Monroe

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

Neighbors: Neighbors making a difference

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. I thought you might like to hear about a few of our neighbors and their accomplishments today. First, Cindy Gonzalez and Amy Britt, both of Greenfield, along with Tammy-Lynn Chace of Orange and Kerri Bohonowicz, who works in Franklin County, are among this year’s Smith College … 0

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

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

Neighbors: Enjoy, but stay safe on the Fourth of July

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are just a week away from July 4 and I’m sure there will be plenty of celebrating going on next weekend. I hope you all have great fun and get to spend time with friends … 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

More than 1/3 of Franklin County ticks carry Lyme disease

Friday, June 20, 2014

More than a third of ticks collected in 10 Franklin County towns so far this season have tested positive for Lyme disease. “We are finding Lyme to be highly prevalent in Franklin County, but we also know it … 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