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Neighbors: Green River Festival around the corner

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again — the countdown is just seven days. The Green River Festival will be held July 10, 11 and 12 at Greenfield Community College, and there are a limited number of tickets left, so you’d better hurry. The 2015 lineup includes lots of return musicians and a few first-timers. I’ve attended several times, a couple … 0

Batters up for ‘Chesbro Challenge’

Thursday, July 2, 2015

CONWAY — It’ll be batters up on Saturday as the first pitch crosses the plate at the third annual Chesbro Challenge, but baseballs won’t be all that fly through the air. The event will be held from 1 to 10:30 p.m. at the Conway Grammar School and is a fundraiser for the committee … 0

Conway asks FERC for clarity on gas pipeline

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

CONWAY — Conway’s Selectboard wants to see a more complete picture of Kinder Morgan’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline project, and it told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission so in a letter this week. The letter, sent to FERC Secretary Kimberly D. Bose, requests clearer information about the exact location of the pipeline, which is expected to pass through about three-and-a-half … 0

Franklin County Memorial Day events

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ashfield The Memorial Day parade on Monday begins at 10 a.m. in front of Town Hall, proceeds to Plain Cemetery and to the Veterans Memorial and Civil War Memorial, then back to Town Hall. There will be featured … 0

Neighbors: Back in Franklin County

Monday, May 18, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m back! What a lovely week we had on the water and in Bermuda. The weather was perfect and we got to see a dolphin and a whale show on the way home. I learned early on in the trip that it really is a small … 0

Baker wins race for Selectboard seat in Conway

Thursday, May 14, 2015

CONWAY — Robert Baker, Conway’s long-time Fire Chief and former Highway Department director, has been elected as the town’s newest member of the Selectboard. He will replace Selectman Rick Bean, who resigned from the board earlier this year. Baker beat his opponent, former Selectboard Member Christina Conklin, 138-73. … 0

State OKs Eversource’s lower summer rates

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The state has approved Eversource electric rates for the summer months. On July 1, the Basic Service supply price for all residential Eversource customers in western Massachusetts will drop by about 31 percent, from 14.228 cents for the cold weather months to 9.767 cents per kilowatt-hour. Customers using … 0

Conway withholds money for long-range Frontier study

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

CONWAY — The Conway Grammar School proved a fitting setting for the town’s annual town meeting Monday night, where voters spurned a move they felt could jeopardize local control of their school. Voters rejected a Frontier Regional School District and Union 38 request for money to pay for … 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