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Berkshire East ski area with wind turbine and solar farm

Hawley voters to decide solar, recall election bylaws Thursday at 7 p.m.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

HAWLEY — Townspeople will determine whether the town will adopt a large-scale ground-mounted solar electric-generating installations bylaw and will seek special legislation to enact a recall election bylaw in a special town meeting set for Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Town Office. Hawley already has one large-scale solar photovoltaic system — a 500-kilowatt (kW) solar array leased on 10 … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the … 0

Neighbors: Local youngster learn about and teach composting

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Fourth-grade students at The Discovery School at Four Corners recently learned about taking notes, paragraphing, composing informational text, and formulating an opinion through a study of composting, according to their teacher Marguerite Rancourt. All students read a nonfiction text, article and editorial in The Recorder. In addition, they viewed and took … 0

Neighbors: Nana’s Attic might just have what you’ve been looking for

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Paula Betters was appointed director of the Erving Senior Community Center this past summer, and she said they’re having a lot of fun in Erving. Paula said as the center prepares for its Holiday Bazaar, she had the “crazy notion” (her playful words) to … 0

Dual clinic Saturday for pets and people

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Here’s a chance to get both your family’s flu shots and your pets’ rabies vaccination all in one place: At the Cooperative Public Health Service Flu Clinic and Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Saturday, Oct. 31, from … 0

Letter: Protecting ourselves

Monday, October 26, 2015

In attacking the Second Amendment, Donald Kaul ridicules armed self defense while simultaneously demeaning our courageous law enforcement officers. He claims that police, when facing mass shooters, fire their guns wildly until empty, without effect. Mr. Kaul apparently forgets police have frequently used their weapons to successfully end … 0

Hawley hears from MBI on potential for hybrid fiber/wireless broadband

Friday, October 23, 2015

HAWLEY — Although he can’t promise Hawley will still get $500,000 in total from the state if it develops a hybrid fiber-optic/wireless broadband system, Massachusetts Broadband Institute Director Eric Nakajima says Hawley might get more mileage out of its state broadband funding by coming together with other hilltowns … 0

Food plan aims to grow economy, community

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A Massachusetts Local Food Action plan being released today calls for the state to take steps to beef up agriculture and food production as a way to not only enhance the local food supply, but also to improve … 0

Neighbors: Greenfield library’s got some bargains this weekend

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. It has been a really busy week for me, so I’m going to get right to it. Have a great weekend! FRIENDS OF GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY will hold its October Book Sale on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be an abundance of … 0

Neighbors: Human Error’s Greenfield Word Fest no mistake

Monday, October 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Human Error Publishing will present its sixth Greenfield Annual Word Festival starting today and running through Sunday — six days of WORDS in downtown Greenfield. Awesome! Along with authors and poets reading their works all week, there will be an ongoing book fair. The Arts Block … 0

‘Clean Sweep’ waste collection day Saturday

Monday, October 19, 2015

Been wanting to get rid that bulky trash not normally accepted at your trash transfer station? The Franklin County Solid Waste District is holding its fall “Clean Sweep” bulky waste collection on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon. The three drop-off sites are: the Buckland Recreation … 0

Neighbors: Montague’s K-9 Artie needs a new ride

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. K-9 Artie, whose real name is Arthur, and his partner, Montague police officer James Ruddock, need a new ride and they’re asking us to help. Montague Police Department will hold a tailgate party to raise money for a new cruiser that will accommodate a four-legged officer. … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Mohawk family night offers website tutorials, college aid info BUCKLAND — Want to learn how to get the most out of Google, Microsoft Word or Excel? Need help with financial aid for college? Mohawk Trail Regional High School will host an evening called “Family Educational Opportunities” on Oct. … 0