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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

Whately locks in Frontier budget, OK’s money for library building

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

WHATELY — The Frontier Regional School’s budget will see no increase next year after Whately voters joined Deerfield and Sunderland in backing the administration’s original, level-funded budget. The vote, taken at Whately’s annual town meeting, rejected the regional … 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

Artisan gift store sets up shop in Conway

Thursday, April 23, 2015

CONWAY — Conway’s newest store will offer crafts and goods made by local artisans to residents and visitors alike when it opens later this month. Tea At Two, which owner Eileen Schneider called an artisan gift shop, will … 0

Could Comcast close the broadband gap? State to seek grants to reduce number of under-served towns

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The good news for Massachusetts Broadband Institute’s 11 under-served towns — seven of them in Franklin County — is that the state agency plans to solicit grant proposals from Comcast and other service providers to build out broadband fiber capacity by the end of June, and it’s been … 0

Towns united against Frontier budget hike

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional School Committee has a revolt on its hands over its 11th-hour decision to restore about $200,000 for six positions in next year’s school budget. Town officials in all four towns that make up the district have taken a stand against the decision and … 0

Neighbors: French musical at Arts Block

Monday, April 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’re looking for something fun to do next weekend, or the following one, head to the Arts Block on Main Street in Greenfield for the French musical, “Irma la Douce,” which will be performed by Arena Civic Theatre on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday … 0

Gas pipeline opponents to hold info event Thursday

Sunday, April 19, 2015

On Thursday, groups opposed to the proposed gas pipeline will be holding an event titled “What is happening with the proposed Kinder Morgan/TGP gas pipeline now?” This event is sponsored by North Quabbin Pipeline Action (NQPA) and MAP (Montague Against the Pipeline) and will take place at the … 0

Letter: Short-changing input

Friday, April 17, 2015

Frontier Regional School District now has a new schedule for the school year beginning in the fall, voted on by the joint School Committee April 9. The plan calls for early dismissal on most Fridays by 1½ hours, with a 10-minute extension to the other days. The idea … 0

Tech students capture honors in statewide competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Twenty-six students from FCTS competed against 350 students in about 20 events March 7 through 9 in Framingham and Upton. Emmett Boyd of Northfield, Kyle … 0

Conway farmer saved by double lung transplant

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CONWAY — John Wholey relied on a oxygen concentrator to breathe and a walker to move. His lungs were destroyed after years on his dairy farm, Wholey Cow Farm in Conway, and from chronic bronchitis. His daughter, Emily, … 0