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Neighbors: Lots of fun and festivals this fall

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. What a great couple of months we have ahead of us here in the county. It’s no secret that fall is my favorite season, not only because of the brilliant color, cool temperatures and crisp apples from our local orchards, but because the county is alive with activity. Who doesn’t enjoy a day at the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival? This year it will be held Sept. … 0

Weighing a reunion

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BUCKLAND — After the old Rowe School Committee cut ties with the Mohawk/Hawlemont/Rowe superintendent last winter, its current school board has voted to open discussions about rejoining the Mohawk Trail Regional School District — but as a Grade 7 to Grade 12 member town. At a recent Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee meeting, Chairman Robert Aeschbach said Business Administrator Michael Kociela has … 0

Towns to legislators: Tax-exempt land unfair hit in western Mass.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

HAWLEY ­­— It wasn’t just Hawley’s loss of $172 per year in tax dollars for 120 acres of forest in a state Supreme Judicial Court decision that sparked Tuesday’s meeting with state legislators, but a request for legislation to protect rural, tax-poor towns from being drained of too much taxable land on conservation grounds. “We’re meeting here to convey our concerns about the … 0

Taste the summer in CISA’s Local Hero restaurant fare

Friday, August 15, 2014

If you can’t come out for a whole meal during CISA’s Local Hero Restaurant Days on Tuesday and Wednesday , at least come to the Wagon Wheel in Gill for homemade peach ice cream made with peaches from Clarkdale Farm. Or have a grass-fed beef tenderloin steak at … 0

Assistant principal leaves Mohawk

Friday, August 15, 2014

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District is looking to hire an assistant high school principal to replace Joey Kotright-Clark for the coming school year. At this week’s School Committee meeting, Mohawk Principal Lynn Dole briefly announced that Kotright-Clark was “moving on,” and that the district will … 0

Neighbors: Girls Club still needs help to save building

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hello neighbor. A while back, I told you that the Girls Club of Greenfield was on a campaign to raise money to save Camp Stonehenge on Oak Hill Road in Leyden. Well, it has raised $2,000 so far. It began a coin can fundraiser earlier this year, hoping … 0

Mohawk teacher heads to China

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

BUCKLAND — Mohawk Trail Regional School science teacher Kathleen Stier will spend the last week of her summer in China instructing 20 educators on how to teach western-style Advanced Placement Biology courses to Chinese high school students. Stier … 0

Hawley woods walk has green thumb on pulse of forestry

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

HAWLEY— Would you like to have more wildlife visit your woods? Would you like to harvest some timber for income but fear that you may end up with a woods that are all beech trees? Are you concerned that the emerald ash borers will kill all your ash … 0

Neighbors: Supermoon dazzles in Franklin County’s summer sky

Monday, August 11, 2014

Hello neighbor. If you missed the “supermoon” this past weekend — it was the largest full moon of 2014 — you’ll have one last chance to see one in September. The term “supermoon” came from astrologer Richard Nolle … 0

Hawlemont School farm program taking root

Friday, August 8, 2014

CHARLEMONT — When they go back to school on Aug. 27, Hawlemont’s pupils will see a new landscape: new “pizza” and “story” gardens, peach- and apple-tree seedlings, a chicken coop, barn and greenhouse, and — indoors — a … 0

Oral histories part of this year’s Hawley Day

Friday, August 8, 2014

HAWLEY — Of all the Franklin County town celebrations, Hawley Day may be one of the most obscure; yet this annual old home day of community appreciation is well over a century old, according to Beth Thwing, a board member of the Sons and Daughters of Hawley. “It … 0

Neighbors: Give blood

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hello neighbor. I recently read about how a propane company in Dedham and the American Red Cross partnered to collect more than 750 blood donations throughout the state this summer. I didn’t realize that one blood donation could potentially help save the lives of up to three people. … 0

First ‘Samplepalooza’ to test Connecticut River health stem to stern

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — Just how pollutant-free is the Connecticut River, from the top of Vermont to the Long Island Sound? A group of agencies will be pooling their efforts today to collect data on nitrogen and phosphorous content, along with other algae-growing nutrients, during a one-day water-testing event they’re … 0