New Salem

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: Volunteer to serve the low-income and homeless

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’d like to give another perfect example of neighbors helping neighbors. Stone Soup Cafe will be holding a volunteer appreciation gathering on Sept. 19 at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church on Main and Hope streets from 7 to 9 p.m. where there’s going to be a … 0

Lee backs repeal of gas tax indexing

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fresh from a victory in Tuesday’s Republican primary, in which she captured 63 percent of the vote, Second Franklin House District candidate Susannah Whipps Lee emphasized her support for a ballot initiative to repeal indexing of increases in the state’s gasoline tax to inflation. Question 1 would leave … 1

Lee wins 2nd Franklin Republican race

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

ATHOL — Susannah Whipps Lee will go on to face two-term incumbent Denise Andrews in the November election for representative of the 2nd Franklin district. Lee, an Athol selectman, beat fellow Republican Karen Anderson of Orange, for a … 1

It’s primary day, who’s on the ballot?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Massachusetts voters are heading to the polls on primary day today to narrow down the Democratic and Republican candidates for a slew of political offices. The only local race in Franklin County, affecting six towns in the Second Franklin House District, pits a political newcomer against an Athol … 0

Neighbors: Shelburne man repairs cemetery signs

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hello neighbor. If you happen to be driving along Route 2 through Charlemont, take notice of the new signs at the entrances to its three cemeteries. Les Chadwick, our neighbor from Shelburne, recently replaced the posts that hold … 0

Ballot initiative to repeal gas tax measure fuels debate

Friday, September 5, 2014

It won’t be on the ballot until November, but the campaign to repeal indexing gasoline tax increases to the inflation rate is already receiving plenty of attention, especially in the Republican primary race in the Second Franklin House District. Anyone driving through Orange, Gill, Erving, Warwick, New Salem … 0

Neighbors: All’s fair this weekend, especially fried dough

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. Has anyone else noticed this was a very long short week? I don’t know if it was the intense heat and humidity or what, but the weekend is here and it’s fair time. The Franklin County Fair opened last night with its parade along Main Street. … 0

2nd district hopefuls vie for GOP rep nod

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The sole local primary race in Franklin County on Tuesday pits two North Quabbin Republican women against one another, with the winner going on to challenge two-term incumbent Democrat Rep. Denise Andrews of Orange in November. Both Karen … 0

Fair thee well

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

GREENFIELD — Franklin County Fair president Fred Steiner barely made it past the stables at the Franklin County Fairgrounds before Adam Martin, of Martin’s Farm in Greenfield, emerged from an old red barn and flagged him down. As … 0

Braving the Limelight: Franklin County Fair's Got Talent

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Jan Morris of Northfield says she has always considered her talent to be writing and singing parodies. She tried several times to get her one-woman act off the ground, but her dreams always fell through because she found … 0