New Salem

WiredWest awaits state approval of business plan

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) has not yet evaluated WiredWest’s business plan but is preparing to, according to MBI Director Eric Nakajima. The issue came up last week in Colrain, when selectmen and Crocker Communications sales director Bill Stathis discussed whether WiredWest’s minimum broadband service fee, $49 per month, would be enough to meet the costs of the municipal broadband cooperative’s last-mile fiber-optic network for sparsely populated towns. Colrain is … 0

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 … 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

Town Meetings, Week of July 27

Friday, July 24, 2015

Ashfield Parks Commission: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Planning Board: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Website Policy Committee: Tuesday 10 a.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board … 0

Utilities: Electric rates to drop, but root cause of spikes remains

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — After a winter that saw major increases in electric bills across the region, rates have dropped back to more normal warm-weather levels. While those big fluctuations showed up in monthly electric bills, retailers like Eversource Energy … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy Famous Bill’s lobster pie recipe

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. Many of you — especially those who grew up in the area like I did — remember Famous Bill’s Restaurant on Federal Street — and you probably also remember its lobster pie. Well, one of our neighbors was going through her mother’s things (her mom was … 0

Letter: Praising The Recorder

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

As a former 25-plus-year resident of New Salem, I would like to join my old neighbors in praising the work of The Recorder for strong and fair local reporting. The Good Ship Blagg was the paper I subscribed to electronically and turned to daily for news of my … 0

Letter: Heard in New Salem

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

My wife and I were among the residents of New Salem who turned out to talk with Editor George Forcier, on Tuesday, July 14, as he made his rounds meeting with the people of the towns of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region. We want to take … 0

FRTA proposes Montague-Greenfield line cut

Monday, July 20, 2015

MONTAGUE — Riders on the Route 22 bus line between Montague and Greenfield may see changes as early as this fall if a proposal by the Franklin Regional Transit Authority to discontinue the line and combine it with the Route 32 line between Orange and Greenfield is put … 0

New Salem OKs tax levy limit exemption on borrowing $1.5M for broadband

Monday, July 20, 2015

NEW SALEM — Voters overwhelmingly approved a Proposition 21/2 exemption on borrowing $1.5 million to bring broadband Internet access to town. Monday night’s vote, which was 177-6, allows the borrowed sum to be exempt from the normal 21/2 percent tax levy limit. It was a special election that … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy some ice cream this week

Monday, July 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. Did you know that the origins of ice cream go way back to before ancient Roman times? Emperors would order ice be brought from mountains and covered with fruit. Over time, recipes for ices, sherbets, and … 0

It takes 2 to tango in New Salem crosscut saw contest

Saturday, July 18, 2015

NEW SALEM — Bill Daniels gripped the crosscut saw’s hilt as he helped his son, Jacob, lift the tool and line its teeth up with a large block of wood on the New Salem Town Common Saturday afternoon. … 0

From the Editor’s Desk: A friendly reminder as New Salem stop reiterates importance of town coverage

Friday, July 17, 2015

As you cruise along tree-lined Route 202, New Salem’s charming town center, tucked away on a loop of side road, is perhaps out of sight, but should not be out of mind. At least that was the gentle … 0