Letter: A special place

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Recently, an email message was received from our Mohawk district superintendent, Michael Buoniconti, touting measured successes over the last eight years. In hard numbers and graphs, Buoniconti shares that the percentage of district students achieving proficient or higher in English language arts AND math has trended positively for several years, now both exceeding the state average. Congratulations to those who made, instituted and continue to carry out changes that encourage … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the … 0

Strawbale house in Buckland blows down energy waste

Sunday, November 22, 2015

BUCKLAND — The future strawbale duplex home of Mike Desorgher, Bob Grignaffini, and their young families is situated in a 23-acre lot atop Crittenden Hill, hidden from the roadside along a winding driveway. Grignaffini’s side of the house is nearing completion, and he hopes his family of five will be able to move … 0

Shelburne Falls’ Moonlight Magic starts Yule season

Sunday, November 22, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — The day after Thanksgiving may be “Black Friday” but not in Shelburne Falls, where a “festival of lights “ and an evening of late-night shopping are highlights of the annual Moonlight Magic, on Nov. 27 … 0

Shelburne Falls VFW meeting tonight at 7

Sunday, November 22, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8503 continues its monthly meeting today at 7 p.m. in the VFW. The club is in the midst of real-estate dealings and other business, necessitating the extra meetings. Regularly scheduled monthly meetings will also continue to be held. … 0

West County Notebook

Friday, November 20, 2015

Wheeler resigns from Shelburne pipeline panel SHELBURNE — Planning Board Chairman John Wheeler has resigned as the board’s delegate to the town’s Pipeline Advisory Committee, and selectmen will ask the Planning Board to select a replacement to represent their board. After accepting his resignation with much regret, Selectman … 0

West County Notebook

Friday, November 20, 2015

Colrain Solarize meeting COLRAIN — Those interested in installing solar electric systems in their homes or businesses may want to attend a Solarize Colrain meeting Monday from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Town Office. The meeting is also open to residents of neighboring towns who may wish … 0

Neighbors: Local youngster learn about and teach composting

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Fourth-grade students at The Discovery School at Four Corners recently learned about taking notes, paragraphing, composing informational text, and formulating an opinion through a study of composting, according to their teacher Marguerite Rancourt. All students read … 0

Letter: Pushing liberal agenda

Thursday, November 19, 2015

I am a parent with children in the Mohawk School District who has serious concerns about liberal indoctrination. Teachers and administrators are actively encouraging students to wear purple in support of homosexual and transgender lifestyles. The school even had someone from the “Mohawk Sexuality and Gender Alliance” come … 5

Lawmakers grapple with details of solar law

Monday, November 16, 2015

Among the top priorities for legislators before leaving for their end-of-year break Wednesday is fixing the state’s program that allows solar-electricity-producing businesses and municipalities to sell power back to the grid at retail rates. The current caps on … 2

Local filmmaker hits the road to speak for community co-ops

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Filmmaker Steve Alves is on a roll again, raising money once more for his documentary, “Food for Change.” But this time, the campaign for the 2013 film that began as a short promo for Green Fields Market has … 0

FRCOG seeks town approvals for regional emergency shelters

Sunday, November 15, 2015

When the next tornado, flood or power-killing snowstorm paralyzes Franklin County towns, will there be accessible shelters out of harm’s way for evacuees? In the two years after the Franklin County Regional Shelter Plan was introduced, Patricia Smith, senior land use planner for the Franklin County Regional Council … 0

Living in a movie set: Reflections of a Shelburne Falls resident

Sunday, November 15, 2015

If you’ve lived in Shelburne Falls more than 18 months, you can’t walk down Bridge Street without a memory or two of a movie star sighting or extras waiting day after day on the sidewalks for “Action!” Everyone … 0