Hawley

Hilltown officials puzzle over broadband costs

Thursday, April 23, 2015

ASHFIELD — According to the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, the towns without high-speed Internet have at least through June 2016 to apply for their share of a $40 million pool of state money to extend Internet service — and they don’t have to be part of the WiredWest collaborative if they have another grant-qualifying project for high-speed build-out. But how the $40 million is to be released is still “in flux,” … 0

WiredWest withdrawal, recall petitions on Hawley warrant

Thursday, April 23, 2015

HAWLEY — Will cash-strapped Hawley be the first Franklin County town to withdraw from the WiredWest broadband initiative? That’s one of the warrant articles, filed by petition, that voters will address at the May 11 annual town meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. One article asks if the town will vote to withdraw from the WiredWest collaborative, to abolish the town delegate positions … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Bakers wanted for Hawley election day bake sale on May 4 HAWLEY — Think voting is as American as apple pie? Then why not bake a pie (or brownies) for the Hawley annual town election bake sale, on May 4, from 11:45 a.m. to 7 p.m.? Town Clerk Pamela Shrimpton is looking for bakers to contribute items to the sale, which benefits the … 0

Neighbors: Precipitation prognosticator: only two or three snowfalls left

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’ve got some good news! Winter is technically almost over and Franklin County’s precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy agrees. Farrah had counted 17 of the 23 snowfalls she predicted early this winter by Feb. 25 and, of course, we had another one this past weekend. That makes … 0

West County Election Notebook

Friday, February 27, 2015

Ashfield Town Caucus is March 10 ASHFIELD — The annual town caucus takes place on March 10, so that voters can nominate candidates for 14 town positions. The caucus starts at 7 p.m. in Town Hall. The positions up for election this year are as follows. Included are … 0

Tech School toothbrushes to help spread smiles in Ghana. Turners woman returns for sixth dental aid trip

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Dental hygienist Heather Lonergan has made a habit of spending her vacations spreading dental health in Ghana, and this year she will go armed with toothbrushes collected by the students and staff of Franklin County … 0

Mohawk puts free preschool in $18.3 million budget plan

Friday, February 27, 2015

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee has adopted an $18,364,099 budget for the coming year, a budget that represents a 3.6 percent increase from this year’s budget. However, level-funded education and transportation aid from the state, despite rising costs, mean that Mohawk’s eight member towns … 0

Mohawk towns to vote on school district changes in annual meetings

Friday, February 27, 2015

BUCKLAND — Besides voting on the school budget and on school building repairs, annual town meeting voters will also decide on amendments to the 1995 Mohawk regional school agreement, that may give the district more flexibility to make both educational and money-saving changes. This week the full Mohawk … 0

Leg work

Friday, February 27, 2015

Growing up an avid alpine skier, I used to watch middle-aged folks mush along the flats on cross-country skis and think “boy, that looks easy.” When I clicked into a pair of cross-country skis earlier this month, I … 0

Letter: Response to barbarity

Friday, February 27, 2015

Egypt’s decisive response to the recent episode of barbarism by ISIL (aka. ISIS) terrorists, provides a good example of how this war must be fought, as well as sending a powerful message. When militants from the self-proclaimed “Islamic State”, (a title I would call a gross mischaracterization), brutally … 0

Neighbors: Nominate the next Peacemaker Award recipients

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice are looking for nominations from throughout the county of teens who are contributing to peace and justice in the world. Having lived in the county almost all of my life, I know there … 0

Letter: Doughnuts are calling

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Dear Everyone: Go have an Adams Donuts — go buy some for friends, or the ER nurses, or your town clerk. Buy a dozen for a night at home, no, two dozen! Greenfield, Turners, Hilltowns — get thee to helping your neighbor! Ms. Brown has done a wonderful … 0

Hilltowns face steep Internet costs

Monday, February 23, 2015

While some hilltown residents say the WiredWest broadband initiative is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring high-speed Internet into their sparsely populated towns, the smallest, unserved towns fear that, even with the state’s $40 million “last mile” funding, they can’t afford their estimated share of the cost. Colrain selectmen … 0