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Neighbors: Falling into Franklin County Fair season

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hello neighbor. This weekend was the unofficial start to fall and we all know what that means. Yes, the days are getting shorter and soon temperatures will begin to drop — I’m not even going to mention the white stuff, yet. But fall also means the Franklin County Fair, lots of fun festivals, crispy apples and hot cider with cinnamon and a welcomed change in the color palette of our … 0

Neighbors: Local teens attend two-week craft program

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hello, neighbors. Two of our younger neighbors participated in a two-week craft program in Williamsburg this year and, I’m told, had a lot of fun doing so. Fourteen-year-old James Simpson and 15-year-old Henry Walker-West, both of Shelburne Falls, spent two weeks at Snow Farm Summer, a program of The New England Craft Program. James, the son of nationally known glassblower Josh Simpson and … 0

Mohawk teacher learns from China trip

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BUCKLAND — At Mohawk Trail Regional School, Kathleen Stier is a highly regarded science teacher. But in Harbin, China, she was a celebrity. This month, Stier taught 20 biology teachers at a weeklong summer workshop on how to teach Advanced Placement biology courses to their American-bound students. “I was unprepared for the welcome … 0

Mohawk teacher heads to China

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

BUCKLAND — Mohawk Trail Regional School science teacher Kathleen Stier will spend the last week of her summer in China instructing 20 educators on how to teach western-style Advanced Placement Biology courses to Chinese high school students. Stier … 0

Colrain waits to see if sewer grant is in pipeline

Monday, August 11, 2014

COLRAIN — Whether it’s called “Main Road” on the southern end or “Jacksonville Road” to the north, Route 112 through Colrain Center is a major scenic highway heavily traveled by tourists between Franklin County and Vermont. “There’s a lot of tourist activity coming in on the road,” remarked … 0

Neighbors: Supermoon dazzles in Franklin County’s summer sky

Monday, August 11, 2014

Hello neighbor. If you missed the “supermoon” this past weekend — it was the largest full moon of 2014 — you’ll have one last chance to see one in September. The term “supermoon” came from astrologer Richard Nolle … 0

Letter: Colrain Center musings

Monday, August 11, 2014

Years ago, Colrain Center was prosperous. Both churches were sanctuaries, people shopped locally, walking place to place, so two stores were busy, too. Also, the houses were large, which provided space for family businesses. Times change! People shop Wal-Mart! Recently, someone said, “The town center isn’t attracting people.” … 0

Neighbors: Give blood

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hello neighbor. I recently read about how a propane company in Dedham and the American Red Cross partnered to collect more than 750 blood donations throughout the state this summer. I didn’t realize that one blood donation could potentially help save the lives of up to three people. … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Friday is deadline to sign up to vote in Colrain COLRAIN — The last day to register to vote in time for the next special town election is Friday, and Town Clerk Robin Hartnett will hold special voter registration hours that day from 2 to 4 p.m. and … 0

First ‘Samplepalooza’ to test Connecticut River health stem to stern

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — Just how pollutant-free is the Connecticut River, from the top of Vermont to the Long Island Sound? A group of agencies will be pooling their efforts today to collect data on nitrogen and phosphorous content, along with other algae-growing nutrients, during a one-day water-testing event they’re … 0

Letter: The Hero or the Villain?

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Certainly one of the best articles I have read recently on a tragic mistake that was made 66 years ago, is one by Rashid Khalidim entitled “Collective Punishment in Gaza.” He makes the argument that the Palestinians have suffered almost unspeakable horrors (for the creation of the state … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor’s selfless act

Monday, August 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. I want to tell you about one of our younger neighbors today and the good deeds she is doing for our larger community. I hope her story inspires you as it has me. Catherine Bezio recently … 0

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 … 0