Hawley

Neighbors: Be kind

Monday, June 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. About once a year I feel compelled to remind myself and others to be good neighbors. I don’t necessarily mean “neighbor” in the literal sense. What I mean is that we all should be kind to everyone. Those who aren’t can never truly be happy themselves. Get out and talk with the people who live in your neighborhood and your community. Find out what you have in common … 0

Neighbors: Adopt an adult cat for $5 this weekend

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again, folks! Dakin Humane Society is offering its $5 cat adoption for select adult cats on Saturday and Sunday. This weekend only, you can adopt an adult cat for only $5 at both the Springfield and Leverett adoption centers from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. each day. The 40 cats up for adoption are those who, for a variety … 0

Tech school projects passed

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Tuesday was the decisive day for the Franklin County Technical School’s roof project, with dire weather predictions and polls open for a districtwide vote to repair the roof and replace aging windows, doors and pavement. Voters didn’t turn out in droves, but those who did overwhelmingly said ‘yes.’ All three projects passed with … 0

Mass. energy officials at Hawlemont today

Thursday, May 14, 2015

CHARLEMONT — John Lebeaux, state commissioner of agricultural resources, will be at the Hawlemont Regional School this morning, to speak at a tree-planting at the school. He will be accompanied by Matthew Beaton, secretary of energy and environmental affairs. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 11 … 0

State OKs Eversource’s lower summer rates

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The state has approved Eversource electric rates for the summer months. On July 1, the Basic Service supply price for all residential Eversource customers in western Massachusetts will drop by about 31 percent, from 14.228 cents for the cold weather months to 9.767 cents per kilowatt-hour. Customers using … 0

Hawley voters OK amended recall, broadband articles

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

HAWLEY — Hawley isn’t buying into the current WiredWest broadband proposal for bringing high-speed Internet to town. The cooperative’s million-dollar proposal for bringing fiber optic cable to all the households in town won’t be pursued, annual town meeting voters decided Monday. Instead, voters said they’d prefer looking at … 1

Buckland-Shelburne Elementary climbs from a ‘lowest-’ to a ‘highest-performing’ school

Monday, May 11, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — In 2011, the Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School MCAS scores caused the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to declare BSE a “Level 3” school, which meant it was among the lowest-performing 20 percent of schools … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors will return May 19

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hello neighbor. Neighbors will not be back until May 19. I am headed this morning with my friend Diane Poirier on a cruise to Bermuda. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I can’t imagine we’ll have anything but a great time. See you when I return. … 0

No easy answers for Charlemont Ambulance certification

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

CHARLEMONT — While the three-town Charlemont Ambulance Department is in danger of having its certification pulled at the end of the month, officials say the problem isn’t in the ambulance service itself. It’s not in Charlemont, Hawley or … 0

Buckland voters back Mohawk budget

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

BUCKLAND — By a 65-48 paper ballot vote, Buckland annual town meeting voters approved a $1.9 million Mohawk Trail Regional School District operating assessment, which includes the town’s share of new costs for the district’s free half-day preschool. This gives Mohawk eight out of the 10 weighted votes … 0

Hawley re-elects incumbents

Monday, May 4, 2015

HAWLEY — The only two town officials running for re-election on this year’s ballot — Selectman Robert E. MacLean and Assessor Henry Eggert — were re-elected to three-year terms in the town’s annual election. Other incumbents, who ran as write-ins, were also elected to one-year terms: Town Moderator … 0

Neighbors: Another chance to help a neighbor in need

Monday, May 4, 2015

Hello, neighbor. First, I would like to send out a “very happy birthday” to grandson Justin’s beautiful mommy Suzanne. There’s going be a benefit golf tournament with shotgun start for longtime local disc jockey Ryan Interlande, who needs a heart transplant, at Thomas Memorial Golf and Country Club … 0

Heath, Hawlemont get $355K in renewable energy grants

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Hawlemont Regional and Heath Elementary schools will receive a combined $355,375 in state grant money to replace their old oil heating systems to highly efficient wood-pellet, biomass boilers that will save both schools thousands of dollars per year in heating bills. “Both Mohawk and Hawlemont are very … 0