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Neighbors: Celebration of birthdays dates back thousands of years

Monday, April 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, I am another year older today. Birthdays have been celebrated for thousands of years, and it seems people are still arguing about the origin of the tradition. I did a little research and found a few interesting facts. It seems scholars have found reference of a pharaoh’s birthday in the Bible around 3,000 B.C.E., but some argue that it’s actually referencing the pharaoh’s coronation date, since that … 0

Letter: Bridge blunder?

Friday, April 24, 2015

I read the editorial page of The Recorder daily and have been waiting to see something regarding the newly rebuilt Turners Falls-Gill Bridge. You remember construction was to start in the winter of 2009/2010, with a completion date in the spring of 2014. The initial construction estimate was $40,194,820.50. Upon completion of the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge, repairs were to have started on the … 0

Could Comcast close the broadband gap? State to seek grants to reduce number of under-served towns

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The good news for Massachusetts Broadband Institute’s 11 under-served towns — seven of them in Franklin County — is that the state agency plans to solicit grant proposals from Comcast and other service providers to build out broadband fiber capacity by the end of June, and it’s been told that Comcast “is prepared to move very rapidly” on building out cable capacity in … 0

Neighbors: Turning pollution into art

Monday, April 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. Several months ago I told you the Connecticut River Watershed was looking for artists who would turn trash found in the watershed into art. Well, CRW found the artists and their art is on display now through May 27 at Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue … 0

COG plans to intervene on pipeline

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Franklin Regional Council of Governments is looking into providing legal and technical assistance to help towns deal with the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project. The COG’s Regional Pipeline Advisory Committee, which has been coordinating its efforts with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission and other … 0

Neighbors: Busy April ahead in Franklin County

Monday, March 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’ve got a lot to tell you about today, so I’m going to get right to it. Enjoy the week. According to the National Weather Service in Taunton, temperatures on Thursday and Friday are supposed to be in the 50s and 60s. Hello spring! ORANGE SENIOR … 0

Buckland raises money worries about Rowe-Mohawk union

Monday, March 30, 2015

BUCKLAND — If Rowe becomes the ninth member town of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District, will that addition reduce Mohawk’s state aid for education and state transportation a few years down the road? Last week, Buckland’s Board … 0

He found gold on the slopes

Sunday, March 29, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The skiing season is almost over and Franklin County Technical School student Nicholas Saladino can look ahead to a summer of his brothers pushing him at the gym, then getting back to the slopes for … 0

West County Notebook

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Dog license deadline Tuesday BUCKLAND — Tuesday is the deadline for residents to license their dogs and avoid a $25 late fee. Residents may mail their renewal, put their renewal through the slot on the front door of Town Hall or see Town Clerk Janice Purington in the … 0

Shelburne hears calls for more flexible solar bylaw

Sunday, March 29, 2015

SHELBURNE — In contrast to past public hearings on wind turbine bylaws, those attending last week’s Planning Board hearing for a bylaw regulating “large-scale” electricity-generating solar farms voiced concerns that the proposal would limit solar energy opportunities in this town. Energy consultant John Walsh of Main Street praised … 0

Former Tech students shepherd video game app to market

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A small flock of sheep graze in their enclosure, placidly unaware of the lurking danger. The danger is wolves, an endless stream of small, animated wolves appearing at random from all points of the compass and loping rapidly … 0

Shelburne Free Library to archive historic Fidelia Fiske collection

Friday, March 27, 2015

SHELBURNE — When Elizabeth Antaya became director of the Shelburne Free Public Library last April, she got a parting bonus from retiring librarian Libby Burnham: a box of letters and items that once belonged to Fidelia Fiske — … 0

Lamson & Goodnow moving to Westfield; Property sold to Ashfield man

Friday, March 27, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — After 178 years in Shelburne Falls, Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co. will be moving to Westfield. Chief Operating Officer James Pelletier said that on Thursday he signed a lease, which takes effect on April 1. … 0