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This year, Mike's Maze, seen in this aerial photo, is based on the classic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." It features Alice herself, as well as other iconic images like the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter's hat, all cut into the Sunderland cornfield.

Neighbors: Things getting curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland

Monday, August 31, 2015

Hello neighbor. Things are about to get curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland. Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm will open its 2015 corn maze, “Alice in Sunderland,” on Sept. 12. Inspired by the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s book, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” the maze will commemorate everyone’s favorite Wonderland explorer throughout its eight acres of corn. This year, David and Jess Wissemann, the family’s next generation, have stepped up to continue the tradition established by Will Sillin and Mike Wissemann. When David and Jess posted an aerial image of the maze on Facebook, it was the number-one trending post on Reddit for several hours, and … 0

West County Notebook

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Buckland questions Mohawk pre-school costs tonight BUCKLAND — Changing the Mohawk Trail Regional School District agreement to include Mohawk’s new preschool program will be discussed tonight, at the 7 p.m. meeting of the Mohawk School Committee. Buckland’s Board of Selectmen have questioned the legality of putting it into the shared operating costs, after getting a legal opinion from lawyer Mark Reich of Kopelman … 0

Neighbors: New book tells story of 1896 Trolley No. 10

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Over the past week, there’s been a lot of activity at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum at 14 Depot St. Visitors have been busy signing a copy of the “Little Yellow Trolley,” a book that follows the history of the 1896 Trolley No. 10. It was written by museum member Marie … 0

West County Notebook

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Jacksonville Road repaving done in Colrain COLRAIN — Roadwork and repaving has been completed along Jacksonville Road, from the Vermont border to the Colrain Central School, according to Town Coordinator Kevin Fox. Peter Hillman of Colrain, a former Shelburne highway superintendent, served as clerk of the works for … 0

WiredWest awaits state approval of business plan

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) has not yet evaluated WiredWest’s business plan but is preparing to, according to MBI Director Eric Nakajima. The issue came up last week in Colrain, when selectmen and Crocker Communications sales director Bill Stathis discussed whether WiredWest’s minimum broadband service fee, $49 per … 2

West County Notebook

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Shelburne needs two for Finance Committe SHELBURNE — The town is seeking at least two residents to serve on the Finance Committee. Currently there are vacancies for a one-year term and a full, three-year term. Interested residents should contact Town Moderator Sylvia Smith either by phone at 413-625-9248 … 0

Neighbors: Visit your local farmers market

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Farmers markets are going strong throughout the county this summer. I’m not going to mention any in particular, because most of you know where they are, especially if you’ve got one in your town. What I want to talk about today is why you should visit … 0

Chinese teens have summer fun at Mohawk

Monday, July 27, 2015

BUCKLAND — Eighteen Chinese high- and middle-school students began their third day at the Mohawk Trail Regional School by learning to dance the Macarena, followed up with “The Chicken Dance.” It was taught to them, as an ice-breaker, … 0

Fire marshal: Check carbon monoxide alarms

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pointing to the deaths of four young Massachusetts residents in a Maine cabin over the weekend, the state Fire Marshal’s Office told residents their carbon monoxide alarms may be running out of time. “A similar tragedy led to a law here in Massachusetts that requires CO alarms in … 0

Town Meetings, Week of July 27

Friday, July 24, 2015

Ashfield Parks Commission: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Planning Board: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Website Policy Committee: Tuesday 10 a.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board … 0

Utilities: Electric rates to drop, but root cause of spikes remains

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — After a winter that saw major increases in electric bills across the region, rates have dropped back to more normal warm-weather levels. While those big fluctuations showed up in monthly electric bills, retailers like Eversource Energy … 0

Hawley dairy farm is cream of the crop: Sidehill Farm wins Green Pasture Award

Thursday, July 23, 2015

HAWLEY — “Nobody starts a dairy farm,” Amy Klippenstein and Paul Lacinski were told repeatedly by friends when they told them nearly 10 years ago of their plans to start milking a herd of cattle in Ashfield, where … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy Famous Bill’s lobster pie recipe

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. Many of you — especially those who grew up in the area like I did — remember Famous Bill’s Restaurant on Federal Street — and you probably also remember its lobster pie. Well, one of our neighbors was going through her mother’s things (her mom was … 0