Colrain

Welcoming winter’s arrival

Sunday, December 21, 2014

COLRAIN — How does a czar eat a potato? It’s fired from a cannon through a wall of butter and into his mouth, of course. At least, that’s what storyteller Yosl Kurland told his audience at the Winter Solstice Celebration at The Round House in Colrain Saturday night. According to the traditional Yiddish story and folk song that Kurland performed during the event, a golden crown perched atop his head to help him assume the role of a Russian ruler, czars also go to sleep by being thrown into a room full of feathers while his soldiers stand outside and shout at passersby all through … 0

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 … 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

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

Neighbors: Local 2015 calendars offer variety

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hello, neighbor. It’s that time of year — 2015 calendars are here and it’s time for you to decide what you’d like hanging on your wall for 12 months. If you are interested in local history, trains or … 0

Letter: No way to go

Monday, October 20, 2014

I must take issue with the assertion in your editorial of Oct. 15 that indexing the gasoline tax to inflation amounts to “taxation without representation.” Are you arguing that the sales tax is “taxation without representation?” Is the income tax “taxation without representation?” You don’t seem to be … 0

Transportation ‘windfall:’ Mohawk proposes revolving fund

Friday, October 17, 2014

BUCKLAND — With the state paying 90 percent — instead of 60 percent — of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s $750,000 reimbursable school bus costs this year, four member towns have asked Mohawk to refund part of their school assessments that were based on the lower estimate … 0

Neighbors: Flash: Lobster pierogi make debut at Turners Falls Pumpkinfest

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Lots to tell you about today, so I’m going to get right to it. I’m heading to the Franklin County Pumpkinfest on Avenue A in Turners Falls with grandson Justin and his mommy (Suzanne) later on … 0

Buoniconti still head of Mohawk, Hawlemont schools

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BUCKLAND — Michael Buoniconti will not be the next superintendent of the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District, but will continue his job this school year as superintendent of both the Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont regional school districts. Although Buoniconti was one of two finalists for the two-town regional … 0

Mohawk schools MCAS scores climb

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BUCKLAND — With two elementary schools clearly ranked as “Level 1” and its high school and another elementary hovering between Level 1 and Level 2, the Mohawk Trail Regional School system has made improvements on its 2014 MCAS scores. “At (Buckland Shelburne Elementary), our improvement has been extraordinary,” … 0

Letter: Competing visions

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I attended the Center Village Master Planning meeting held Sept. 28, with the Franklin Regional Council of Governments presiding. I did NOT have their report to read before the meeting. (FRCOG held a visioning session on June 30, 2013, 20 people attended.) The FRCOG Center Village Master Plan … 1

Letter: Israeli land theft

Sunday, October 12, 2014

U.S. security is endangered by continued support for Israeli land theft. According to the Associated Press and other international news agencies, over 1,000 new illegal homes have been constructed on Palestinian land during the last few months. This has occurred with no objections from the U.S., yet the … 0

Study shows benefits if Rowe joins Mohawk school district

Friday, October 10, 2014

BUCKLAND — If Rowe joins the Mohawk Trail Regional School District as a Grade 7-12 member town, assessments for Mohawk’s eight towns would collectively drop by about $94,500, according to assessment projections reported this week by Mohawk Superintendent Michael Buoniconti. But for Rowe, the picture is more complicated: … 0