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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 other entity. “We have received little direction … 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

West County Notebook

Friday, November 20, 2015

Wheeler resigns from Shelburne pipeline panel SHELBURNE — Planning Board Chairman John Wheeler has resigned as the board’s delegate to the town’s Pipeline Advisory Committee, and selectmen will ask the Planning Board to select a replacement to represent their board. After accepting his resignation with much regret, Selectman Joseph Judd said Wheeler was an invaluable member who lead that group “through some really … 0

Tech school’s MCAS scores climbing back toward state average

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Superintendent Richard Martin said he was happy with the Franklin County Technical School’s growth in the last round of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System testing. English scores were the highest they have been back to 2006 … 0

Colrain’s black American history explored in talk

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

COLRAIN — “In Memory of Susan Freedom: Gravestones of African Americans in Western Massachusetts” will be the subject of a talk, with photographs, at the Thursday, Oct. 8, meeting of the Colrain Historical Society in the Stacy Barn behind the Pitt House on Main Road. From pre-Revolutionary days, … 0

‘One of Greenfield’s libraries’: Franklin County remembers public servant William B. Allen

Monday, October 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Longtime public servant William B. Allen died Saturday, and town officials and leaders say his passing is a big loss to the town, because he was one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable public servants they’ve … 0

Neighbors: Have fun at Celebrate the harvest Festival in Orange

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to celebrate fall — this wonderful time of year — head over to Orange on Sunday, where at 9 a.m. the Celebrate the Harvest Festival begins at the airport. There will be a car show, craft fair (you can start that holiday shopping), … 0

Letter: The Mohawk team

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Mohawk Trail School Regional School District recently elected me, Kirby (Lark) Thwing, as its new chair and Martha Thurber as vice chair. I replace Robert Aeschback, chair for the last 10 years, who has moved from the district. As I assume this post, I think it’s appropriate … 0

Mohawk pleased with MCAS results

Friday, October 2, 2015

BUCKLAND ­— Although the state isn’t releasing its statewide accountability data until late November, Superintendent of Schools Michael Buoniconti says the results of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test scores show encouraging student progress has been made. According … 0

Neighbors: Local organization head raises money for hungry

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Sept. 27, Andrew Morehouse, the executive editor of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, pedalled 100 miles through Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire to help end hunger in western Massachusetts. The food bank’s 5th annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event raised more than … 1

Neighbors: Great River Challenge to be held Sunday

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Great River Challenge Off-Road Triathlon will be held in Northfield on Sunday. Paddle, run trails and mountain bike. Doesn’t that sound like fun — and a lot of hard work? The triathlon was created to foster greater awareness of the upper Pioneer Valley and what … 0

Police pursuit policies assess risks in chases

Thursday, September 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — While fleeing a State Police cruiser Sept. 18, a sedan carrying four adults and two children went airborne off a highway exit ramp and rolled over multiple times, leaving occupants with what police called minor injuries. … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy autumn in New England

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hello neighbor. Autumn is here. What a wonderful time , especially in New England. So, don’t start worrying and obsessing about winter. Instead, take time to enjoy the present — the beautiful colors, the crispness of the air, the comfy, warm clothes you get to pull from your … 0