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Storm damage causes power outage in Conway

Friday, May 29, 2015

CONWAY — Hundreds of residents lost power after a storm brought down tree limbs and damaged utility poles Thursday night. Eversource spokesperson Priscilla Ress said Conway was hit by storms twice, the first of which occurred around 6 p.m. Wednesday and caused an outage. “Once we got that cleaned up and got the lights back on, the next day at 3 o’clock in the afternoon there was more storm damage,” … 0

Neighbors: Senior event promises opportunity

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Franklin County Sheriff’s TRIAD program, along with the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office and Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility in Greenfield, will sponsor the Senior Services Health and Safety Expo on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Schuetzen Verein on Barton Cove in Gill. Our neighbor Ray Zukowski said the event promises to give our seniors and their families … 0

South County Notebook

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Tilton Library plant sale returns DEERFIELD — After a year hiatus, the Tilton Library on North Main Street will once again hold its plant sale this year. The sale will be held on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. in the back of the library. Plant donations will be accepted at the back of the library on May 29. Call the library … 0

Conway: ‘Slow down’ on Right to Farm

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

CONWAY — Though Conway is one of only a handful of Franklin County towns that do not yet have “Right To Farm” bylaws, voters at Town Meeting Monday night put the brakes on adopting one after a resident called for more time to study possible side effects. The … 0

Conway opts to maximize Community Preservation

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

CONWAY — Keeping the Community Preservation Fund surtax at 3 percent will allow the town to handle unforeseen projects and maximize state contributions, proponents contend. That argument seemed to win the day as voters considered a proposal to reduce the local tax to 1 percent at Monday’s annual … 0

Conway voters keep preservation fund tax at 3%

Monday, May 11, 2015

CONWAY — Conway’s residents will continue to pay a 3 percent tax into the Community Preservation Fund after voters rejected an article brought by citizen’s petition that proposed lowering it to 0.25 percent during the annual town meeting Monday night. Proponents of the article said that even though … 0

Conway Selectboard candidates weigh in on the issues

Sunday, May 10, 2015

CONWAY — One is the town’s long-time fire chief and former Highway Department director, the other is a former selectman, part-time police officer and horse farm owner, but Selectboard candidates Robert Baker and Christina Conklin will both have … 0

Will Conway voters take ax to community preservation tax?

Thursday, May 7, 2015

CONWAY — Conway residents could find themselves paying quite a bit less into the town’s Community Preservation Fund if a petition article prevails at town meeting Monday night. The meeting starts at 7:30 in the Conway Grammar School auditorium. With voter approval, the article would cut the 3 … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors will return May 19

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hello neighbor. Neighbors will not be back until May 19. I am headed this morning with my friend Diane Poirier on a cruise to Bermuda. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I can’t imagine we’ll have anything but a great time. See you when I return. … 0

McClintock chosen as interim director of Franklin County anti-hunger program

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Local food columnist, advocate and community organizer Mary McClintock of Conway will serve as interim Executive Director of the Franklin County Community Meals Program as the anti-hunger nonprofit makes a number of changes. McClintock is replacing Sharon Pleasant, who is leaving for a new position. Pleasant … 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

Sen. Benjamin Downing collects four honors

Thursday, April 30, 2015

It’s been a good couple of weeks for Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, who’s achieved a noteworthy degree of recognition. On Wednesday, he was named the Massachusetts Association of School Committees’ legislator of the year for a second time, recognizing his “support and aggressive advocacy for our annual budget … 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