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Briel Gibson, 17, of Shelburne Falls carries a new friend she made this summer at a Lakota Indian reservation in South Dakota. Submitted photo.

Mohawk teenager’s summer to remember

Sunday, October 19, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Ask Briel Gibson, 17, of Shelburne Falls how she spent her summer vacation, and she’s likely to tell you one of three things: 1) She spent two weeks rooting out invasive plant species from the shores of Peddocks Island in the Boston Harbor Islands National Park. 2) She traveled to South Korea as a student ambassador of the United Church of Christ (UCC) summer camp, staying with Korean families. 3) She helped to build a new house and met teenagers in the extremely poor Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota. Quite a summer for this Mohawk Trail Regional School senior, … 0

Transportation ‘windfall:’ Mohawk proposes revolving fund

Friday, October 17, 2014

BUCKLAND — With the state paying 90 percent — instead of 60 percent — of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s $750,000 reimbursable school bus costs this year, four member towns have asked Mohawk to refund part of their school assessments that were based on the lower estimate of state regional school transportation aid. To address this, the Mohawk district may ask member … 0

Neighbors: Flash: Lobster pierogi make debut at Turners Falls Pumpkinfest

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Lots to tell you about today, so I’m going to get right to it. I’m heading to the Franklin County Pumpkinfest on Avenue A in Turners Falls with grandson Justin and his mommy (Suzanne) later on Saturday afternoon, so I’ll see you there! The fun starts at 2 p.m. and doesn’t … 0

Mohawk mulls bill for 4-day school week

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BUCKLAND — While any prospect of a four-day school week is still several years away, Superintendent Michael Buoniconti has asked the Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee to let state Rep. Paul Mark file special legislation that could make … 0

FRCOG hopes to build online disaster map

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BUCKLAND — When Tropical Storm Irene pounded Franklin County, emergency responders and isolated residents cut off by storm damage suddenly found a new use for Twitter and Facebook on their cellphones: asking others about, and reporting on local washouts, flooding and downed trees. Now, the Franklin Regional Council … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy autumn while you can

Monday, October 6, 2014

Hello neighbor. Can you believe it? The leaves are falling from the trees as the crisp days of fall nudge us toward the bitter chill of winter. There are only three full moons left this year: the Full … 0

Arms Library to ‘put a roof on it’ in spring

Monday, October 6, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Arms Library “Put a Roof on It” campaign has raised $535,000 — enough to start construction next spring for the 101-year-old library’s critical roof replacement, says fundraising chairwoman Whit Sanford. But at least $315,000 … 0

West County Notebook

Friday, October 3, 2014

Reception for fiber art show in Shelburne Falls Sunday SHELBURNE FALLS — On Sunday, the Shelburne Arts Cooperative hosts an opening reception of “From the Ground Up” featuring fiber art inspired by nature, created by Flo Rosenstock. The reception is from 2 to 5 p.m. Flo Rosenstock’s son, … 0

Neighbors: Help for a little cemetery

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hello neighbor. I recently learned of another example of people working together to help make our community a little nicer. Inmates at the jail went to a small cemetery on Bernardston Road this week to paint the old, faded fence that surrounds Log Plain Cemetery. Many of you … 0

Free scarecrow workshop Sunday

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Among the planned Mohawk Trail 100th anniversary celebrations this fall will be a Route 2, Athol-to-Williamston parade of scarecrows on the weekend of Oct. 17 to 19. The scarecrows will have a place of honor along the Mohawk Trail, and The Art Garden wants to … 0

Trolley Museum makes room for 2

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum is on track to double its appeal. It plans to restore and feature a second antique trolley in its rolling stock. A $110,000 car barn will be built to store … 0

Letter: Supporting seniors

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lynne Kelsey is right. I did ask that $8,500 be transferred from the treasury of the Friends of West County Seniors to the Senior Center Foundation. Lynne failed to say where the money that I requested came from. Many of the funds were sent in response to letters … 0

Town Meetings, Sept. 29-Oct. 4

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ashfield Planning Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 7:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Energy Committee: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation … 0