Leyden

Town Meetings, Sept. 29-Oct. 4

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ashfield Planning Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 7:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Energy Committee: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Thursday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Colrain Center Village Master Plan Visioning Session: … 0

Last-mile broadband collaboration takes next step in planning

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BOSTON — Now that the state has $50 million to help build out rural broadband Internet access, western Massachusetts legislators met Tuesday with Internet community groups to plan what state Sen. Stan Rosenberg calls “the Last Mile Solution” — how to secure high-speed Internet in unserved and partially served communities. Over the next two months, WiredWest and the Franklin Regional Council of Governments … 0

Neighbors: Walk for suicide leaves from Energy Park Oct. 5

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hello neighbor. With the recent news of Robin Williams, one of the greatest actors and comedians of our time, taking his life still fresh in our minds, I’d like to tell you about a very important fundraiser walk coming up. It will begin in the Greenfield Energy Park. The annual Franklin County Out of the Darkness Walk will be held Oct. 5 from … 0

Gold in Franklin County?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

LEYDEN — A local man has scoured the county’s creeks for gold for decades ... and hopes to teach the craft to others. Kenneth Elliot, 78, says he picked up his first prospecter’s pan after watching a program … 0

Northfield override vote ends in a tie

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

NORTHFIELD — A tie vote leaves the town headed for a recount and the Pioneer Valley Regional School District budget uncertain after a Proposition 2 1/ 2 override election Tuesday. The vote stands tied at 262, after 495 residents voted in person and 29 took out absentee ballots, … 0

Leyden rollover sends woman, child to hospital

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

LEYDEN — A single-car rollover accident sent a woman and small child to the hospital Tuesday afternoon. Jonathan Ayala came upon the crashed Chevrolet shortly after the accident. “The mother had a small cut, but it wasn’t bad. … 2

Pioneer to begin $400,000 computer replacement

Monday, July 7, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Work will begin this summer on a $400,000 computer equipment upgrade plan at the Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s five schools. The district will borrow the money for a five-year term, with each of the district’s four towns’ shares based on their percentages of the school … 1

Neighbors: Fireworks fun, but lots more to summer ahead

Monday, July 7, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Greenfield’s Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display did not disappoint on Saturday. I went to Beacon Field with grandson Justin around 7 p.m. The first thing we did was take a “choo-choo” train ride around the grounds. Just before that, I ran into Greenfield Recreation … 0

National forest panel plans first meeting

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The next step toward creating a new kind of national forest in northern Franklin and Berkshire counties is in the works, with regional planners creating an advisory panel. The Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership Advisory Committee, composed of one selectmen’s representative from each of the region’s 20 towns, along … 0

46 layoffs on the line in Northfield override

Friday, July 4, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Tuesday’s Proposition 21/ 2 override vote could have serious implications for the Pioneer Valley Regional School District. If the override passes, it would result in a tax rate increase of 79 cents per $1,000 of property value, according to Selectboard Chairman John “Jack” Spanbauer. In May, … 0

Neighbors: Happy Fourth of July

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. Happy Fourth of July! I am working today, but hope you are all having a great time. It may be that as you read this the rain is falling hard — that was the forecast of the National Weather Service in Taunton — but that’s fine, … 0

Bus fare

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The state budget passed this week by the Legislature will give the county’s sprawling regional school districts a huge savings for school bus expenses by reimbursing 90 percent of the cost — the highest in decades. “It would … 0

Neighbors: Introduce yourself to your neighbors

Monday, June 30, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here I go again, thinking about what it means to be a neighbor. I remember a time when people knew their neighbors. They spoke with them, sat next to them in church, ran into them in the grocery store, talked over the hedges about their days … 0