems to highly efficient wood-pellet, biomass boilers that will save both schools thousands of dollars per year in heating bills. “Both Mohawk and Hawlemont are very … 0

Neighbors: Time to help another young neighbor in need

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Another young neighbor and her family need our help. Five-year-old Langston Mackenzie Secore needs a non invasive treatment for her scoliosis, which she was diagnosed with at Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield. The treatment is meant to prevent or delay more invasive surgery. She’s supposed … 0

Yankee Magazine names three local businesses ‘best’ of New England

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Blueberry doughnuts, Polish food and tubing down the Deerfield River have all been recognized this year by Yankee Magazine as being the “best” in New England. The magazine’s editors said “the moist, slightly crumbly blueberry doughnut represents the … 0