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In this set-up photo, a bear checks out a roll of toilet paoper in Heath. Henry Godek has been shoorting photographs of the black bears that visit the area. Photo by Henry Godek..

Bears, bears, bears everywheres

Sunday, October 4, 2015

HEATH — Maybe someday Henry Godek’s wonderful bear photos will be in a book, but for now, this Heath resident is just happy to spend his summer days in a tree stand, watching the blueberry-eating bears who come through the heaths and bushes near his home. This summer, Godek says he has taken about 3,000 photos of bears, producing about … 0

Letter: The Mohawk team

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Mohawk Trail School Regional School District recently elected me, Kirby (Lark) Thwing, as its new chair and Martha Thurber as vice chair. I replace Robert Aeschback, chair for the last 10 years, who has moved from the district. As I assume this post, I think it’s appropriate to explain some of the key differences between the roles of the School Committee and … 0

Heath woman killed, Buckland man arrested in fatal Friday Route 2 hit-and-run

Sunday, October 4, 2015

SHELBURNE — A three-vehicle crash on Route 2 Friday afternoon left one person dead and led to the arrest of another on drunken driving, vehicular homicide and hit-and-run charges. The crash claimed the life of 51-year-old Sarah Sessions of Heath. According to state police, Sessions was driving west on the Mohawk Trail when … 0

West County Notebook

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Cluster zoning for Shelburne SHELBURNE — Zoning for future cluster or open space developments in Shelburne will be the topic of a public information meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the Buckland/Shelburne Elementary School cafeteria. The meeting is sponsored by the Board of Selectmen and the Planning … 0

Heath to fight for restoration of $2M grant

Thursday, September 17, 2015

HEATH — Despite the “eleventh-hour” cancellation of a $2 million state grant that would have made it possible for Heath to build a public safety complex, town officials want the state to honor the grant awarded during the … 0

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 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

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