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Neighbors: Green River Festival around the corner

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again — the countdown is just seven days. The Green River Festival will be held July 10, 11 and 12 at Greenfield Community College, and there are a limited number of tickets left, so you’d better hurry. The 2015 lineup includes lots of return musicians and a few first-timers. I’ve attended several times, a couple … 0

Mother, teen rescued from Green River

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — A mother and her 14-year-old child were rescued late Wednesday afternoon when they became trapped in a wooded area in the Green River in Colrain. Greenfield Fire Lt. Peter McIver said the mother and her five children, who live in Greenfield, went swimming Wednesday afternoon and the 14-year-old got caught in a strong current and was pulled down the river. McIver … 0

Neighbors: Be kind

Monday, June 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. About once a year I feel compelled to remind myself and others to be good neighbors. I don’t necessarily mean “neighbor” in the literal sense. What I mean is that we all should be kind to everyone. Those who aren’t can never truly be happy themselves. Get out and talk with the people who live in your neighborhood and your community. … 0

Neighbors: Another chance to help a neighbor in need

Monday, May 4, 2015

Hello, neighbor. First, I would like to send out a “very happy birthday” to grandson Justin’s beautiful mommy Suzanne. There’s going be a benefit golf tournament with shotgun start for longtime local disc jockey Ryan Interlande, who needs a heart transplant, at Thomas Memorial Golf and Country Club … 0

Colrain eyes broadband options Tuesday

Sunday, May 3, 2015

COLRAIN — Although Colrain is one of WiredWest’s “unserved towns” seeking high-speed Internet, Selectmen this week heard how a private Internet Service Provider — Crocker Communications Inc. — could help the town achieve its goal of a last-mile Broadband network. Crocker is now providing Internet service for Leverett’s … 0

Heath, Hawlemont get $355K in renewable energy grants

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Hawlemont Regional and Heath Elementary schools will receive a combined $355,375 in state grant money to replace their old oil heating systems to highly efficient wood-pellet, biomass boilers that will save both schools thousands of dollars per year in heating bills. “Both Mohawk and Hawlemont are very … 0

Neighbors: Time to help another young neighbor in need

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Another young neighbor and her family need our help. Five-year-old Langston Mackenzie Secore needs a non invasive treatment for her scoliosis, which she was diagnosed with at Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield. The treatment is meant to prevent or delay more invasive surgery. She’s supposed … 0

Yankee Magazine names three local businesses ‘best’ of New England

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Blueberry doughnuts, Polish food and tubing down the Deerfield River have all been recognized this year by Yankee Magazine as being the “best” in New England. The magazine’s editors said “the moist, slightly crumbly blueberry doughnut represents the … 0

Proposal for Rowe to join Mohawk dropped for now

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

BUCKLAND — Rowe may some day rejoin the Mohawk Trail Regional School District, but it won’t be next year. Acting on recommendations from Mohawk and Rowe’s lawyer Russell Dupere, and concerns raised by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Mohawk school board voted unanimously this … 0

House doesn’t act on helping SNAP recipients

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Legislature did not act on a proposed amendment to help food stamp recipients hurt by a recent bureaucratic change. However, anti-hunger and anti-poverty advocates say the Baker administration has indicated it is willing to look at the problem caused by the recent modernization changes in … 0

Broadband, free preschool on Colrain annual meeting agenda

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

COLRAIN — Will annual town meeting voters exempt from the Proposition 2 1/ 2 tax levy limit the estimated $2.4 million build-out cost of broadband? That’s one of 52 articles to be addressed at Tuesday’s annual town meeting, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Colrain Central School. Both … 0

Colrain election Monday

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

COLRAIN — Selectman Mark A. Thibodeau is seeking re-election for this third term in Monday’s annual town election. Voting will place from noon to 8 p.m. in the Colrain Community Church, 306 Main Road. Besides Thibodeau, several other incuments are running unopposed for re-election to three-year seats. They … 0

Neighbors: Celebration of birthdays dates back thousands of years

Monday, April 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, I am another year older today. Birthdays have been celebrated for thousands of years, and it seems people are still arguing about the origin of the tradition. I did a little research and found a few interesting facts. It seems scholars have found reference of … 0