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Claire Conklin, 11, of the Rag Shags team whacks a beach ball with a broom during Conway's Chesbro Challenge at the town ball field on Saturday. Batters are directed to pick up any number of bat substitutes during the game, from brooms to frying pans to golf clubs, while pitchers throw out beach balls, softballs, wiffle balls and even frisbees.
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Chesbro Challenge returning to Conway

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

CONWAY — It’ll be batters-up on July 4 as the third annual Chesbro Challenge kicks into gear, but baseballs won’t be all that fly through the air. The event, which will be held from 1 to 10:30 p.m. at the Conway Grammar School, is being organized as a fundraiser by the committee that is planning the town’s 250th Anniversary Celebration in 2017. During the game, players may find beach balls, Wiffle balls and softballs flying in their direction, and instead of just the traditional bat, they’ll have to return fire with brooms, frying pans and tennis racquets. To make matters even tricker, they will have … 0

Neighbors: Grandparents: Share your stories

Monday, May 25, 2015

Hello, neighbor Many times in my travels throughout the county, I am stopped by other grandparents who have read about my grandsons Justin, Owen and Travis. They thank me for sharing my stories every now and then, and then they share some of their own with me. Over and over, I hear about how much they are enjoying themselves and I have to … 0

Monk living in Conway recounts experiencing deadly Nepalese earthquake

Friday, May 22, 2015

CONWAY — After spending three years as a visiting scholar at Hampshire College and then beginning his study of Tibetan medicine here, Buddhist monk Nuptul Tenpei Nyima returned to Nepal’s Sangchen Rabten Norbuling Monastery, where he is an abbot, in Nepal’s Himalayas. He arrived at the monastery after 5 or 6 days of … 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

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

Right to farm: Conway farmers eye bylaw

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

CONWAY — With efforts to build a community sewer system and increase Conway’s attractiveness to new businesses, farmers in town who are worried that any new neighbors may complain about their operations will be able to sleep a … 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