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

Mohawk supt. finalist for job in another district, again

Thursday, October 9, 2014

BUCKLAND — Mohawk and Hawlemont school Superintendent Michael Buoniconti is one of two finalists vying for a superintendent’s position for the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District, near his home in Ludlow. “Meet and greet” events for both Buoniconti and the other finalist, Nadine “Tracy” Crowe, were held earlier … 0

Colrain cleans up after microburst

Thursday, October 9, 2014

COLRAIN — York Road residents quite literally picked up the pieces Thursday after a microburst sent trees crashing through roofs, into cars and across the road Wednesday. Eric Savoy was making the best of a bad situation, cutting, … 0

Neighbors: Double Take Fringe Festival a week away

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Double Take Fringe Festival will take over eight venues, all within walking distance, in downtown Greenfield again this year. On Oct. 17 and 18, eight shows will be presented and you can attend all of them throughout the weekend with a weekend pass that will … 0

Mohawk mulls bill for 4-day school week

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BUCKLAND — While any prospect of a four-day school week is still several years away, Superintendent Michael Buoniconti has asked the Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee to let state Rep. Paul Mark file special legislation that could make … 0

FRCOG hopes to build online disaster map

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BUCKLAND — When Tropical Storm Irene pounded Franklin County, emergency responders and isolated residents cut off by storm damage suddenly found a new use for Twitter and Facebook on their cellphones: asking others about, and reporting on local washouts, flooding and downed trees. Now, the Franklin Regional Council … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy autumn while you can

Monday, October 6, 2014

Hello neighbor. Can you believe it? The leaves are falling from the trees as the crisp days of fall nudge us toward the bitter chill of winter. There are only three full moons left this year: the Full … 0

Neighbors: Help for a little cemetery

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hello neighbor. I recently learned of another example of people working together to help make our community a little nicer. Inmates at the jail went to a small cemetery on Bernardston Road this week to paint the old, faded fence that surrounds Log Plain Cemetery. Many of you … 0

Town Meetings, Sept. 29-Oct. 4

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ashfield Planning Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 7:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Energy Committee: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation … 0

Colrain ‘visioning’ workshop Sunday

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

COLRAIN — What kind of town will Colrain become this century? A bedroom town? Or a classic New England town with a bustling commercial center? With a multi-million dollar sewer project looming for Colrain’s village center, town officials … 0

Mohawk athletes warned of resistant staph infection

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BUCKLAND — A Mohawk Trail Regional School athlete has been confirmed to have a penicillin-resistant staph infection known as MRSA, and a letter has gone out to the parents of Mohawk athletes, warning them of the condition and of precautions to avoid its spread. “It’s a very common … 0