Neighbors: ’Tis the season of giving

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Diggity Dogs Service Dogs, a nonprofit in Shelburne Falls, will tour the valley today to thank the community for another year of support. Diggity Dogs will also be raising awareness for #GivingTuesday, which is today. Following two of the biggest shopping days of the year — Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a global movement of generosity, which began in 2012. New York’s 92nd Street Y partnered … 0

When the birds aren’t for the birds: Keeping our eagle eye peeled for returning raptors

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The eye is drawn to aberration, and on a recent morning my eye fixed on an opaque oval perched on a maple tree branch extending over a misty Route 2 in Charlemont. I’ve driven that stretch of road hundreds of times from my Shelburne Falls home to the Academy at Charlemont, where my … 0

Rollover sends teen to hospital

Thursday, November 26, 2015

SHELBURNE — A 17-year-old Colrain woman was transported by ambulance to Baystate Franklin Medical Center for nonlife-threatening injuries after she drove her truck into a creek next to Brook Road on Thursday evening. Shelburne Center Fire Chief John Taylor said the call came in around 5 p.m. and by 5:30 p.m. the driver … 0

Wheel-View hard cider to debut during CiderDays

Thursday, November 5, 2015

SHELBURNE CENTER — Add one more hard cider to the roster of local cider producers featured in this weekend’s Franklin County CiderDays. On Wednesday, Carolyn and John Wheeler of Wheel-View Farm received their state “Farmer Winery” license and … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Yankee Rowe spent fuel storage board meets tonight ROWE — The Yankee Rowe Spent Fuel Storage and Removal Community Advisory Board meets tonight, Nov. 5, at 6 p.m. in the Golden Eagle Restaurant on Route 2 in Clarksburg, near the hairpin turn. The purpose of the meeting is … 0

Shelburne gearing up for solar energy

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

SHELBURNE — With only a year left to take advantage of 30 percent federal solar energy tax credits, a group of residents are moving full-speed-ahead on plans to either join the Solarize Mass. program or find another way for residents to buy electricity-producing solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at … 0

2 injured, neither seriously, when car strikes tractor-trailer on Route 2 in Shelburne Tuesday

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

SHELBURNE — Two people sustained non-life-threatening injuries Tuesday afternoon after their vehicle struck a tractor-trailer on Route 2, according to Shelburne Deputy Fire Chief Jim Burnham. The accident occurred in front of Hager’s Farm Market just before 4 … 0

Neighbors: West county neighbor wants to start book club on climate change

Monday, November 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our west county neighbor John Bos is looking for six to eight people in his area to start a book club with him. You have to be passionate about three things, he says — climate change, reading books on the subject and meeting with other like-minded … 0

Drama served up with brews Tuesdays at Mocha Maya’s

Monday, November 2, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Mocha Maya’s coffeehouse and pub is the place to go for live music, occasional poetry meetings and now weekly play readings in a series called “Taste of Theater Tuesdays” through Nov. 24. “This is part … 0

West County Notebook

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Simpson to hold special weekend event at home studio SHELBURNE — Most people in search of Josh Simpson’s glass “planets” or bowls head to the Salmon Falls Gallery in Shelburne Falls, but this weekend, Nov. 7-8, you can … 0

Shelburne Falls business group welcomes new head, sets 2016 goals

Friday, October 30, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Besides promoting tourism, Carmela Lanza-Weil of the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association, said the group wants to work more closely with west county businesses that serve the local community, to help beef up their … 0

West County Notebook

Friday, October 30, 2015

Charlemont taxes due CHARLEMONT — Second quarter payments of Fiscal Year 2016 real estate and personal property taxes are due Monday. Colrain store/gas station approved COLRAIN — The Zoning Board of Appeals approved a special permit so that Laurie, Michael and Derek Giard will be able to re-open … 0

West County Notebook

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Charlemont selectman candidates sought CHARLEMONT — Selectman David Cunningham is moving out of town and has announced his resignation. Cunningham has been on the board for four years, and his current term was to expire in 2017. Nomination papers for a special election in December are now available … 0