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 way, has always been my favorite, is … 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

Lawmakers grapple with details of solar law

Monday, November 16, 2015

Among the top priorities for legislators before leaving for their end-of-year break Wednesday is fixing the state’s program that allows solar-electricity-producing businesses and municipalities to sell power back to the grid at retail rates. The current caps on how much electricity solar farms can sell back to the power companies have been reached … 2

Neighbors: Local photographer captures life at Heath Fair

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Hello neighbor. Some of you may know our supremely talented neighbor Matt Cavanaugh, a photojournalist and professional wedding and event photographer who lives in Greenfield with his wife Nicole and their two young sons. Matt spent three days … 0

Get ‘Hooked on History’ at Mohawk fair Saturday

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

BUCKLAND — Learn about “The Devil Wars — Shakerism in Ashfield, Shelburne and Buckland,” the pioneering spirit of Shelburne’s Fidelia Fiske, the first woman missionary to visit 19th-century Persia, and other local history insights at the Hilltowns History … 0

Neighbors: Garlic and Arts Festival returns Sept. 26 and 27

Monday, September 14, 2015

Hello neighbor. When a group of North Quabbin neighbors, artists and farmers first conceived an idea for an event years ago, the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival was born. It was simply meant to ignite the cultural … 0

Neighbors: All’s Fair in Franklin County this weekend

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Hello neighbor. THE FRANKLIN COUNTY FAIR HAS BEGUN and with it, lots of fun. There will be lots of fair food — Yum! — rides, games and entertainment. You’ll see plenty of apple pies this year because the fair will continue its long-standing tradition of holding an apple … 0

Student restaurant opens at Tech School for school year

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School’s Apprentice Restaurant opens to the public Sept. 22. The restaurant is open for lunch only, Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The menu is posted online daily at www.fcts.org/apprentice/menu.html. Students and staff in the culinary arts program … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Mohawk board meets tonight COLRAIN — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District will meet tonight, Sept. 9, in Colrain Central School, beginning at 7 p.m. School committee members will vote on Rowe and out-of-district tuition rates, among other items on the agenda. Prescreening available for preschoolers BUCKLAND — … 0

‘Enough is good enough’: Hawley’s SideHill Farm happy to keep yogurt-making small

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Second in series SideHill Farm yogurt is pretty simple, just like its purple-sky, green-pasture, brown-cow logo. And the idea, when Paul Lacinski and Amy Klippenstein came up with it a decade ago on the Ashfield farm where they … 0

Mohawk, towns take another look at regional agreement changes

Sunday, September 6, 2015

BUCKLAND — School and town officials within the eight-town Mohawk Trail Regional School District agree that the 1993 regional agreement needs to change, but don’t necessarily agree on what to change. Instead of sharing operating expenses, what if each town paid its own elementary school costs, but kept … 0

West County Notebook

Friday, September 4, 2015

Conway tales told in Colrain COLRAIN — Lee Whitcomb of Conway will present “A Conway Genealogist Tells Conway Tales” on Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Stacy Barn behind the G. William Pitt house on Main Road. Whitcomb’s talk will immediately follow a 7 p.m. business meeting of the … 0

Town Meetings, Sept. 7 to 12

Friday, September 4, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Tuesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Finance Committee: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Special town meeting: Tuesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Special election: Thursday 7 a.m. to … 0