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3 Mohawk district towns seek assessment cuts

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BUCKLAND — A last-minute, 36 percent increase in state aid for busing for the Mohawk Trail Regional School District has prompted selectmen from three of the eight district towns to seek a share in the savings. Buckland, Shelburne and Colrain boards have all sent letters asking that the now-excess busing money they budgeted to pay Mohawk be eliminated in light of the “windfall” from the state, and the issue will … 0

Neighbors: Local woman up for Emmy Award

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hello neighbor. Our neighbors Ann and Gary Thomas of Greenfield can’t wait for Aug. 16, because that is when they will learn whether their daughter Sherry Thomas wins an Emmy Award with two other women for casting the hit television series “Breaking Bad.” Sherry, who grew up in Florence and lived in Greenfield … 0

Letter: Ukraine requires caution

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Ukraine requires caution The downing of MH 17 is, of course, a terrible tragedy with the taking of 298 lives leaving the families and friends of those killed in shock and deep morning, one cannot imagine a more horrible event. In a situation like these one must be extremely cautious in being to quick to come to a conclusion. Obama, with the media … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors making a difference

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. I thought you might like to hear about a few of our neighbors and their accomplishments today. First, Cindy Gonzalez and Amy Britt, both of Greenfield, along with Tammy-Lynn Chace of Orange and Kerri Bohonowicz, who works in Franklin County, are among this year’s Smith College … 0

Neighbors: Fireworks fun, but lots more to summer ahead

Monday, July 7, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Greenfield’s Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display did not disappoint on Saturday. I went to Beacon Field with grandson Justin around 7 p.m. The first thing we did was take a “choo-choo” train ride around the grounds. Just before that, I ran into Greenfield Recreation … 0

Mohawk to host 28 Chinese students for summer programs

Sunday, July 6, 2014

BUCKLAND — A group of 21 Chinese middle-school students and a second group of seven high school students will be getting their first taste of American education this month at the Mohawk Trail Regional School. Teacher Ivan Grail, a co-coordinator of the China summer program, said the younger … 0

National forest panel plans first meeting

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The next step toward creating a new kind of national forest in northern Franklin and Berkshire counties is in the works, with regional planners creating an advisory panel. The Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership Advisory Committee, composed of one selectmen’s representative from each of the region’s 20 towns, along … 0

West County Notebook

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Book discussion at Boswell’s at 6:30 SHELBURNE FALLS — Local radio talk show host, author and civil rights lawyer Bill Newman will appear at Boswell’s Books on Bridge Street to discuss his book, “When the War Came Home,” on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. His book touches on the … 0

Neighbors: Happy Fourth of July

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. Happy Fourth of July! I am working today, but hope you are all having a great time. It may be that as you read this the rain is falling hard — that was the forecast of the National Weather Service in Taunton — but that’s fine, … 0

County women lead Habitat for Humanity

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Two Franklin County women are the new leaders of Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity, a 20-year-old organization that helps build homes for low-income families. The local Habitat chapter Tuesday named Megan McDonough, 33, of Colrain, executive director of the organization that has built nearly three dozen affordable houses … 0

Letter: A missing thank you

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

We live in the computer age, but I think organizations such as historical societies should send thank you notes, especially to speakers who are not being paid. According to experts like Post, author of Etiquette, “It is inexcusable not to thank the donor of any gift.” In our … 0

Bus fare

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The state budget passed this week by the Legislature will give the county’s sprawling regional school districts a huge savings for school bus expenses by reimbursing 90 percent of the cost — the highest in decades. “It would … 0

Neighbors: Introduce yourself to your neighbors

Monday, June 30, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here I go again, thinking about what it means to be a neighbor. I remember a time when people knew their neighbors. They spoke with them, sat next to them in church, ran into them in the grocery store, talked over the hedges about their days … 0