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Trailers burn at Heath vacation campsite

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

HEATH — A small cooking fire and dry weather conditions beyond anything he’s seen in the Northeast destroyed five trailers in a seasonal camp and damaged a neighboring sixth trailer, said Fire Chief Michael Smith. The fire at 8 Lakeview drive began with a small cooking fire in a fire pit, Smith said, while the Chicopee owner cleaned up on Memorial Day for the summer season. A gust of wind … 0

Neighbors: Grandparents: Share your stories

Monday, May 25, 2015

Hello, neighbor Many times in my travels throughout the county, I am stopped by other grandparents who have read about my grandsons Justin, Owen and Travis. They thank me for sharing my stories every now and then, and then they share some of their own with me. Over and over, I hear about how much they are enjoying themselves and I have to … 0

State energy grant for Heath school boiler could cost more than planned

Thursday, May 21, 2015

HEATH — A state grant to pay 81 percent of the cost of an energy-efficient wood pellet heating system for the Heath Elementary School will require a much larger matching share from the town than was anticipated. Town officials were expecting to pay $35,105 toward the construction cost of a $180,418 wood pellet … 0

Neighbors: Go to a local parade and support our veterans Monday

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. It originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in that … 0

Franklin County Memorial Day events

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ashfield The Memorial Day parade on Monday begins at 10 a.m. in front of Town Hall, proceeds to Plain Cemetery and to the Veterans Memorial and Civil War Memorial, then back to Town Hall. There will be featured … 0

Sip with a senator: Downing to hold coffee hours in Heath

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

HEATH — State Sen. Benjamin B. Downing, D-Pittsfield, plans his next Coffee & Conversation public forum at the Community Hall at 1 West Main St. on May 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. To be accessible to all … 0

Neighbors: Back in Franklin County

Monday, May 18, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m back! What a lovely week we had on the water and in Bermuda. The weather was perfect and we got to see a dolphin and a whale show on the way home. I learned early on in the trip that it really is a small … 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

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

Heath voters approve Public Safety Complex, give Mohawk an approved budget

Sunday, May 10, 2015

HEATH — In a rare town meeting too crowded for the Heath School cafeteria, 167 voters and several nonvoting residents took to the school gym Saturday morning, handily approving all the Mohawk Trail Regional School District articles and agreeing to let the town spend up to $3.6 million … 0

Litchfield re-elected to Heath Selectboard

Friday, May 8, 2015

HEATH — Sheila Litchfield won re-election to her fourth term on the Selectboard against challenger Robyn S. Provost-Carlson by a vote of 122-108 on Friday night. Provost-Carlson, however, ended the night as the write-in choice for a seat … 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

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