Hawley

Neighbors: Take advantage of technology, but don’t let it rule you

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. I just wanted to finish what I started on Tuesday, if you don’t mind. I seem to be on my soapbox this week, so please bear with me. I guess I’m just filled with the joy of the season and want to share it with you. I’d like to remind you of something else — I talked about volunteering, doing something unexpected for your neighbor and being kind … 0

Mohawk school bus cameras to have audio, too

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

BUCKLAND — Mohawk Trail Regional School District school buses are already equipped with security cameras that record daily trips and any incidents that happen on the bus. But in a time of dwindling privacy, the Mohawk Trail School Committee reluctantly agreed to allow recording sounds as well as sights on the bus. When F.M. Kuzmeskus Bus Co. officials first asked Superintendent Michael Buoniconti … 0

Neighbors: Remember the true meaning of the holiday season

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here we are — Hanukkah begins today at sundown, there’s only eight days until Christmas Eve and it’s 10 days until the beginning of Kwanzaa. Each holiday means something different to each person or family who celebrates it. We all have our own traditions, as it should be. I guess I’d just like to remind people that this time of year, … 0

Neighbors: Prognosticator sees 23 snowfalls this season

Monday, December 1, 2014

Hello neighbor. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I spent a lovely day with my three grandsons and sister’s family. I heard from our precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy. Her prediction is 23 snowfalls this winter. We’ve already had one, so only 22 to go, if she’s correct. … 0

Winter hours for household hazardous waste drop-off sites

Sunday, November 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — Franklin County Solid Waste Management District’s household hazardous waste drop-off sites, while open year-round, are about to shift to winter hours. These permanent “Supersites” are located in Bernardston, Colrain and Conway. The Bernardston facility, located at the town transfer station on Nelson Drive (off Merrifield Road), … 0

Think before you wrap and unwrap: Recycling tips for the holidays

Friday, November 28, 2014

During the holidays, the average American family throws away up to 10 additional bags of trash. In towns that require “Pay-As-You-Throw” town trash bags, those 10 additional trash bags would cost $15 to $30, depending on the town. A large portion of this trash is generated from wrapping … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 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