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Readers visit Trolley Museum

Friday, July 3, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Arms Library is kicking off its Superhero Summer Reading Program with a visit to the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum. This event is open to all children (and their families) who have signed up with their local library summer reading program. They will be invited to this free event at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum on July 9, from 10 a.m. to noon. Participating libraries are Belding … 0

Neighbors: Green River Festival around the corner

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again — the countdown is just seven days. The Green River Festival will be held July 10, 11 and 12 at Greenfield Community College, and there are a limited number of tickets left, so you’d better hurry. The 2015 lineup includes lots of return musicians and a few … 0

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. … 0

Wilson wins Rowe re-election

Sunday, May 17, 2015

ROWE — Selectmen’s Chairwoman Marilyn Wilson won a second term in a close race with former selectman Paul McClatchy III, taking 91 votes to McClatchy’s 72. Of the town’s 270 registered voters, 62 percent cast ballots. A ballot question asking voters if they want to exempt Rowe’s $860,000 … 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

Letter: Dangerous mindset

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Christopher Farrell of Berkshire Gas said that people who opposed Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipeline engaged in “a little eco-terrorism” and “care only about imposing their personal philosophy and agenda. ... They sure don’t care about the local economy.” The Recorder editorial said this comment “lacked tact,” but it … 0

Rowe ballot has 2-way selectman’s seat contest

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

ROWE — Selectman’s Chairwoman Marilyn Wilson is facing a re-election challenge from former Selectman Paul McLatchy III in Saturday’s annual town election. Wilson is seeking her second term on the Board of Selectmen, which she has been chairing for the last two years. McLatchy served as selectman for … 1

Rowe unanimous on broadband

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

ROWE — The town is ready to pay for its share of a $1.3 million fiber-optic broadband build-out for this town of roughly 400 people. Annual town meeting voters unanimously agreed to borrow $860,000 for Rowe’s share of the cost, as laid out under the WiredWest initiative for … 0

Buckland-Shelburne Elementary climbs from a ‘lowest-’ to a ‘highest-performing’ school

Monday, May 11, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — In 2011, the Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School MCAS scores caused the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to declare BSE a “Level 3” school, which meant it was among the lowest-performing 20 percent of schools … 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

No easy answers for Charlemont Ambulance certification

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

CHARLEMONT — While the three-town Charlemont Ambulance Department is in danger of having its certification pulled at the end of the month, officials say the problem isn’t in the ambulance service itself. It’s not in Charlemont, Hawley or … 0

Buckland voters back Mohawk budget

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

BUCKLAND — By a 65-48 paper ballot vote, Buckland annual town meeting voters approved a $1.9 million Mohawk Trail Regional School District operating assessment, which includes the town’s share of new costs for the district’s free half-day preschool. This gives Mohawk eight out of the 10 weighted votes … 0

Rowe to vote on broadband funding, budget Monday

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

ROWE — With more than the minimum required number of households preregistered for broadband services to be offered through the WiredWest collaborative, Rowe is now ready to vote on borrowing $860,000 as its share of the cost for a townwide fiber optic network. The annual town meeting takes … 0