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Weekly Town Meetings

Friday, July 31, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Master Plan Steering Committee: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Conservation Commission: Monday 6:15 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Assessors: Thursday 4:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Colrain Conservation Commission: Tuesday 7 p.m. in Town Office. Board of Health: Wednesday 6:30 p.m. in Old Town Office, Jacksonville Road. Conway … 0

4-H Dairy Show this weekend

Friday, July 31, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Franklin County Fairgrounds will be filled with children and cows from all over the state this weekend, Aug. 1 and 2, for the State 4-H Dairy Show. According to organizer Carrie Sears of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Extension, the 58 4-H students, ages 11 to 18, are all competing … 0

Neighbors: Don’t leave children or pets in vehicles

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Today I want to talk to you good folks about leaving children and pets in vehicles this summer. Please don’t! Leaving them in a hot vehicle could be deadly. If you are out and about with your child — brining him or her to day care, for instance — and it’s … 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

Orange energy group says juice is flowing

Sunday, July 12, 2015

ORANGE — Town of Orange ad hoc Energy Committee recently announced that after one year of operation, the agreement to purchase solar electric power from the Warren “C” facility has met expectations, saving the town budget more than $128,000 in electricity costs. The Town of Orange is the … 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

Letter: Where’s Rosenberg?

Thursday, July 9, 2015

The pipeline has been in the news lately. Stanley Rosenberg has been in the news lately. Why has he yet to adhere to his constituents’ wishes and publicly oppose the pipeline? His silence is deafening. And his lack of courage on this issue thumbs his nose on his … 0

Mental health workers union plans strike: Slams Clinical and Support Options productivity requirement, says 1/3 of workers’ wages near poverty level

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

GREENFIELD — With contract negotiations fruitless since October, union employees of a substantial mental health provider plan a strike on July 22. Clinical and Support Options management announced the impasse in negotiations and the planned strike in a statement characterizing the union’s position as a demand to be … 0

Orange Community Band to play Children’s Night concert Friday

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Orange Community Band will perform the annual Children’s Night Concert Friday, July 10, at 7:30 p.m. on the Bandstand in Orange. Stephanie Parker will conduct the concert, which is sponsored by the Lyman and Kilhart families. Tim Sweeney is master of ceremonies, and he will be directing … 0

Teens arrested in beer, Slim Jim heist

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

ORANGE — Two 17-year-old boys were arrested on charges of stealing alcohol and Slim Jims, following a break-in at Mike’s Place, a bar and grill on East River Street. Responding to a call that a burglary appeared to be in progress lat Tuesday night, police found the back … 0