Shelburne

Agricultural plastics recycling program up and running

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Four Franklin County transfer stations now accept agricultural plastics free, according to the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District. The Waste Management District implemented the program with Massachusetts Community Innovation Challenge Grant and Mass. Department of Environmental Protection grant money. Franklin County farmers may drop off plastics at any of the four collection sites, at the transfer stations in Greenfield, Charlemont/Shelburne, Deerfield and Wendell. Hours vary. The program accepts hay … 0

Pellet bag recycling program is heating up

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

According to program director Amy Donovan, the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District’s pellet bag recycling program is proving to be very popular at the thirteen municipal transfer stations offering the free program. Residents of Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Leverett, Montague, Northfield, Orange, Rowe, Shelburne, Warwick and Wendell can bring their pellet bags to their town transfer stations and the Greenfield Transfer … 0

Neighbors: Precipitation prognosticator: only two or three snowfalls left

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’ve got some good news! Winter is technically almost over and Franklin County’s precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy agrees. Farrah had counted 17 of the 23 snowfalls she predicted early this winter by Feb. 25 and, of course, we had another one this past weekend. That makes 18 snowfalls she has counted herself. But Farrah, who lives in Easthampton now, said she … 0

Letter: State police call

Sunday, March 1, 2015

When the phone rang one evening recently, and the caller ID announced that the caller was the State of Massachusetts, I was quite curious as I answered it. The caller, a lovely young woman, was calling from the Shelburne State Police Barracks to inquire whether we were missing … 0

Tech School toothbrushes to help spread smiles in Ghana. Turners woman returns for sixth dental aid trip

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Dental hygienist Heather Lonergan has made a habit of spending her vacations spreading dental health in Ghana, and this year she will go armed with toothbrushes collected by the students and staff of Franklin County … 0

Mohawk puts free preschool in $18.3 million budget plan

Friday, February 27, 2015

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee has adopted an $18,364,099 budget for the coming year, a budget that represents a 3.6 percent increase from this year’s budget. However, level-funded education and transportation aid from the state, despite rising costs, mean that Mohawk’s eight member towns … 0

Mohawk towns to vote on school district changes in annual meetings

Friday, February 27, 2015

BUCKLAND — Besides voting on the school budget and on school building repairs, annual town meeting voters will also decide on amendments to the 1995 Mohawk regional school agreement, that may give the district more flexibility to make both educational and money-saving changes. This week the full Mohawk … 0

Neighbors: Nominate the next Peacemaker Award recipients

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice are looking for nominations from throughout the county of teens who are contributing to peace and justice in the world. Having lived in the county almost all of my life, I know there … 0

Shelburne selectman to step down

Thursday, February 26, 2015

SHELBURNE — After serving nine years on the board, Selectmen’s Chairman John Payne said he will not run for re-election in this spring’s annual town election, when his current term expires. With about a month to go before … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bowling alley liquor license transfer OK’d SHELBURNE — Prospective Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley owners Anthony and Tamarack Hanna are within striking distance of buying the 109-year-old candlepin bowling center, now that selectmen have approved their request for a full-service liquor license transfer. The Hannas, who are longtime customers … 0

Arms Library to start raising the roof in spring

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Having raised at least $640,000 to “Put a Roof on It” and make other fixes to the 101-year-old Pratt Memorial Library, the Arms Library Committee, Pratt Memorial Library Building Committee, and Shelburne selectmen have hired … 0

Hilltowns face steep Internet costs

Monday, February 23, 2015

While some hilltown residents say the WiredWest broadband initiative is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring high-speed Internet into their sparsely populated towns, the smallest, unserved towns fear that, even with the state’s $40 million “last mile” funding, they can’t afford their estimated share of the cost. Colrain selectmen … 0

Shelburne to hold hearing on sign bylaw changes

Monday, February 23, 2015

SHELBURNE — How to keep the Mohawk Trail scenic but still “business friendly” to local farms, shops and commerce was one motivation for a new set of sign regulations to be developed by the town Planning Board. Another was how to keep sign clutter off of Bridge Street … 0