Conway

Howard Boyden of Boyden Brothers Sugar House in Conway sorts out miles of tubing for the approximatley 1,000 taps he will put up for the upcoming season.  Boyden and his crew will have to deal with the deep snow to set the taps.  Recorder/Paul Franz

Cold weather puts freeze on maple sugar season

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

In New England, the last week of February is usually a time when buckets and tubes can be seen popping up on maple trees along local roads, ready to catch their sap as winter gives way to sugar season, a harbinger of spring. But for Howard Boyden, the owner of Boyden Brothers Maple on Route 116 in Conway, and many … 0

Conway publishes healthy budget

Monday, February 23, 2015

CONWAY — Conway has released the first copy of its proposed budget for 2016 and it paints a picture of a town that Tom Hutcheson, the town administrator, described as being in “excellent financial health.” The proposed $5.5 million budget will be funded by a projected $6.1 million revenue stream, leaving the town about $591,000 in the black. Overall, the budget is up … 0

Local outdoors enthusiasts float Olympic idea

Friday, February 20, 2015

Will the whitewater slaloms of the 2024 Olympics take place on the Deerfield River? That’s the hope of local outdoor enthusiasts, and of Congressman Richard Neal, who is pushing for “regional equity” in Boston’s bid for the 2024 Olympics. Neal, whose district includes the western half of Franklin County, not only hopes that … 2

What’s next for Conway’s highway garage?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

CONWAY — With plans for a new highway garage soundly defeated by voters in October, the town now faces the challenge of bringing its current highway garage on Route 116 up to par. The structure, built in 1947, … 1

Neighbors: Mahar Class of 1964 helps its neighbors

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Mahar’s Class of 1964 had a very busy year last year. The class held its first fundraiser in December 2013, using half of the proceeds to fund award scholarships to some of the graduates of the Class of 2014 and the other half was given as … 0

Conway’s Sunset Garage changes hands after three decades

Thursday, January 8, 2015

CONWAY — After nearly 30 years of ownership under brothers Bob and Ray Langevin of Conway, the Sunset Garage and convenience store on Route 116 has new owners for the new year. Adam Johnson, 33, and his wife, … 2

WiredWest towns ready for next step

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Selectmen from all 11 Franklin County hilltowns without high-speed Internet have approved WiredWest’s nonbinding resolution to go forward with a “last mile” $100 million to $120 million fire-optic network build-out. Now the financial planning begins. Ashfield, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, New Salem, Rowe, Shutesbury, Warwick and Wendell … 0

Neighbors: Look ahead to a great year

Monday, January 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. Hope you all had a wonderful New Year. Now it’s time to look ahead. According to our precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy, we’re supposed to see 23 snowfalls this winter — remember, you only have to track a cat for one to be counted. Even so, that … 0

Town board meetings for week of Jan. 5

Friday, January 2, 2015

Ashfield Selectboard/Personnel Board: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard/Personnel Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Assessors: Thursday 5:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Assessors: Tuesday 2 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday … 0

Neighbors: Now’s the time to get your children involved in Shakespeare

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Happy New Year! It’s finally here and the days are getting colder. But as I said the other day, it’s also a chance for a new beginning. Has your 7- to-18-year-old been thinking about some William Shakespeare? Well, now’s the time. Young Shakespeare Players East in … 0

Tech still working toward roof, other renovations

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School officials continue to eye the building’s aging roof. Authority to approve spending for the project, formerly thought to be in the hands of the spring annual town meetings of member towns, … 0

Landscape program expands to Easthampton

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

CONWAY — The streets of Easthampton could end up taking on a new look soon when the Mill 180 building’s newest tenant moves in. The Pleasant Street building has officially been chosen as the future home of the … 0

No snow? Ski areas have new options

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

HAWLEY — What do you do with 15.5 miles of scenic cross-country ski trails and no snow during a winter holiday week? Why not offer up those twisting, groomed trails to winter “fat biking?” That’s what Lloyd and … 0