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The path around the TransCanada forebay, popular with local dog-walkers, has recently been closed by the company. Recorder/Diane Broncaccio

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 them keep using a path near hydro electric station No. 3. It’s a path behind the old Lamson & Goodnow buildings that people have walked along for at least a century. TransCanada representative Matthew Cole and land agent Brandon Kibbe gave reasons why the energy company has posted no-trespassing signs around a man-made holding pool, known as a forebay. They explained how the water is piped into … 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 your child — brining him or her to day care, for instance — and it’s … 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 month, would be enough to meet the costs of the municipal broadband cooperative’s last-mile fiber-optic … 1

FRTA proposes Montague-Greenfield line cut

Monday, July 20, 2015

MONTAGUE — Riders on the Route 22 bus line between Montague and Greenfield may see changes as early as this fall if a proposal by the Franklin Regional Transit Authority to discontinue the line and combine it with the Route 32 line between Orange and Greenfield is put … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy some ice cream this week

Monday, July 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. Did you know that the origins of ice cream go way back to before ancient Roman times? Emperors would order ice be brought from mountains and covered with fruit. Over time, recipes for ices, sherbets, and … 0

Even the chickens got to ride

Sunday, July 19, 2015

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Bridge of Flowers Road Race to end with first music festival

Friday, July 17, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — For many years, local musicians at crucial locations along the Bridge of Flowers Road Race have cheered on the runners with uplifting music. This year, the anticipated 1,200 runners and their families will also have … 0

Weekly Town Meetings, July 20-25

Friday, July 17, 2015

Ashfield Board of Health: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Assessors: Wednesday 11 a.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Special town meeting: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Hawlemont Regional School Committee: Tuesday 4:30 p.m. in Hawlemont. Colrain … 0

School, officials hope to revise Mohawk District agreement

Thursday, July 16, 2015

BUCKLAND — In a way, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District agreement is a lot like Mark Twain’s quote about the weather: “Everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything about it.” The unwieldy agreement has been a huge topic of conversation for years among the nine towns … 0

Neighbors: Reunion planned on Catamount Hill in Colrain

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. The 29th Quinquennial Reunion of families who settled Catamount Hill, an historic section of Colrain, will be held Aug. 1 at Colrain Central School, 22 Jacksonville Road. The gathering will begin at 10 a.m. and there will be a guided hike on Catamount Hill on Aug. … 0

Trolley Museum adds Arms Academy replica in time for Saturday’s Trolley Fest

Thursday, July 16, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Just in time for Trolley Fest, the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum has a new attraction: A 4½-foot-tall replica of the old Arms Academy high school, which educated most West County students from 1880 to 1967. … 0

Area businesses implement new sick time law

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

GREENFIELD — The state’s new earned sick time law went into effect earlier this month, but many Franklin County employers say it hasn’t changed their operations all that much. Under the new law, passed by voter referendum in the fall, Massachusetts companies with more than 11 employees must … 0

FRTA discusses disabled bus access

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — At a recent hearing, the public, with members of the Transit Advisory Committee of the Franklin Regional Transit Authority, briefly discussed the state-required Comprehensive Service Analysis and brought up concerns that may affect disabled riders. Before the meeting concluded, Whately resident Barbara Orloski and her husband … 0