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Town officials mull Mohawk regional changes

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BUCKLAND — With enrollment in the 250-square-mile Mohawk Trail Regional School District dipping below 1,000, town officials on the Long Range Planning Committee are talking about consolidating elementary grades within the district’s four elementary schools, seeking statewide changes in how Chapter 70 state educational aid is calculated, and dropping the quest for 100 percent regional transportation reimbursement in favor of scheduling high school bus service based on use — not … 0

Falls Cable seeks volunteers, more local shows

Monday, November 24, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — After investing $60,000 in new television and broadcasting equipment, Falls Cable TV Corp. is seeking volunteers and ideas for more shows about the local community. Besides broadcasting selectmen’s meetings, this local-access cable station also airs programs that give a slice-of-life from West County. For instance, residents who grew up on … 0

Neighbors: Looks like a harsh winter ahead; take care of each other

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. First, I’d like to wish you a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving. Enjoy your friends and family — that’s what great memories are made of. I’m waiting to hear from our local precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy to see what she believes the winter has in store for the county. Until then, … 0

Arms Library celebrates 100th birthday Sunday

Thursday, November 13, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — About 150 years ago, when the number of privately owned books were few and precious, the Shelburne Falls Circulating Library lent books to members who could afford $1 for membership and a 50-cent annual fee. … 0

Neighbors: TFHS to hold its fourth all-class reunion

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hello neighbor. Hey, it’s that time of year again — my alma mater, Turners Falls High School (Class of 1976 and proud of it) is holding its Alumni Association’s fourth annual All-Class Reunion the day after Thanksgiving. It will be held on the nightclub side of Between the … 0

Cash-strapped Lamson seeks worker pay cuts

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — As part of its bankruptcy restructuring, Lamson & Goodnow is asking its union workers to accept a $2-an-hour pay cut and to forgo company-supported health insurance coverage. Negotiations for a new contract between the 147-year old cutlery manufacturer and its 13 members of Local 274, … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Art talk Friday in Buckland BUCKLAND — Artist Jim Murphy of Ashfield will give a talk on “A Journey through the Landscape” at the Friends of Robert Strong Woodward’s annual meeting on Friday at 7 p.m. in The Mary Lyon Church, 17 Upper St. The even begins with … 0

Neighbors: It doesn’t take much to help feed our hungry

Monday, November 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was visiting with 2-year-old twin grandsons Owen and Travis the other night while daughter Christina went running — she didn’t get her passion for strenuous exercise from me — and as I watched them eat their chicken, rice, squash, yogurt and applesauce with reckless abandon, … 0

‘Unforgettable’ play based on Korean War love letters

Friday, November 7, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — A woman, packing up her family home after the death of her parents, comes across a suitcase full of love letters from the Korean War, “and we are transported back to two young people separated … 0

Nader stops in at Clark’s Corvair

Friday, November 7, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Ralph Nader, the consumer rights advocate whose first claim to fame was his fight against the “Unsafe at Any Speed” 1960-1964 Corvair, made a pit stop Friday into the heart of “Corvair country” — Clark’s … 0

Will county sites make the cut on CNN show? Watch Sunday night to find out

Friday, November 7, 2014

On Sunday night, most of the staff of the Shady Glen Diner will gather to see if the Turners Falls eatery made the final cut of Anthony Bourdain’s CNN travel/cooking show “Parts Unknown.” “We’re going to do a … 0

New programs at Cowell Gym

Friday, November 7, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Cowell Gymnasium has expanded its programs this fall. ∎ On Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. a free “First Friday” playgroup for children from birth to age 5, with their parents, will be held. Older siblings are welcome. This program is coordinated by the Mohawk Trail … 0

West County Notebook

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Bag leaves Nov. 12 SHELBURNE — The town Highway Department will be collecting bagged leaves on the Shelburne side of Shelburne Falls on Wednesday morning. Bags containing only leaves should be placed curbside by 7 a.m. Clerk’s office closed SHELBURNE — Town Clerk Joseph Judd’s office will be … 0