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Hawley

Town officials mull Mohawk regional changes

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BUCKLAND — With enrollment in the 250-square-mile Mohawk Trail Regional School District dipping below 1,000, town officials on the Long Range Planning Committee are talking about consolidating elementary grades within the district’s four elementary schools, seeking statewide changes in how Chapter 70 state educational aid is calculated, and dropping the quest for 100 percent regional transportation reimbursement in favor of scheduling high school bus service based on use — not … 0

Neighbors: Looks like a harsh winter ahead; take care of each other

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. First, I’d like to wish you a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving. Enjoy your friends and family — that’s what great memories are made of. I’m waiting to hear from our local precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy to see what she believes the winter has in store for the county. Until then, … 0

Letter: Steady influence

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Town Moderator Kirby “Lark” Thwing is to be congratulated for his efforts in transforming the second Hawley special town meeting into a model of decorum that may have effects that are more far-reaching than the results of any particular vote. I believe that both sides in the debate about the Town Accountant appreciated the opportunity provided by Lark at that meeting to express … 0

Hawley OKs tax plan

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

HAWLEY — Special town meeting voters approved a draft tax agreement last week, and authorized its Board of Assessors to negotiate with AllEarth Services LLC, the Vermont-based company that owns the 500-kilowatt solar farm on leased land from Berkshire East. Because the solar energy company charges the mountain … 0

Letter: Hawley meeting

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

With the Hawley Special Town Meeting over and done with, I think it is appropriate to say thank you to a number of people. First, I want to thank everyone who showed up and voted on the important issues facing the town. In small-town democracy, the necessity of … 0

Neighbors: Help a former neighbor by voting for her new business

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’m hoping you can help one of our former neighbors expand her business in Gloucester. Heather Ahearn, who is the daughter of David and Sally Ahearn and is co-owner of Atlantic Saltworks, is currently competing in the Entrepreneur and Sam Adams Brewing American Dream Wild Card … 0

Hawley voters OK tax plan, repeal accountant vote

Friday, November 14, 2014

HAWLEY — Reaching back to town-meeting ground rules from the 1800s, Town Moderator Kirby “Lark” Thwing ran a more civil special town meeting this week, resolving a contentious issue that divided the town a month ago. Among the 150-year-old rules he announced at the start of the meeting … 0

Selectmen address opioid problem

Thursday, November 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — Small town governments are another avenue through which the Opioid Task Force is looking to get traction on the heroin and painkiller problem. Thursday night Opioid Task Force member John Merrigan and coordinator Marisa Hebble presented data on the problem and information on efforts underway to … 0

Neighbors: TFHS to hold its fourth all-class reunion

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hello neighbor. Hey, it’s that time of year again — my alma mater, Turners Falls High School (Class of 1976 and proud of it) is holding its Alumni Association’s fourth annual All-Class Reunion the day after Thanksgiving. It will be held on the nightclub side of Between the … 0

Will Hawley rancor resume tonight?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

HAWLEY — Several articles on last month’s abruptly terminated special town meeting warrant will be addressed tonight at another special town meeting, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Town Office. Voters will be asked to let the Board of Assessors negotiate a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement with the owner of … 0

Neighbors: It doesn’t take much to help feed our hungry

Monday, November 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was visiting with 2-year-old twin grandsons Owen and Travis the other night while daughter Christina went running — she didn’t get her passion for strenuous exercise from me — and as I watched them eat their chicken, rice, squash, yogurt and applesauce with reckless abandon, … 0

Living Dinosaurs?

Friday, November 7, 2014

I s this gawky, Dr. Seuss-like bird — the emu — directly related to Tyrannosaurus rex? Author Elizabeth Thwing of Hawley takes her young readers through the fossil evidence, and it’s just one of a few hundred astonishing … 0

Neighbors: Crafts of Colrain self-guided studio tour this weekend

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hello, neighbor. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, why not head to Colrain for its annual Crafts of Colrain self-guided studio tour? Colrain is one of the county’s gems. Tucked in the hills, the town … 0