Letter: A special place

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Recently, an email message was received from our Mohawk district superintendent, Michael Buoniconti, touting measured successes over the last eight years. In hard numbers and graphs, Buoniconti shares that the percentage of district students achieving proficient or higher in English language arts AND math has trended positively for several years, now both exceeding the state average. Congratulations to those who made, instituted and continue to carry out changes that encourage … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the … 0

Strawbale house in Buckland blows down energy waste

Sunday, November 22, 2015

BUCKLAND — The future strawbale duplex home of Mike Desorgher, Bob Grignaffini, and their young families is situated in a 23-acre lot atop Crittenden Hill, hidden from the roadside along a winding driveway. Grignaffini’s side of the house is nearing completion, and he hopes his family of five will be able to move … 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

Neighbors: Nana’s Attic might just have what you’ve been looking for

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Paula Betters was appointed director of the Erving Senior Community Center this past summer, and she said they’re having a lot of fun in Erving. Paula said as the center prepares for its Holiday Bazaar, she had the “crazy notion” (her playful words) to … 0

On the Job

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Shelburne Falls business group picks executive director SHELBURNE FALLS — Carmela Lanza-Weil, this summer’s interim director of the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association, is now the organization’s new executive director. “Carmela has proven herself by overseeing the … 0

Community Clothes Closet opens at Food Pantry site

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — For at least 20 years, the Seventh Day Adventist Church on State Street used to have a “free store” of used clothing located in the church basement. But when that program ended, there was nothing … 0