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Neighbors: Visit your local farmers market

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Farmers markets are going strong throughout the county this summer. I’m not going to mention any in particular, because most of you know where they are, especially if you’ve got one in your town. What I want to talk about today is why you should visit one or two or more. Visiting a farmers market is a way of enjoying the season. Most of them run from late … 0

Pocumtuck Homelands Festival returns

Sunday, July 26, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Unity Park Waterfront will be filled with the sound of music and drumming Saturday, Aug. 1, during the second annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival. The free, all-day event is a celebration of Native American music, art and culture and will feature live music, drumming, dancing, storytelling, traditional children’s games and more. … 0

Fire marshal: Check carbon monoxide alarms

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pointing to the deaths of four young Massachusetts residents in a Maine cabin over the weekend, the state Fire Marshal’s Office told residents their carbon monoxide alarms may be running out of time. “A similar tragedy led to a law here in Massachusetts that requires CO alarms in nearly every home. It is a tool designed to help prevent more families from experiencing … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor collecting for other youngsters

Monday, July 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our young neighbor Elizabeth LaValley of Greenfield, who is a sophomore at Stoneleigh Burnham School, is currently working on an independent community service project through the school. Her goal is to raise $1,000 for the Comfort Wagon Program at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Seven comfort wagons … 0

Letter: ADA anniversary

Monday, July 13, 2015

Many will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the very significant civil rights law, the Americans with Disabilities Act, in Boston on July 21. The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990. This is one of most significant civil rights … 0

WiredWest nearing sign-up goal

Friday, July 10, 2015

HEATH — The town needs just five more households to register for WiredWest broadband services. Last week, 122 Heath voters turned out for a special town meeting and authorized their small town to borrow up to $1.45 million as the town’s share of costs for high-speed broadband. The … 0

Weekly meetings for July 13-18

Friday, July 10, 2015

Ashfield Cultural Council: Today 9 a.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Zoning Board of Appeals: Thursday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Planning Board: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall Finance Committee: Monday 7 p.m. … 1

Neighbors: Local poet leaves us with one last thought

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m sure many of you read in The Recorder on July 1 of the recent passing of our neighbor, artist, author and poet Margaret Robison, who lived on Water Street in Shelburne Falls next to the Bridge of Flowers when she died on June 24. The … 0

State budget boosts western Mass. programs

Thursday, July 9, 2015

A number of western Massachusetts programs stand to benefit from the state budget compromise hammered out in Boston Wednesday. According to state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg’s office, more than 400,000 working families across Massachusetts will receive more back on the income tax returns next year under the Senate’s … 0

Pipeline latest foe in Montague’s activist history

Thursday, July 9, 2015

MONTAGUE — Montague residents have a rich history of rising up against proposed industrial projects — specifically on the Montague Plains, a state wildlife management area that has repeatedly been targeted over the years by large corporations seeking to build a variety of operations. On Feb. 22, 1974 … 0

Rocks or relics? ‘Stone Structures and Artifacts Roadshow’ can evaluate your finds

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Experts in the fields of archaeology and Native American and historic stone structures are inviting the public to submit local artifacts and photos of stone structures at the Pocumtuck Homelands Festival Aug. 1. University of Connecticut archaeologist Dr. Kevin McBride and researchers James and Mary … 0

Gill Elementary School principal resigns

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

GILL — Principal Kathleen Bailer has resigned from her position at the Gill Elementary School to accept a job as a principal in West Springfield, according to Gill-Montague Regional School District Superintendent Michael Sullivan. “Kathleen has served the Gill school and community with distinction for four years and … 0

Neighbors: Greenfield fireworks the best in years

Monday, July 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m sure those of you who attended the fireworks in Greenfield on Sunday night woke up Monday morning still in awe. They were magnificent — the best I’ve seen in many years. I sat on Lunt … 0