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Neighbors: Head to the North Quabbin for some summer fun

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was really excited to read last week that the North Quabbin will be getting some help from the state to boost tourism. It’s such a beautiful area — and you all know how much I love the Quabbin Reservoir. There are other attractions in that area: Starrett Museum in Athol, Swift River Historical Society Museum in New Salem and Tully Lake and Campground. You really should get … 0

‘Dig Safe’ stakes tampered with in Leverett broadband buildout

Friday, July 18, 2014

LEVERETT — Someone has removed and replaced several “Dig Safe” stakes in a part of town where utility poles are being installed for high-speed broadband, and police are warning that anyone who does it again could face criminal charges and be liable for any harm it causes to utility workers. “We are investigating … 1

Neighbors: Local writers publish book of short memoirs

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. A wonderful group of local writers has published another book. “Days and Moments, Moments and Days,” by Well Done Writers, is now available at World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield and Boswell’s Books in Shelburne Falls. Our neighbor Janet Keyes, who happens to be one of the writers, said the name of the group comes from the place where they meet to … 0

Neighbors: Scholarships help students pursue dreams and agencies help others

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Wells Trust Scholarship recently announced this year’s recipients and I’d like to share their names, or at least where some of them are from, with you today. Fred W. and Ethel Dow Wells were longtime … 0

Greenfield Community College graduates LPNs

Friday, June 20, 2014

Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program students graduated in a special ceremony Friday afternoon. This is the 22nd graduating class of the program that prepares students to become licensed practical nurses. Many in the class are nontraditional students who have balanced family and work responsibilities to successfully complete … 0

Neighbors: Franklin County natives featured on Playbill.com

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Have you heard that Frontier Regional High School graduates (2010) Dale Murphy, a Sunderland native, and Tyler Conroy, a Conway native, were recently featured on Playbill.com? Dale wrote a musical based on the music of Taylor Swift and Tyler starred in and directed it. “It’s a … 0

Chestnut Hill neighbors try to solve own Internet problem

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

MONTAGUE — A group of Chestnut Hill Loop residents think they have a solution to their lack of high-speed Internet service and a closing window to take advantage of that solution. Chestnut Hill Loop is one of three … 0

Franklin County school districts weigh PARCC vs. MCAS, results mixed

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — With the state offering a choice between getting an early start with the probable next big standardized test or continuing with the MCAS for the time being, area school districts have split more or less down the middle. Deciding factors included uncertainty over the future, … 0

Broadband for the rest of us? Towns look to Leverett

Friday, June 13, 2014

CHARLEMONT — For western Massachusetts communities that want broadband Internet, Leverett selectmen’s Chairman Peter d’Errico can lay out a scenario their town officials would envy: How to build a high-speed network — “fiber to the premises” — for … 1

‘Rock-climbing gardener’ is new principal in Leverett

Friday, June 13, 2014

LEVERETT — Margot Lacey, the assistant principal at the Pine Grove School in Rowley, has been selected as the new principal of Leverett Elementary School. Lacey, 61, who will start working at the school on July 1, said … 0

Leverett composting program at transfer station will benefit local farms

Thursday, June 12, 2014

LEVERETT — The Leverett transfer station will begin a composting program this month that will allow residents to dispose of their organic waste for free in special bins. The material will be sent to local farms for processing … 0

Neighbors: Away this week

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’m going to make this short and sweet today. I am away from June 11 through Tuesday, so I got in what you had sent by the end of the day this past Tuesday. I’m not … 0

Letter: Check out Don Berwick

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to meet Don Berwick, a candidate for governor, on a swing through western Massachusetts. Meeting Don Berwick for the first time reminded me of my first encounters with Elizabeth Warren a few years ago. These are both candidates who bring … 0