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The Cosby property on Bardwells Ferry Road in Shelburne with closed gates and signs asking for privacy; “If you are not invited do not pass through these gates.
Recorder/Paul Franz

Residents vexed by hype over Cosby allegations

Thursday, December 18, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Sawyer News Co., with its spread of local and national newspapers and racks of magazines, has always been the place to go for news. The headlines on newspapers and the gossipy tabloids often spark lively comments. But these days, when comedian Bill Cosby — Shelburne’s most famous resident — is in the bold tabloid headlines, not many … 0

Neighbors: Take advantage of technology, but don’t let it rule you

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. I just wanted to finish what I started on Tuesday, if you don’t mind. I seem to be on my soapbox this week, so please bear with me. I guess I’m just filled with the joy of the season and want to share it with you. I’d like to remind you of something else — I talked about volunteering, doing something … 0

Letter: Defend Christmas!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

With unmatched lethality, the left-wing atheists spit out like a curse to rename the Christmas tree as an Holiday Tree. Speaking with zeal I defend the traditional Christian name and exhort the powers to be in the great city of Holyoke to reject any petition to take out the name of the Christmas tree. This attempt to rename the Christmas tree is government’s … 0

Glass artist Josh Simpson buys Singley’s in Shelburne Falls

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS ­­— The former Singley’s Furniture building now belongs to renowned glass artist Josh Simpson of Shelburne. Simpson, who also owns the Salmon Falls Artisans Showroom across the Deerfield River, outbid two competitors for the building, buying … 0

Tech picks principal for supt.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MONTAGUE — In something of a surprise to some on the committee, particularly those who were not present, the Franklin Technical School District Committee voted to promote the school’s principal and assistant superintendent to the top job come … 0

Comcast TV hearing set for Shelburne

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

SHELBURNE ­— Representatives from Comcast Cable Corp. will be coming to Monday’s Board of Selectmen’s meeting for a public hearing and “Performance Evaluation,” held under the terms of the license agreement between the town and Comcast. The hearing begins at 7:30 p.m. The purpose of the hearing is … 0

Survey finds too little affordable housing in Franklin County, especially for poorest residents

Monday, December 8, 2014

Since her husband died a year and a half ago, “Marion,” as we’ll call her, has been struggling with how to afford to keep living in their seven-room home in northern Franklin County. Rather than use her savings … 0

Expert: Rural communities need extra help providing affordable homes

Monday, December 8, 2014

With what she called “fairly significant low- and moderate-income” populations and a steadily increasing over-65 population — along with an older stock of overwhelmingly single-family homes — rural communities like those in Franklin County need help in providing affordable housing, a consultant has told regional planners. The quasi-governmental … 0

Studio/gallery space draws woodworker Kuklinski to Shelburne

Monday, December 8, 2014

SHELBURNE — New ventures are starting up at the former “Jed’s Cider Shed” on the Mohawk Trail. While fresh-cut Christmas trees are being sold outdoors, a new woodworking studio/gallery has opened at 1400 Mohawk Trail. Thomas E. Kuklinski … 0

Neighbors: Santa to call kids on Dec. 22

Monday, December 8, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are quickly approaching the holidays and that means children will once again this year have the opportunity to receive a call from Santa. The Scottish Rite Masons in the Valley of Greenfield will be making “Telephone Calls from Santa Claus” on Dec. 22. Last year … 0

Mohawk may ask Rowe to join 8-town district

Monday, December 8, 2014

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee will vote Wednesday to ask Rowe to join Mohawk as a Grade 7 through 12 member town that will have a vote on secondary education policies and pay an assessment instead of tuition for its students to go to Mohawk. … 0

Pilot ‘cable towns’ explore last-mile broadband costs

Sunday, December 7, 2014

While hilltowns without high-speed Internet in the WiredWest collaborative consider how to finance a last-mile fiber optic network, 16 partially served “cable towns” are also trying to figure out how much it will cost to expand Comcast’s cable network to reach every home within their town borders. With … 0

Shelburne Falls Women’s Club program canceled

Friday, December 5, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Shelburne Falls Area Women’s Club has canceled its program “Women’s Roles in The Underground Railroad” on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. due to presenters’ family emergencies. The program will be rescheduled for spring. Instead, the program will be “Stories from Women’s Handicrafts.” Members and their guests … 0