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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. Find out what you have in common … 0

Letter: Colrain’s people make it a great town

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Over the last several weeks I have fallen in love all over again with my adopted town, Colrain. An annual town meeting and a special town meeting, both fraught with divisive issues—an endlessly increasing school budget, WiredWest funding, and the demolition of the “Blue Block,” an old store — might have been the occasion for rancor, but they weren’t. In both meetings the … 0

Neighbors: Adopt an adult cat for $5 this weekend

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again, folks! Dakin Humane Society is offering its $5 cat adoption for select adult cats on Saturday and Sunday. This weekend only, you can adopt an adult cat for only $5 at both the Springfield and Leverett adoption centers from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. each day. The 40 cats up for adoption are those who, for a variety … 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

Letter: FDR’s tax push

Friday, April 24, 2015

History on the progressive side praises almost without end FDR’s accomplishments in implementing social programs. It is possible that he would not have done it if the labor movement leaders had not made him realize the political reality if he did not. The story goes that the labor … 1

Hilltown officials puzzle over broadband costs

Thursday, April 23, 2015

ASHFIELD — According to the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, the towns without high-speed Internet have at least through June 2016 to apply for their share of a $40 million pool of state money to extend Internet service — and they don’t have to be part of the WiredWest collaborative … 0