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Hawley

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 their views openly and without fear of … 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 resort for electricity, the assessors say the company is not entitled for a tax-credit for … 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 widespread participation is clear. When you don’t show up and vote, your voice isn’t being … 0

Neighbors: Safe Halloween fun planned for all on Friday

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here we are, just three days to Halloween — you know, when all those little ghosts, goblins and superheroes roam our streets with their parents in search of treats. A few of our towns will have … 0

Neighbors: Local 2015 calendars offer variety

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hello, neighbor. It’s that time of year — 2015 calendars are here and it’s time for you to decide what you’d like hanging on your wall for 12 months. If you are interested in local history, trains or … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hawley sets new town meeting date HAWLEY — Another special town meeting is set for Nov. 13 at 7 p.m., to address articles not voted upon in last week’s meeting, which was abruptly adjourned by residents after only one of 15 warrant articles was voted on. That article … 0

Letter: Autumn fun

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Hicks Family Farm corn maze is such a wonderful addition to the colorful autumn festivities in western Massachusetts. While strolling through the maze, one appreciates the endless entertainment that abounds for all ages as well as the educational and informative tidbits of trivia and very amusing jokes. … 0

Transportation ‘windfall:’ Mohawk proposes revolving fund

Friday, October 17, 2014

BUCKLAND — With the state paying 90 percent — instead of 60 percent — of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s $750,000 reimbursable school bus costs this year, four member towns have asked Mohawk to refund part of their school assessments that were based on the lower estimate … 0

Hawley voters end bitter town meeting early

Friday, October 17, 2014

HAWLEY — Both tempers and old grievances flared in this hilltown, prompting frustrated voters to end a special town meeting after nearly 2 1/2 hours of arguing — but not voting. Voters abruptly adjourned a heated special town meeting that became a gavelled-down shouting match revealing bitter divisions … 2

Neighbors: Flash: Lobster pierogi make debut at Turners Falls Pumpkinfest

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Lots to tell you about today, so I’m going to get right to it. I’m heading to the Franklin County Pumpkinfest on Avenue A in Turners Falls with grandson Justin and his mommy (Suzanne) later on … 0

Buoniconti still head of Mohawk, Hawlemont schools

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BUCKLAND — Michael Buoniconti will not be the next superintendent of the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District, but will continue his job this school year as superintendent of both the Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont regional school districts. Although Buoniconti was one of two finalists for the two-town regional … 0

Mohawk schools MCAS scores climb

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BUCKLAND — With two elementary schools clearly ranked as “Level 1” and its high school and another elementary hovering between Level 1 and Level 2, the Mohawk Trail Regional School system has made improvements on its 2014 MCAS scores. “At (Buckland Shelburne Elementary), our improvement has been extraordinary,” … 0

Hawley special town meeting Thursday

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

HAWLEY — Special town meeting voters will be asked to let selectmen hire a town accountant and eliminate the elected position of town auditor at Thursday’s special town meeting, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Town Office. They will also be asked to approve a “payment in lieu … 0