Colrain

Letter: Take down bridge

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Here’s what I think about Heath Road Bridge in Colrain: Instead of spending money, year after year, repairing the first bridge on Heath Road, we should demolish it. That bridge stands over a very tiny, tiny brook, which enters the field above Heath Road. The Town of Colrain should ask the landowner for permission to flow that small amount of water the other way. A trench can be dug back … 0

Colrain backs Mohawk budget, ‘free’ preschool; Shelburne votes 'no' on its assessment

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Colrain voters said “yes” to the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s budget on Tuesday night, including additional costs for “free” half-day preschool and the school’s capital spending requests. Shelburne annual town meeting voters, however, followed town officials’ advice and rejected their town’s $2 million operating budget assessment. Shelburne had yet to vote on capital spending or a regional agreement change at press time. … 0

Colrain voters support Internet funding

Monday, May 4, 2015

COLRAIN — About 290 voters out of 1,139 came out Monday to elect town officials and support ballot questions for school capital projects and for townwide broadband. Selectman Mark A. Thibodeau won a third term on the Board of Selectmen. Besides Thibodeau, several other incumbents were returned to office, all for three-year terms. They are: Board of Assessors James Slowinski; Constable Melinda Herzig … 0

Letter: Unemployment numbers

Monday, March 30, 2015

The “official” unemployment rate in the United States ( headline figure), was 5.5 percent for February 2015. But the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics keeps track of other unemployment rate, another one being its “U-6” figure. The U-6 unemployment rate includes all who are counted as unemployed in … 0

He found gold on the slopes

Sunday, March 29, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The skiing season is almost over and Franklin County Technical School student Nicholas Saladino can look ahead to a summer of his brothers pushing him at the gym, then getting back to the slopes for … 0

Former Tech students shepherd video game app to market

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A small flock of sheep graze in their enclosure, placidly unaware of the lurking danger. The danger is wolves, an endless stream of small, animated wolves appearing at random from all points of the compass and loping rapidly … 0

Neighbors: Area wildlife needs our help

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Medicine Mammals in Wendell needs our help. The local Native American nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation center is hoping to raise money to help care for the orphaned and injured wild animals that made their way to the center this winter. Loril Moondream, wildlife rehabilitator and owner of … 0

Neighbors: Learn about volunteer opportunity with local support team

Monday, March 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. I want to tell you about a great group that’s been serving our community for several years. Community Crisis Support Team, a program of Clinical & Support Options, will host its annual free 15-hour new volunteer training on May 7, 12 and 14 from 4 to … 0

Shearly ewe jest

Sunday, March 22, 2015

COLRAIN — When I was invited to shear sheep at a local farm, I figured it would be easy as pie. When I pulled up to Winterberry Farm and saw traveling shearer Gwen Hinman shearing an upside-down sheep … 1

Town meetings next week

Friday, March 20, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Library Trustees: Monday 7 p.m. in Library. Bernardston Finance Committee: Monday 6:45 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of … 0

Neighbors: Use all of your senses to greet spring

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Happy spring everyone! It’s time to get out into the sun and enjoy — those cold, grey days are almost behind us. Yes, it will be a little muddy, but who cares after being holdup all winter? Temps are working their way into the 30s and … 0

Mohawk junior wins poetry prize

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

BUCKLAND — Sequoia LeBreux of Shelburne Falls, a junior at Mohawk Trail Regional High, has won the statewide Helen Creeley Student Poetry Prize and will read her winning poems at the childhood home of renowned poet Robert Creeley, … 0

Colrain broadband demo, meeting Friday

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

COLRAIN — Learn what high-speed Internet looks like, and what fiber-optic cable can do for a small town. The Colrain Broadband Committee is hosting an information meeting and demonstration Friday night at 6 p.m. at the Colrain Central School. According to the Colrain Broadband Committee: the WiredWest fiber-optic … 0