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3 Mohawk district towns seek assessment cuts

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BUCKLAND — A last-minute, 36 percent increase in state aid for busing for the Mohawk Trail Regional School District has prompted selectmen from three of the eight district towns to seek a share in the savings. Buckland, Shelburne and Colrain boards have all sent letters asking that the now-excess busing money they budgeted to pay Mohawk be eliminated in light of the “windfall” from the state, and the issue will … 0

Neighbors: Local woman up for Emmy Award

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hello neighbor. Our neighbors Ann and Gary Thomas of Greenfield can’t wait for Aug. 16, because that is when they will learn whether their daughter Sherry Thomas wins an Emmy Award with two other women for casting the hit television series “Breaking Bad.” Sherry, who grew up in Florence and lived in Greenfield … 0

Heath ‘Clean Sweep’ day set for Aug. 9

Monday, July 28, 2014

HEATH — The Heath Board of Health is planning to hold a “Clean Sweep” bulky waste collection on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The drop-off site is the Heath Transfer Station. All Heath property owners may bring a wide range of items that are typically difficult to get rid of, such as tires, small and large appliances, scrap metal, … 0

Neighbors: Dog lovers put finishing touches on park

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Hello, neighbor. A group of dog lovers will put the finishing touches on the Friends of the North Quabbin Dog Park this weekend. The dog park has been open to the public for several months and has offered a spot for dogs to run and play. A recent … 0

Bulky waste collection Saturday

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Franklin County Solid Waste Management District is holding a “Clean Sweep” bulky waste collection on Saturday at three locations from 9 a.m. to noon. The three drop-off sites are: Mohawk Trail Regional High School on Route 112 in Shelburne Falls, the Northfield Highway Garage on Caldwell Road, … 0

Bee Week takes flight this week

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

HEATH — The importance of bees to Franklin County isn’t just a matter of honey: The pollination work that bees do produces about one-third of the food crop for humans, according to Jonathan Mirin of the Piti Theater. … 0

Neighbors: County farmers markets open and ready for business

Monday, May 12, 2014

Hello neighbor. It’s that time of year again! Farmers markets are opening throughout the county, and I for one am excited. Grandson Justin and I like to visit at least two or three different ones each year for … 0

Pipeline protest rally Thursday

Monday, May 12, 2014

When Kinder Morgan pipeline officials arrive for a first-of-its-kind joint meeting Thursday with Franklin Regional Council of Governments and Franklin Regional Planning Board, they’ll be met with a protest of their plans for a natural gas pipeline. A rally is being planned for the Greenfield Town Common at … 0

Heath OKs green burial, Mohawk budget

Sunday, May 11, 2014

HEATH — Pleased with a town spending plan that came in nearly $24,000 below this year’s town spending, with a 20-cent decrease on the town tax rate, annual town meeting voters swiftly approved all spending requests on next year’s $1.9 million fiscal budget, including the town’s FY 2015 … 0

No contests in Heath election

Friday, May 9, 2014

HEATH — Several elected officials were voted back into office in a no-contest town election Friday. Despite the lack of a contest, 59 of the town’s 499 registered voters, or 11.8 percent, cast ballots. All were elected to three-year terms unless otherwise noted. They are: Board of Assessors, … 0

‘Green burial,’ town complex, broadband on Heath town meeting

Thursday, May 8, 2014

HEATH — The right to have “green” burials in town cemeteries, and the search for a site for a town Public Safety Complex is on the warrant for Saturday’s annual town meeting, which begins at 9 a.m. in the Heath Elementary School. For the budget year that begins … 0

Neighbors: Deerfield Inn named one of “best” by Yankee Magazine

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Hello neighbor. We live in such a wonderful area, with some of the best restaurants, motels, attractions and events, and many of them have been chosen by Yankee Magazine as “best.” This year, it’s the Deerfield Inn that … 0

Annual Bike Week rolls in Saturday

Thursday, May 8, 2014

As sure as tulips and native asparagus, a true sign of spring in Franklin County is bicycling — and the annual bike week celebration, which occurs next week. Bike Week, part of a statewide bicycling celebration partnership between … 0