Colrain

Neighbors: Take advantage of technology, but don’t let it rule you

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. I just wanted to finish what I started on Tuesday, if you don’t mind. I seem to be on my soapbox this week, so please bear with me. I guess I’m just filled with the joy of the season and want to share it with you. I’d like to remind you of something else — I talked about volunteering, doing something unexpected for your neighbor and being kind … 0

Colrain’s Roundhouse Solstice storytelling, song celebration on Saturday

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

COLRAIN — For 33 years, a band of local storytellers has been coming to Colrain’s Roundhouse to mark the winter solstice with a “Winter Storytelling and Songfest Celebration.” This year’s community gathering and celebration takes place on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the Roundhouse at 68 Van Nuys Road. At a time of winter’s greatest darkness, the performers share stories and songs “that … 0

Mohawk school bus cameras to have audio, too

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

BUCKLAND — Mohawk Trail Regional School District school buses are already equipped with security cameras that record daily trips and any incidents that happen on the bus. But in a time of dwindling privacy, the Mohawk Trail School Committee reluctantly agreed to allow recording sounds as well as sights on the bus. When F.M. Kuzmeskus Bus Co. officials first asked Superintendent Michael Buoniconti … 0

Neighbors: It doesn’t take much to help feed our hungry

Monday, November 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was visiting with 2-year-old twin grandsons Owen and Travis the other night while daughter Christina went running — she didn’t get her passion for strenuous exercise from me — and as I watched them eat their chicken, rice, squash, yogurt and applesauce with reckless abandon, … 0

Letter: Give him his due

Friday, November 7, 2014

I couldn’t agree more with Becca Byram-Wigfield when she writes of Ed Weirzbowski’s initiative to buy, renovate and “make something” of the Arts Block and the Pushkin buildings in downtown Greenfield (“Sad lack of support,” Nov. 3). I don’t know the particulars of Ed’s experience in doing this … 0

Neighbors: Crafts of Colrain self-guided studio tour this weekend

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hello, neighbor. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, why not head to Colrain for its annual Crafts of Colrain self-guided studio tour? Colrain is one of the county’s gems. Tucked in the hills, the town … 0

Crafts of Colrain offers glimpse into artisans’ lives

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

COLRAIN — Take one last scenic fall road trip this weekend and view the studios of 16 artists and artisans in this year’s “Crafts of Colrain,” Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This self-guided tour … 0

Neighbors: Quabbin featured in new book and 2015 calendar

Monday, November 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor J.R. Greene of Athol has just released his 20th book about the Quabbin, “B.V. Brook’s Pre-Quabbin Art, Photos & Postcards,” complete with footnotes and illustrations. It is filled with former Greenwich resident Burt V. Brooks’ photographs, paintings and postcards of three of the Quabbin’s … 0

West County Notebook

Friday, October 31, 2014

Craft fair today HEATH — A holiday craft fair takes place today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Senior Center, lower level of Community Hall, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Start your Christmas/holiday shopping early. The fair features crafts, dolls, handmade rugs, a Ladies Aid … 0

Letter: Educational ed

Friday, October 31, 2014

The regulation of environmental education in public schools is a topic of much debate. I believe that in order to significantly improve Massachusetts public school education, more environmental education should be required in the Massachusetts curriculum frameworks. As someone born the West County, my views on the environment … 0

Neighbors: Beloved former teacher still going strong at 88

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hello neighbors. For those of you who graduated from Turners Falls High School and remember with great respect and admiration your former history teacher, George F. Bush — no, not one of our former presidents — try to get your hands on a copy of the Oct. 27 … 0

Letter: Real choices to make

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

During this summer and fall I have been involved I have been involved in many social and environmental activities in the Greenfield area. Unfortunately we often hear so much about things like the Islamic State and Ebola that we forget to get involved in opportunities to improve our … 0

Neighbors: Safe Halloween fun planned for all on Friday

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here we are, just three days to Halloween — you know, when all those little ghosts, goblins and superheroes roam our streets with their parents in search of treats. A few of our towns will have … 0