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Neighbors: French musical at Arts Block

Monday, April 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’re looking for something fun to do next weekend, or the following one, head to the Arts Block on Main Street in Greenfield for the French musical, “Irma la Douce,” which will be performed by Arena Civic Theatre on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. “Irma la Douce” is a 1956 lively comedy-musical written by Marguerite Monnor with lyrics and a book by Alexandre … 0

Making the switch

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Amid pressure from legislators and upset consumers, state utility regulators have eliminated a 15-year-old rule that required electricity suppliers to recalculate the bills of customers when they switch from their basic service to a competitor. The practice has cost customers, dozens of whom are from western Massachusetts, hundreds of dollars in retroactive charges this winter. “I think that’s great,” said Richard … 0

Neighbors: Paint and Sip awakens my inner artist

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. A group of friends and family gathering together to paint on canvas, while sipping their favorite beverages, has become a national trend. In this area, two of the companies that provide such entertainment — at least the ones I’m most familiar with — are the mobile Wine and Canvas and Paint … 0

Neighbors: Time to be recognized

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m glad to be back, though I couldn’t believe what I saw when I stepped out of my apartment Thursday morning. I thought the days of that white stuff were done — and what little is … 0

Where the funding meets the road

Monday, April 6, 2015

With a six-year, $478 billion federal transportation bill released recently to help close an estimated $1 trillion gap in the nation’s highway and bridge infrastructure and improve rail and public transit, a Franklin County group is scheduling an informational meeting as part of a “Stand Up for Transportation … 2

Wipers on, lights on

Monday, April 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Today’s forecasted rain showers could put a new law to the test. Starting today, state law requires drivers to turn on their headlights whenever they need to use their windshield wipers, and whenever visibility is less than 500 feet. Previously, headlight use had been required from … 1

Neighbors: Turning pollution into art

Monday, April 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. Several months ago I told you the Connecticut River Watershed was looking for artists who would turn trash found in the watershed into art. Well, CRW found the artists and their art is on display now through May 27 at Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue … 0

Neighbors: Busy April ahead in Franklin County

Monday, March 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’ve got a lot to tell you about today, so I’m going to get right to it. Enjoy the week. According to the National Weather Service in Taunton, temperatures on Thursday and Friday are supposed to be in the 50s and 60s. Hello spring! ORANGE SENIOR … 0

Neighbors: Area wildlife needs our help

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Medicine Mammals in Wendell needs our help. The local Native American nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation center is hoping to raise money to help care for the orphaned and injured wild animals that made their way to the center this winter. Loril Moondream, wildlife rehabilitator and owner of … 0

National Grid to cut electric rates

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Valley home and business owners can expect some relief from high electric bills this spring. On Monday, National Grid announced that, pending Department of Public Utilities approval, the cost of power is expected to drop from the current rate of more than 16 cents per kilowatt-hour to just … 0

Neighbors: Learn about volunteer opportunity with local support team

Monday, March 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. I want to tell you about a great group that’s been serving our community for several years. Community Crisis Support Team, a program of Clinical & Support Options, will host its annual free 15-hour new volunteer training on May 7, 12 and 14 from 4 to … 0

Town meetings next week

Friday, March 20, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Library Trustees: Monday 7 p.m. in Library. Bernardston Finance Committee: Monday 6:45 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of … 0

Neighbors: Use all of your senses to greet spring

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Happy spring everyone! It’s time to get out into the sun and enjoy — those cold, grey days are almost behind us. Yes, it will be a little muddy, but who cares after being holdup all winter? Temps are working their way into the 30s and … 0