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West County Election Notebook

Friday, February 27, 2015

Ashfield Town Caucus is March 10 ASHFIELD — The annual town caucus takes place on March 10, so that voters can nominate candidates for 14 town positions. The caucus starts at 7 p.m. in Town Hall. The positions up for election this year are as follows. Included are the names of incumbents. All these are for three-year terms unless otherwise noted: Moderator (one-year term) Stuart “Buz” Eisenberg; Selectboard Ronald Coler; … 0

Tech School toothbrushes to help spread smiles in Ghana. Turners woman returns for sixth dental aid trip

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Dental hygienist Heather Lonergan has made a habit of spending her vacations spreading dental health in Ghana, and this year she will go armed with toothbrushes collected by the students and staff of Franklin County Technical School. Lonergan said she usually brings 1,200 toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and dental floss. A … 0

Mohawk puts free preschool in $18.3 million budget plan

Friday, February 27, 2015

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee has adopted an $18,364,099 budget for the coming year, a budget that represents a 3.6 percent increase from this year’s budget. However, level-funded education and transportation aid from the state, despite rising costs, mean that Mohawk’s eight member towns will see a collective assessment increase of 5.7 percent ($549,261) this year. Within that half-a-million-dollar … 0

Mohawk towns to vote on school district changes in annual meetings

Friday, February 27, 2015

BUCKLAND — Besides voting on the school budget and on school building repairs, annual town meeting voters will also decide on amendments to the 1995 Mohawk regional school agreement, that may give the district more flexibility to make both educational and money-saving changes. This week the full Mohawk … 0

Leg work

Friday, February 27, 2015

Growing up an avid alpine skier, I used to watch middle-aged folks mush along the flats on cross-country skis and think “boy, that looks easy.” When I clicked into a pair of cross-country skis earlier this month, I … 0

Letter: Response to barbarity

Friday, February 27, 2015

Egypt’s decisive response to the recent episode of barbarism by ISIL (aka. ISIS) terrorists, provides a good example of how this war must be fought, as well as sending a powerful message. When militants from the self-proclaimed “Islamic State”, (a title I would call a gross mischaracterization), brutally … 0

Neighbors: Nominate the next Peacemaker Award recipients

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice are looking for nominations from throughout the county of teens who are contributing to peace and justice in the world. Having lived in the county almost all of my life, I know there … 0

Letter: Doughnuts are calling

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Dear Everyone: Go have an Adams Donuts — go buy some for friends, or the ER nurses, or your town clerk. Buy a dozen for a night at home, no, two dozen! Greenfield, Turners, Hilltowns — get thee to helping your neighbor! Ms. Brown has done a wonderful … 0

Hilltowns face steep Internet costs

Monday, February 23, 2015

While some hilltown residents say the WiredWest broadband initiative is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring high-speed Internet into their sparsely populated towns, the smallest, unserved towns fear that, even with the state’s $40 million “last mile” funding, they can’t afford their estimated share of the cost. Colrain selectmen … 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 … 2

Neighbors: Stay safe in frigid temperatures

Monday, February 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. Spring is just 31 days away, but it may not seem that close because we continue to battle bitter cold temperatures and all of this white stuff. Earlier this month we saw the Full Snow Moon, named because February is typically the month where we see … 0

Rowe school, town officials debate joining Mohawk school district

Sunday, February 15, 2015

ROWE — The town that last year had seemed on the verge of breaking up with the Mohawk Trail Regional School District now seems inclined toward a stronger union — if the benefits and cost-per-student for joining the Mohawk Trail Regional School District on a Grade 7 to … 0

Mohawk readies changes to school district agreement

Friday, February 13, 2015

BUCKLAND ­— Wednesday, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District will discuss four changes to its regional agreement that school and town officials say will streamline a clunky bureaucratic processes and give the district more flexibility to make money-saving changes as enrollments shrink. The proposed warrant articles include: ∎ A … 0