Attendees of an orchard party in Shelburne Falls hosted by Artifact Cider Project and West County Cider mingle in a field on Peckville Road which was formerly an orchard, Sunday August 2.  Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

There’s hard cider in them thar hills

Monday, August 3, 2015

SHELBURNE — Field Maloney said that back in the 1980s, when his parents Judith and Terry Maloney started West County Cider, there were no hard cider businesses. “In the ’80s and ’90s, it was lonely and we fought the good fight, believing in cider,” Maloney said. “It’s nice now feeling redeemed because now people want cider. But we still have … 0

Neighbors: Dick Henry receives highest Moose honor

Monday, August 3, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’d like to congratulate Richard “Dick” Henry of Greenfield, a member of Greenfield Lodge No. 997 Loyal Order of Moose, who has received the Pilgrim Degree of Merit, which is the highest honor bestowed a member. The degree, currently held by very few throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Bermuda, is the order’s ultimate reward for exceptional devotion to … 0

Popular Buckland path reopened to public

Monday, August 3, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Within 48 hours of a well-attended public meeting, TransCanada announced it will not close off a path that has been used by residents for over 100 years, and which has become a favorite neighborhood spot for walking dogs. But the dogs must now be on leashes, and the pool of … 0

Letter: Prepared to fight

Monday, August 3, 2015

For health reasons, I could not attend the FERC scoping session on July 29. Therefore, I will write what I intended to speak. The FERC representatives in attendance were being paid to listen. In the pockets of the corporation, it is clear their decision is already made to … 0

How many more?

Friday, July 31, 2015

Until recently, Bill Cosby was Shelburne’s most famous resident for reasons that he could be proud of. Now, the television star’s name is prominent again for another reason: a growing number of women have come forward since last … 0

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. … 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 … 0

Crowd seeks access on TransCanada path in Shelburne Falls

Thursday, July 30, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — On a sweltering night, when a cooling walk along the waters of the TransCanada forebay would have been just the ticket, about 45 residents sat in a stuffy meeting room, asking TransCanada officials to let … 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 … 0

WiredWest awaits state approval of business plan

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) has not yet evaluated WiredWest’s business plan but is preparing to, according to MBI Director Eric Nakajima. The issue came up last week in Colrain, when selectmen and Crocker Communications sales director Bill Stathis discussed whether WiredWest’s minimum broadband service fee, $49 per … 1

West County Notebook

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Shelburne needs two for Finance Committe SHELBURNE — The town is seeking at least two residents to serve on the Finance Committee. Currently there are vacancies for a one-year term and a full, three-year term. Interested residents should contact Town Moderator Sylvia Smith either by phone at 413-625-9248 … 0

For 'Blossom Brigade,' volunteering to keep Bridge of Flowers blooming is labor of love

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — In the days when Karen Winkler of Manchester, Conn., was just a visitor — not a steady volunteer — on the Bridge of Flowers, she marvelled at how picture-perfect the bridge always looked. “I was … 0

Low rivers cause water limits for Shelburne Falls residents

Monday, July 27, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Effective immediately the Shelburne Falls Fire District is imposing mandatory restrictions on nonessential outdoor water use between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., due to flow conditions in the North River adjacent to two wells. When the U.S.G.S. stream-flow sensor drops below 44.5 cubic feet per … 0