Heath

Lt. Gov. Karen Polito

Towns to sign ‘Community Compact’ with Lt. Gov. in Heath Thursday

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

HEATH — Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito is coming to Heath on Thursday to sign a “Community Compact” with town officials from Heath, Rowe and Shelburne in the Heath Community Hall at 1:45 p.m. Polito will also be signing a Community Compact with Deerfield later Thursday. After his inauguration, Gov. Charlie Baker’s first executive order last year was to create a Community Compact Cabinet that would reach out to towns and cities, forming stronger partnerships between the administration and all Massachusetts communities. The Community Compact is a voluntary, mutual agreement between the Baker-Polito administration and individual towns, in which the towns focus on making specific improvements, … 0

Neighbors: 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest seeks entries

Monday, February 8, 2016

Hello neighbor. Well folks, it’s that time again. The 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest has begun, and Friends of the Greenfield Public Library are looking for poems from you. The event is open to all Franklin County residents and students. You can submit up to three poems. The deadline is March 7, … 0

Mohawk budget up 3.5 percent; towns’ shares rise 6.6 percent

Monday, February 8, 2016

BUCKLAND — Mohawk’s below-level-services budget is going up 3.5 percent, but member towns will see an overall 6.6 percent increase in next year’s $19 million budget proposal. The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee will hold its public hearing on the fiscal year 2017 budget proposal this Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Mohawk … 0

Addressing physical and emotional overstress; surgical guidelines for the elderly

Monday, February 1, 2016

Q: I hear that too much stress can change your cells so you develop serious health problems. How does that work, and how do I avoid it? -- Chris V., Manchester, New Hampshire A: That’s true, and here’s … 0

Baystate Noble officials continue investigating disinfectant lapse that put 293 colonoscopy patients at small risk for HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C

Saturday, January 30, 2016

WESTFIELD — In the wake of a disinfection lapse that left 293 colonoscopy patients at a small risk for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, Baystate Health officials continue to piece together the puzzle of what went wrong … 0

West County Notebook

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Mohawk sets policy for school collaborations BUCKLAND — To encourage Mohawk Trail Regional School District schools to work together on educational programs, the School Committee has adopted a policy for how communities and educators will proceed: First, they must have open meetings that allow input from all affected … 0

MBI to meet with cable towns on broadband expansion options

Friday, January 29, 2016

Over the next few weeks, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute will meet with officials in towns with partial broadband access to talk about “last mile” broadband options through Comcast Cable. The Franklin County towns with partial cable access through Comcast include Buckland, Conway, Northfield and Shelburne. MBI has set … 0

Mohawk towns struggle with school costs

Friday, January 29, 2016

BUCKLAND — Faced with rising school costs and the urging of town officials to hold the school budget to a 2½ percent increase, the Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee unanimously agreed to form a Strategic Planning Steering Committee to come up with a three- to five-year strategic plan … 0

Neighbors: Stone Soup Cafe celebrates four years; attracts people from all walks

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hello neighbor. Stone Soup Cafe is celebrating its fourth year this year. The unique, pay-as-you-can community meal, which is served at All Souls Church in Greenfield every Saturday at noon. On Monday, Stone Soup Cafe will be the … 0

Pittsfield Rep. won’t seek Downing’s state Senate seat

Thursday, January 28, 2016

State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvoir of Pittsfield said Thursday she plans to forgo a bid to replace Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, who announced he won’t be seeking re-election in November, running instead for re-election to her House seat. That leaves Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, the Lenox Democrat who’s considering … 0

Downing’s exit piques pair’s interest

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Two Berkshire County Democrats say they’re looking at state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing’s announcement that he won’t seek a sixth term in this fall’s elections not only as a tremendous loss for his Western Massachusetts constituents but also … 0

Area towns get food safety grants

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

In response to the national push to increase food safety, seven local towns have been awarded federal grants to protect consumers. Buckland, Charlemont, Gill, Hawley, Heath, Leyden and Monroe will share $65,000 a year federal grant for five years to support improvements in food inspection and education. The … 0

Green tea: How healthy is it?

Monday, January 25, 2016

It’s easy to find stories trumpeting the health benefits of antioxidant-rich green tea. Seems simple enough. To keep the cells healthy, go to the grocery store, head to the tea aisle, grab something marked “green tea” and drink … 0