Shelburne

Shelburne Free Public Librarian Elizabeth Antaya with artifactws from the life of Fidelia Fiske.  Recorder/Paul Franz

Shelburne Free Library to archive historic Fidelia Fiske collection

Friday, March 27, 2015

SHELBURNE — When Elizabeth Antaya became director of the Shelburne Free Public Library last April, she got a parting bonus from retiring librarian Libby Burnham: a box of letters and items that once belonged to Fidelia Fiske — the first single woman missionary to travel to Persia (now Iran) in the 1800s. “Libby handed me this box and said, ‘This … 0

Lamson & Goodnow moving to Westfield; Property sold to Ashfield man

Friday, March 27, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — After 178 years in Shelburne Falls, Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co. will be moving to Westfield. Chief Operating Officer James Pelletier said that on Thursday he signed a lease, which takes effect on April 1. The lease was signed a day after 12.5 acres of Lamson’s 18-acre property and buildings … 0

'A betrayal of what's right': Combat trauma expert focuses on ‘moral injury’ of war

Friday, March 27, 2015

“I haven’t really slept for 20 years. I lie down, but I don’t sleep. I’m always watching the door, the window, then back to the door. I get up at least five times to walk ... sometimes it’s 10 or 15 times. There’s always something within reach, maybe a baseball bat or a … 0

Neighbors: Area wildlife needs our help

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Medicine Mammals in Wendell needs our help. The local Native American nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation center is hoping to raise money to help care for the orphaned and injured wild animals that made their way to the center this winter. Loril Moondream, wildlife rehabilitator and owner of … 0

Shelburne Falls Area Business Association auction Saturday

Thursday, March 26, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Celebrate spring Saturday at the 19th annual Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association Spring Auction. Enjoy the live auction, silent auction, local beer, wines and food while supporting programs that benefit the business association’s ten hilltowns. Tickets this year are $10 and admission includes a … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 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