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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

Underserved hilltowns calculating total broadband build-out costs

Friday, March 13, 2015

BUCKLAND — While WiredWest’s “unserved” towns are gearing up for annual town meeting votes to finance fiber-optic broadband, discussions have started between Comcast Cable Co. and the pilot “cable towns” — Buckland, Shelburne and Conway — to share mapping information and calculate how much a total build-out of … 0

Rick Bean resigns as Conway emergency management director

Thursday, March 12, 2015

CONWAY — Conway Selectboard member Rick Bean has resigned as the town’s emergency management director, a position he has held for the last five years. Bean said he would make himself available to train the new director when he or she is appointed. During his time in the … 0

Neighbors: Recorder reporter to share his photography

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’d like to put a plug in for one of my colleagues. Shelburne Grange is hosting a photography presentation by Recorder reporter David Rainville on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, 17 Little Mohawk Road in Shelburne Center. The event is free and open to … 0

South County Notebook

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Frontier staffers win again in Faculty versus Varsity game DEERFIELD — Frontier Regional School’s staff reprised last year’s Faculty versus Varsity Basketball game, beating a team of the school’s varsity players by a single point Wednesday night. Stacey Chapley, one of the event’s organizers, said Ben Barshefsky, the … 0

Tech School budget takes transportation hit

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School Committee has approved a $10,159,000 budget, unchanged from this year but with a 5 percent increase in the sum requested from the district’s 19 member towns. The final budget is down $52,000 from the $10,211,000 preliminary budget approved last month. … 0

Frontier School Committee reverses staff cuts

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

DEERFIELD — Six staff members at the Frontier Regional School have less to worry about now that the regional School Committee has approved a $9.9 million budget — a 2.05 percent increase over the current year. Six jobs … 0

Will Frontier’s staff school its students on the court?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

DEERFIELD — If a varsity basketball player at Frontier Regional School jumps over Principal Darius Modestow from the free throw line in the Goodnow Gymnasium, then travels through the air at 10 miles per hour for three seconds, how fast will the ball be moving when she slams … 0

Conway fire chief to run for Selectboard

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

CONWAY — Robert Baker, the town’s fire chief and the co-owner of a popular general store on Route 116, was the sole nominee at the town’s annual caucus to fill a seat on the Selectboard vacated by Rick Bean. Bean has announced he will not seek re-election and … 0

Neighbors: Time for spring activities

Monday, March 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well folks, we’re finally getting a glimpse of spring and I, for one, am loving it. Temperatures are supposed to be in the 40s all of this week — almost reaching 50 on Wednesday — and it looks like the sun is going to shine most … 0

Letter: Warren’s wealth

Monday, March 9, 2015

The letter “Economic injustice” from David Kemp is wacky. Is it so odd that someone (Elizabeth Warren) would care, about economic injustice, because she has wealth? Is the only mantra, for the wealthy, “I have mine, I earned it”? JANE WHOLEY Conway … 0