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Neighbors: Be kind

Monday, June 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. About once a year I feel compelled to remind myself and others to be good neighbors. I don’t necessarily mean “neighbor” in the literal sense. What I mean is that we all should be kind to everyone. Those who aren’t can never truly be happy themselves. Get out and talk with the people who live in your neighborhood and your community. Find out what you have in common … 0

Mahar 2006 record disposal

Friday, June 26, 2015

ORANGE — Anyone who withdrew from Mahar Regional School in 2006 (not a graduate of the Class of 2006) may pick up their student information folders in the Student Services Office at the school until July 10. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Any records remaining will be destroyed on July 16, according to the Mahar Student Services Office. … 0

Neighbors: Adopt an adult cat for $5 this weekend

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again, folks! Dakin Humane Society is offering its $5 cat adoption for select adult cats on Saturday and Sunday. This weekend only, you can adopt an adult cat for only $5 at both the Springfield and Leverett adoption centers from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. each day. The 40 cats up for adoption are those who, for a variety … 0

New Salem eyes Internet, highway barn

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

NEW SALEM — About $1.5 million for Internet and $175,000 for a new Highway Department barn are the outstanding requests among the 36 to be put to voters at next week’s possibly two-day annual town meeting. The meeting begins Monday at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall, with … 0

New Salem Dems to caucus Saturday

Monday, May 25, 2015

NEW SALEM — Democrats in New Salem will be holding a caucus on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Stowell Building on South Main Street. They will be electing two delegates and one alternate to the 2015 Massachusetts Democratic Convention, where Democrats from across the state will gather … 0

Neighbors: Grandparents: Share your stories

Monday, May 25, 2015

Hello, neighbor Many times in my travels throughout the county, I am stopped by other grandparents who have read about my grandsons Justin, Owen and Travis. They thank me for sharing my stories every now and then, and then they share some of their own with me. Over … 1

Neighbors: Go to a local parade and support our veterans Monday

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. It originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in that … 0

Franklin County Memorial Day events

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ashfield The Memorial Day parade on Monday begins at 10 a.m. in front of Town Hall, proceeds to Plain Cemetery and to the Veterans Memorial and Civil War Memorial, then back to Town Hall. There will be featured … 0

Neighbors: Back in Franklin County

Monday, May 18, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m back! What a lovely week we had on the water and in Bermuda. The weather was perfect and we got to see a dolphin and a whale show on the way home. I learned early on in the trip that it really is a small … 0

State OKs Eversource’s lower summer rates

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The state has approved Eversource electric rates for the summer months. On July 1, the Basic Service supply price for all residential Eversource customers in western Massachusetts will drop by about 31 percent, from 14.228 cents for the cold weather months to 9.767 cents per kilowatt-hour. Customers using … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors will return May 19

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hello neighbor. Neighbors will not be back until May 19. I am headed this morning with my friend Diane Poirier on a cruise to Bermuda. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I can’t imagine we’ll have anything but a great time. See you when I return. … 0

DeWitt wins seat on New Salem Selectboard

Monday, May 4, 2015

NEW SALEM — Lisa DeWitt won a three-year term on the Selectboard, a new name among a slate of mostly incumbents in Monday’s annual town election, with 52 votes. DeWitt was unchallenged on the ballot, which holds no contests this year. There was a 10 percent voter turnout … 0

Neighbors: Another chance to help a neighbor in need

Monday, May 4, 2015

Hello, neighbor. First, I would like to send out a “very happy birthday” to grandson Justin’s beautiful mommy Suzanne. There’s going be a benefit golf tournament with shotgun start for longtime local disc jockey Ryan Interlande, who needs a heart transplant, at Thomas Memorial Golf and Country Club … 0