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Andrews blasts mailing as ‘misleading attack’

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Rep. Denise Andrews, D-Orange, is lashing out against what she says is a “misleading attack mailing” by the conservative advocacy organization Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance “on behalf of the Republican party,” criticizing her voting record as her re-election campaign gets underway. The two-term incumbent, who faces a second Republican challenge by Athol Selectman Susannah Whipps Lee, said in a written statement Sunday that a second mailing by Mass. Fiscal Alliance — which describes itself as “an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to fiscal responsibility in government,” but whose favored candidates reads like a roster of Republican legislators — is filled with misrepresentations of her voting record. … 0

Shelter from the harm

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — By January 2015, victims of child abuse and sexual assault in Franklin County will have a safe and comfortable place to report the incidents to police and medical professionals. The Northwestern Children’s Advocacy Project, is renovating an old house on Wisdom Way to serve as a child-friendly center where a multidisciplinary … 0

Sustainable film fest seeks submissions

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — There’s still time to get your short film into the running for the third annual Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival. Films seven minutes or shorter on sustainable living will be accepted until Oct. 17. The top films will be screened and awards announced starting at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in Greenfield Community College. Each film must focus on a sustainable … 0

Sunday’s Dana Vespers concert goes on

Friday, July 18, 2014

NEW SALEM — Just like the four towns that were flooded to create Quabbin Reservoir, a memorial concert planned for Sunday almost disappeared. But following a reversal of a decision that would have seized control of the First Universalist Parish of North Dana’s trust funds last month, the … 0

Neighbors: Local writers publish book of short memoirs

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. A wonderful group of local writers has published another book. “Days and Moments, Moments and Days,” by Well Done Writers, is now available at World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield and Boswell’s Books in Shelburne Falls. Our neighbor Janet Keyes, who happens to be one of the … 0

New Salem to hold Old Home Day Saturday

Monday, July 14, 2014

NEW SALEM — Contrary to popular belief and song lyrics, it IS easy being green, according to organizers of Saturday’s Old Home Day. The annual event, dubbed “How Easy it is Bein’ Green,” will focus on sustainability and the adage “reduce, reuse, recycle.” The town has “reduced” its … 0

Neighbors: Where’s your favorite spot in Franklin County?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Hello neighbor. If you haven’t been to Shelburne Falls in a while, why not make plans now to be there on Saturday for the Shelburne Falls Art Walk from 4 to 8 p.m.? Just follow the decorated shoes throughout the village to find a variety of art, including … 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

Quabbin memorial concert tradition continues following months of scrutiny

Sunday, July 6, 2014

NEW SALEM — Members of The First Universalist Parish of North Dana are overjoyed that they will be able to continue providing concerts in area churches in memory of the drowned Quabbin towns. The parish’s concert series was in jeopardy due to a review of its trust by … 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

Denise Andrews’ challengers hit on budget comments

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Both Republican challengers for the North Quabbin’s legislative seat took aim at incumbent Rep. Denise Andrews, D-Orange, for saying that she had not read the state budget but planned to vote for it anyway. The comment was made on the House floor during Monday’s debate, before last-minute passage … 0