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Colrain

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 town-owned broadband network, which is expected to be completed by the end of June. Leverett already has at least 70 percent of … 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 proud to announce that the districts have been awarded generous grants from the Commonwealth to … 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 to attend ScoliSMART Scoliosis Boot Camp in Pennsylvania for two weeks beginning June 15 to … 0

Where the funding meets the road

Monday, April 6, 2015

With a six-year, $478 billion federal transportation bill released recently to help close an estimated $1 trillion gap in the nation’s highway and bridge infrastructure and improve rail and public transit, a Franklin County group is scheduling an informational meeting as part of a “Stand Up for Transportation … 2

Wipers on, lights on

Monday, April 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Today’s forecasted rain showers could put a new law to the test. Starting today, state law requires drivers to turn on their headlights whenever they need to use their windshield wipers, and whenever visibility is less than 500 feet. Previously, headlight use had been required from … 1

Neighbors: Turning pollution into art

Monday, April 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. Several months ago I told you the Connecticut River Watershed was looking for artists who would turn trash found in the watershed into art. Well, CRW found the artists and their art is on display now through May 27 at Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue … 0

Letter: Losing Rebecca Bounds

Friday, April 3, 2015

Colrain lost a good friend — and the county a stalwart citizen — in the recent passing of Rebecca Bounds. From the moment she and her husband Steve moved to Colrain from New York City in 1995, she made friends and began volunteering and contributing to the town’s … 0

Neighbors: Busy April ahead in Franklin County

Monday, March 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’ve got a lot to tell you about today, so I’m going to get right to it. Enjoy the week. According to the National Weather Service in Taunton, temperatures on Thursday and Friday are supposed to be in the 50s and 60s. Hello spring! ORANGE SENIOR … 0

Buckland raises money worries about Rowe-Mohawk union

Monday, March 30, 2015

BUCKLAND — If Rowe becomes the ninth member town of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District, will that addition reduce Mohawk’s state aid for education and state transportation a few years down the road? Last week, Buckland’s Board … 0

Letter: Unemployment numbers

Monday, March 30, 2015

The “official” unemployment rate in the United States ( headline figure), was 5.5 percent for February 2015. But the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics keeps track of other unemployment rate, another one being its “U-6” figure. The U-6 unemployment rate includes all who are counted as unemployed in … 0

He found gold on the slopes

Sunday, March 29, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The skiing season is almost over and Franklin County Technical School student Nicholas Saladino can look ahead to a summer of his brothers pushing him at the gym, then getting back to the slopes for … 0

Former Tech students shepherd video game app to market

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A small flock of sheep graze in their enclosure, placidly unaware of the lurking danger. The danger is wolves, an endless stream of small, animated wolves appearing at random from all points of the compass and loping rapidly … 0

Neighbors: Area wildlife needs our help

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Medicine Mammals in Wendell needs our help. The local Native American nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation center is hoping to raise money to help care for the orphaned and injured wild animals that made their way to the center this winter. Loril Moondream, wildlife rehabilitator and owner of … 0