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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 a pharaoh’s birthday in the Bible around 3,000 B.C.E., but some argue that it’s actually referencing the pharaoh’s coronation date, since that … 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 officially open its doors Saturday at its new 85 Whately Road location. Schneider, a retired … 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 told that Comcast “is prepared to move very rapidly” on building out cable capacity in … 0

Conway community helps rebuild fire-damaged sugarhouse

Monday, March 23, 2015

CONWAY — When a “packed to the rafters” wood storage area at Boyden Bros. Sugarhouse caught fire Sunday, owner Howard Boyden was sure his maple business was about to go up in smoke. “If we lost the sugarhouse, … 0

Neighbors: Learn about volunteer opportunity with local support team

Monday, March 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. I want to tell you about a great group that’s been serving our community for several years. Community Crisis Support Team, a program of Clinical & Support Options, will host its annual free 15-hour new volunteer training on May 7, 12 and 14 from 4 to … 0

Fire can’t stop Boyden Sugarhouse

Sunday, March 22, 2015

CONWAY — An errant spark burned but did not break Boyden Brothers Sugarhouse on Sunday afternoon, after a quick reaction from owner Howard Boyden and the Conway Fire Department. Fire Chief Robert Baker said when firefighters arrived at … 0

Town meetings next week

Friday, March 20, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Library Trustees: Monday 7 p.m. in Library. Bernardston Finance Committee: Monday 6:45 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of … 0

Neighbors: Use all of your senses to greet spring

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Happy spring everyone! It’s time to get out into the sun and enjoy — those cold, grey days are almost behind us. Yes, it will be a little muddy, but who cares after being holdup all winter? Temps are working their way into the 30s and … 0

Conway school budget approved

Thursday, March 19, 2015

CONWAY — The Conway Grammar School Committee Thursday night approved a $1.7 million budget for fiscal year 2016, a 1.1 percent increase over last year. The budget is among the lowest of the schools in the Frontier Regional and Union 38 school district, coming in below a 2.5 … 0

Neighbors: Father and daughter recovering nicely after kidney transplant

Monday, March 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Tim Ollari is doing well after receiving a kidney from his daughter Stephanie last Thursday. Stephanie says Tim looks like a new person — full of life again. She, on the other hand, had … 0

A blueprint for entrepreneurial success

Sunday, March 15, 2015

CONWAY — As a young engineer, James S. Hardigg of Conway saw firsthand the dynamics of labor relations in his industry. Whether it was facing intimidation or violence at the hands of union officials or working under bosses … 0

Franklin County Tech principal picked

Sunday, March 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Shawn Rickan of Phillipston is to take over for Franklin County Technical School Principal and Assistant Superintendent Richard Martin when Martin moves into the superintendent’s office in July. Now a high school principal in Baldwinville, Rickan earlier worked in Orange for five years and is … 0

‘Fiber Towns’ to residents: Prove you want broadband

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The WiredWest high-speed Internet collaborative has started signing up residents of 32 member towns for “Last-Mile” fiber-optic broadband. This is the first step for “fiber towns” to become part of the collaborative’s fiber-optic network. If 40 percent of a fiber town’s households sign up, it shows there is … 0