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‘One of Greenfield’s libraries’: Franklin County remembers public servant William B. Allen

Monday, October 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Longtime public servant William B. Allen died Saturday, and town officials and leaders say his passing is a big loss to the town, because he was one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable public servants they’ve ever known. “I look at Bill’s passing like one of Greenfield’s libraries just burned down,” said Scott Conti, chairman of the Board of Licensing Commissioners, which Allen chaired for many years after he retired. “He had such deep knowledge of the infrastructure of the town. Any time you run water, or flush a toilet or drive on a road, Bill had a piece of that.” Town officials … 0

Neighbors: Have fun at Celebrate the harvest Festival in Orange

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to celebrate fall — this wonderful time of year — head over to Orange on Sunday, where at 9 a.m. the Celebrate the Harvest Festival begins at the airport. There will be a car show, craft fair (you can start that holiday shopping), food vendors and a parade down East River Street at 1 p.m. The parade’s theme … 0

Letter: The Mohawk team

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Mohawk Trail School Regional School District recently elected me, Kirby (Lark) Thwing, as its new chair and Martha Thurber as vice chair. I replace Robert Aeschback, chair for the last 10 years, who has moved from the district. As I assume this post, I think it’s appropriate to explain some of the key differences between the roles of the School Committee and … 0

Heath woman killed, Buckland man arrested in fatal Friday Route 2 hit-and-run

Sunday, October 4, 2015

SHELBURNE — A three-vehicle crash on Route 2 Friday afternoon left one person dead and led to the arrest of another on drunken driving, vehicular homicide and hit-and-run charges. The crash claimed the life of 51-year-old Sarah Sessions … 0

Mohawk pleased with MCAS results

Friday, October 2, 2015

BUCKLAND ­— Although the state isn’t releasing its statewide accountability data until late November, Superintendent of Schools Michael Buoniconti says the results of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test scores show encouraging student progress has been made. According … 0

Neighbors: Local organization head raises money for hungry

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Sept. 27, Andrew Morehouse, the executive editor of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, pedalled 100 miles through Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire to help end hunger in western Massachusetts. The food bank’s 5th annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event raised more than … 1

Online fundraisers started for Shelburne Falls fire victims

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Friends and family members of the three people who lost their homes to a fire Monday morning have created online fundraisers to help them. Lamia Holland and John Heddens, who lived upstairs in the 32-34 … 0

Shelburne Falls blaze displaces three people, pets

Monday, September 28, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — What first appeared to be a small fire on a second-floor porch quickly became a structure fire Monday morning at 32-34 Ashfield St. State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan was called to assist in investigating … 1

Neighbors: Great River Challenge to be held Sunday

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Great River Challenge Off-Road Triathlon will be held in Northfield on Sunday. Paddle, run trails and mountain bike. Doesn’t that sound like fun — and a lot of hard work? The triathlon was created to foster greater awareness of the upper Pioneer Valley and what … 0

Dam work lowers Falls water levels

Sunday, September 27, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — For the past two weeks, the Deerfield River water level has been extremely low while TransCanada workers make concrete repairs to the dam at the village’s heart. For some residents in the village, this has … 0

West County Cider offers weekend tasting room

Sunday, September 27, 2015

SHELBURNE CENTER — West County Cider is now offering weekend tastings and sales of its ciders, plus breads, cheeses and other fare at 106 Bardwells Ferry Road, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through … 0

Police pursuit policies assess risks in chases

Thursday, September 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — While fleeing a State Police cruiser Sept. 18, a sedan carrying four adults and two children went airborne off a highway exit ramp and rolled over multiple times, leaving occupants with what police called minor injuries. … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy autumn in New England

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hello neighbor. Autumn is here. What a wonderful time , especially in New England. So, don’t start worrying and obsessing about winter. Instead, take time to enjoy the present — the beautiful colors, the crispness of the air, the comfy, warm clothes you get to pull from your … 0