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Ponte, serving fresh local food, has opened on Bridge Street in Shelburne Falls by Michael Collins, Pacifico "Tony" Palumbo, Nicole Vezina and Paul Forth.  Recorder/Paul Franz

New spot by bridge offers Mexican fare in Shelburne Falls

Thursday, March 26, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Shelburne Falls has Bridge Street, the Iron Bridge and the Bridge of Flowers. Now it has a new little eatery near all these bridges. “Ponte” is Spanish for “bridge,” and Ponte Restaurante , set up by former Green Emporium restaurateurs Chef Michael Collins and Pacifico “Tony” Palumbo, offers Mexican-style dishes, tacos, baked goods, soups, chili, cubanos and … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Election deadlines near SHELBURNE — Residents have until Monday to submit nomination papers to Town Clerk Joseph Judd, if they wish to run in this spring’s annual election. So far, said Judd, there are no election contests, and a few vacancies with no candidates: a one-year unexpired seat on the Planning Board and a three-year seat on the Shelburne Free Public Library board … 0

‘Sweetheart’ restaurant owner dies

Monday, March 23, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — The woman who bought the former Sweetheart Restaurant last July has died, according to an obituary published Sunday in The Boston Globe. Mauricia “Maury” Alvarez, 65, died Feb. 27, in her Conway home, according to the obituary. It does not name any relatives, but describes her as a beloved mother, … 0

Neighbors: Learn about volunteer opportunity with local support team

Monday, March 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. I want to tell you about a great group that’s been serving our community for several years. Community Crisis Support Team, a program of Clinical & Support Options, will host its annual free 15-hour new volunteer training on May 7, 12 and 14 from 4 to … 0

Shelburne public hearing Weds. on large-scale solar farms bylaw

Sunday, March 22, 2015

SHELBURNE — The Planning Board has drafted a bylaw for electricity-generating solar farms that take up between one and 10 acres. They will hold a public hearing on the proposal Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall. The purpose of the bylaw is to provide standards for the … 0

Slow start to syrup season; maple producers holding out hope

Sunday, March 22, 2015

SHELBURNE — By this time most years, Chip Hager would have boiled a dozen batches of maple sap down to syrup. This is not most years. “We’ve only boiled twice this year,” Hager said Saturday. “Usually, we’d start … 0

Creative economy survey planned for Shelburne Falls area

Friday, March 20, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — To start a new initiative called “Connecting Commerce & Community,” the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association is asking artists, cultural groups and businesses within its 10 West County towns to take a survey that will help the business association determine what it can do … 0

Town meetings next week

Friday, March 20, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Library Trustees: Monday 7 p.m. in Library. Bernardston Finance Committee: Monday 6:45 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of … 0

Neighbors: Use all of your senses to greet spring

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Happy spring everyone! It’s time to get out into the sun and enjoy — those cold, grey days are almost behind us. Yes, it will be a little muddy, but who cares after being holdup all winter? Temps are working their way into the 30s and … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Hawley hosting rabies clinic, dog licensing HAWLEY — A Rabies Vaccination Clinic will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Town Office, 8 Pudding Hollow Road. Rabies vaccinations are $20 each. Please bring prior vaccination history to receive a three-year vaccination. ResQ Microchipping will … 0

Mohawk junior wins poetry prize

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

BUCKLAND — Sequoia LeBreux of Shelburne Falls, a junior at Mohawk Trail Regional High, has won the statewide Helen Creeley Student Poetry Prize and will read her winning poems at the childhood home of renowned poet Robert Creeley, … 0

Model alumni: Buckland man builds Arms Academy replica

Monday, March 16, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Arnold Purinton, Class of 1959, thought he knew the Arms Academy building inside and out — until he started to build a replica of his alma mater. “As many thousands of times as I’d seen … 0

Neighbors: Father and daughter recovering nicely after kidney transplant

Monday, March 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Tim Ollari is doing well after receiving a kidney from his daughter Stephanie last Thursday. Stephanie says Tim looks like a new person — full of life again. She, on the other hand, had … 0