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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 see if residents support the plan and … 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

Neighbors: Go to a local parade and support our veterans Monday

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. It originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in that war, but by the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans … 0

House doesn’t act on helping SNAP recipients

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Legislature did not act on a proposed amendment to help food stamp recipients hurt by a recent bureaucratic change. However, anti-hunger and anti-poverty advocates say the Baker administration has indicated it is willing to look at the problem caused by the recent modernization changes in … 0

Broadband, free preschool on Colrain annual meeting agenda

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

COLRAIN — Will annual town meeting voters exempt from the Proposition 2 1/ 2 tax levy limit the estimated $2.4 million build-out cost of broadband? That’s one of 52 articles to be addressed at Tuesday’s annual town meeting, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Colrain Central School. Both … 0

Colrain election Monday

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

COLRAIN — Selectman Mark A. Thibodeau is seeking re-election for this third term in Monday’s annual town election. Voting will place from noon to 8 p.m. in the Colrain Community Church, 306 Main Road. Besides Thibodeau, several other incuments are running unopposed for re-election to three-year seats. They … 0

Neighbors: Celebration of birthdays dates back thousands of years

Monday, April 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, I am another year older today. Birthdays have been celebrated for thousands of years, and it seems people are still arguing about the origin of the tradition. I did a little research and found a few interesting facts. It seems scholars have found reference of … 0

Letter: FDR’s tax push

Friday, April 24, 2015

History on the progressive side praises almost without end FDR’s accomplishments in implementing social programs. It is possible that he would not have done it if the labor movement leaders had not made him realize the political reality if he did not. The story goes that the labor … 1

Hilltown officials puzzle over broadband costs

Thursday, April 23, 2015

ASHFIELD — According to the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, the towns without high-speed Internet have at least through June 2016 to apply for their share of a $40 million pool of state money to extend Internet service — and they don’t have to be part of the WiredWest collaborative … 0

Neighbors: French musical at Arts Block

Monday, April 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’re looking for something fun to do next weekend, or the following one, head to the Arts Block on Main Street in Greenfield for the French musical, “Irma la Douce,” which will be performed by Arena Civic Theatre on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday … 0

Mohawk towns wrangle over free preschool proposal

Sunday, April 19, 2015

ASHFIELD — West County towns are debating whether to offer “free” preschool next year — paid for through tax dollars rather than by parents of individual preschoolers, whose children don’t qualify for free preschool services for special needs. Unlike other Mohawk Trail Regional School District elementary schools, Sanderson … 0

Tech students capture honors in statewide competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Twenty-six students from FCTS competed against 350 students in about 20 events March 7 through 9 in Framingham and Upton. Emmett Boyd of Northfield, Kyle … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Library talk Sunday SHELBURNE FALLS — Female genital mutilation (FGM), the practice of removing parts of the female genitalia for nonmedical reasons, will be the topic of a discussion Sunday, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Arms Library. “FGM affects women all around the world, including more … 0