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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

Acoustic dream: Conway's Field Memorial Library is violinist's favorite concert hall

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Approaching the middle of the mosaic sunburst on the tiled floor of Conway’s Field Memorial Library, Kenny Butler nestled the bottom of a 200-year-old violin under his chin. For a moment, he hesitated, gazing around at the building’s … 0

Making the switch

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Amid pressure from legislators and upset consumers, state utility regulators have eliminated a 15-year-old rule that required electricity suppliers to recalculate the bills of customers when they switch from their basic service to a competitor. The practice has cost customers, dozens of whom are from western … 0

Neighbors: Paint and Sip awakens my inner artist

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. A group of friends and family gathering together to paint on canvas, while sipping their favorite beverages, has become a national trend. In this area, two of the companies that provide such entertainment — at least … 1

Frontier, elementary school committees approve early release schedule

Friday, April 10, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Students in the Frontier Regional and Union 38 School District will be going home a bit earlier on Fridays next year. The regional and elementary school committees approved an early release schedule at a joint meeting Thursday night that would provide more time for professional … 0

Tech School seeks OK to borrow $2.45M

Thursday, April 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School District will ask the residents of its 19 member towns to go to the polls at a special districtwide election June 23 to approve what they expect to be $2.45 … 0

Neighbors: Time to be recognized

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m glad to be back, though I couldn’t believe what I saw when I stepped out of my apartment Thursday morning. I thought the days of that white stuff were done — and what little is … 0

Frontier early release weighed tonight

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional and Union 38 school committees will decide tonight whether students will be released early on Fridays next year under a new plan to provide teachers with more time for professional development. The joint meeting will start at 7 in the Frontier Regional School … 0

Where the funding meets the road

Monday, April 6, 2015

With a six-year, $478 billion federal transportation bill released recently to help close an estimated $1 trillion gap in the nation’s highway and bridge infrastructure and improve rail and public transit, a Franklin County group is scheduling an informational meeting as part of a “Stand Up for Transportation … 2

Wipers on, lights on

Monday, April 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Today’s forecasted rain showers could put a new law to the test. Starting today, state law requires drivers to turn on their headlights whenever they need to use their windshield wipers, and whenever visibility is less than 500 feet. Previously, headlight use had been required from … 1

Neighbors: Turning pollution into art

Monday, April 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. Several months ago I told you the Connecticut River Watershed was looking for artists who would turn trash found in the watershed into art. Well, CRW found the artists and their art is on display now through May 27 at Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue … 0