Neighbors: ’Tis the season of giving

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Diggity Dogs Service Dogs, a nonprofit in Shelburne Falls, will tour the valley today to thank the community for another year of support. Diggity Dogs will also be raising awareness for #GivingTuesday, which is today. Following two of the biggest shopping days of the year — Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a global movement of generosity, which began in 2012. New York’s 92nd Street Y partnered … 0

Colrain board has questions on broadband network plans

Thursday, November 26, 2015

COLRAIN — The Board of Selectmen has turned to its legislators for help in navigating the channels of information coming from both WiredWest, the municipal collective trying to build a regional “last-mile” fiber-optic broadband network, and the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, which holds the purse-strings to grant money for such a network — regardless of whether it is built by WiredWest or by some … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the … 0

Permit sought to open Colrain store, gas station

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

COLRAIN — A family is hoping to breathe new life into the long-closed “SuperGas” store and gas station at 113 Main Road, and is seeking a special permit to reopen the business as Catamount Country Store. The Zoning … 0

Neighbors: Human Error’s Greenfield Word Fest no mistake

Monday, October 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Human Error Publishing will present its sixth Greenfield Annual Word Festival starting today and running through Sunday — six days of WORDS in downtown Greenfield. Awesome! Along with authors and poets reading their works all week, there will be an ongoing book fair. The Arts Block … 0

‘Clean Sweep’ waste collection day Saturday

Monday, October 19, 2015

Been wanting to get rid that bulky trash not normally accepted at your trash transfer station? The Franklin County Solid Waste District is holding its fall “Clean Sweep” bulky waste collection on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon. The three drop-off sites are: the Buckland Recreation … 0

Neighbors: Montague’s K-9 Artie needs a new ride

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. K-9 Artie, whose real name is Arthur, and his partner, Montague police officer James Ruddock, need a new ride and they’re asking us to help. Montague Police Department will hold a tailgate party to raise money for a new cruiser that will accommodate a four-legged officer. … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Mohawk family night offers website tutorials, college aid info BUCKLAND — Want to learn how to get the most out of Google, Microsoft Word or Excel? Need help with financial aid for college? Mohawk Trail Regional High School will host an evening called “Family Educational Opportunities” on Oct. … 0

10th adult spelling bee seeks teams

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

BUCKLAND — Want to sit for a spell? Community spelling teams that want to match their wits against others have until Nov. 1 to register in time for the 10th annual Mary Lyon Community Spelling Bee, which takes … 0

Neighbors: Neighbor receives award for military service

Monday, October 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Congratulations to our neighbor Tom Williams of Shelburne, who recently received the National Guard Legion of Merit award for outstanding service. Tom served in the military for 42 years. It took more than a year for … 0

On the high wire: Major utility line project underway in the region

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Even as work crews begin wrapping up a 2.8-mile stretch of an Eversource transmission line in Greenfield, Montague and Deerfield, replacing lattice poles with double-circuit monopoles, the utility has begun other major line work around the region and … 0

Neighbors: Lots going on in the county, so enjoy!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hello neighbor. There is way too much to tell you about today, so I’m just going to get right to it. Have a great weekend and enjoy the vibrant fall colors, because they’ll be gone sooner than you think. I will check in next week with Franklin County’s … 0

86 drug treatment beds coming to North Quabbin in Petersham

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

PETERSHAM — Athol Hospital’s parent company has bought land in Petersham and plans to open a 86-bed addiction and mental health treatment facility there as early as this summer. The number and type of treatment slots would be a significant addition to the treatment landscape near Franklin County, … 0