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Shelburne

Smashing pumpkins for a good cause

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

SHELBURNE — What do you do with your jack-o’-lanterns once Halloween is over? On Saturday, you can take them up to Hager’s Farm Stand, where they’ll go out in a blaze of glory — smashed to bits from the heights of a scissor-lift truck by local disc jockeys — to raise money for local 4H programs in Franklin County. With all the interest in local food, gardening and the “back … 0

Kulik: Cites his veteran clout to push rural issue

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Eleven-term state incumbent Rep. Stephen Kulik, who’s seeking re-election to his First Franklin District seat in the Nov. 4 election, says that even though he’s risen to a leadership position on Beacon Hill, “small town and rural values are at the heart of every decision that I make.” Kulik served for 11 years … 0

Korpita: State government needs to be more proactive

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A newcomer to politics, Deerfield Republican Dylan Korpita is trying to unseat veteran First Franklin District legislator Stephen Kulik of Worthington, saying, “It’s time for a change.” Korpita, a 35-year-old former bond trader for Morgan Stanley in New York, moved back to his Franklin County hometown last year. He threw his hat into … 0

West County Notebook

Friday, October 3, 2014

Reception for fiber art show in Shelburne Falls Sunday SHELBURNE FALLS — On Sunday, the Shelburne Arts Cooperative hosts an opening reception of “From the Ground Up” featuring fiber art inspired by nature, created by Flo Rosenstock. The reception is from 2 to 5 p.m. Flo Rosenstock’s son, … 0

Neighbors: Help for a little cemetery

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hello neighbor. I recently learned of another example of people working together to help make our community a little nicer. Inmates at the jail went to a small cemetery on Bernardston Road this week to paint the old, faded fence that surrounds Log Plain Cemetery. Many of you … 0

Free scarecrow workshop Sunday

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Among the planned Mohawk Trail 100th anniversary celebrations this fall will be a Route 2, Athol-to-Williamston parade of scarecrows on the weekend of Oct. 17 to 19. The scarecrows will have a place of honor along the Mohawk Trail, and The Art Garden wants to … 0

Trolley Museum makes room for 2

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum is on track to double its appeal. It plans to restore and feature a second antique trolley in its rolling stock. A $110,000 car barn will be built to store … 0

Letter: Supporting seniors

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lynne Kelsey is right. I did ask that $8,500 be transferred from the treasury of the Friends of West County Seniors to the Senior Center Foundation. Lynne failed to say where the money that I requested came from. Many of the funds were sent in response to letters … 0

Town Meetings, Sept. 29-Oct. 4

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ashfield Planning Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 7:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Energy Committee: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation … 0

Mohawk athletes warned of resistant staph infection

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BUCKLAND — A Mohawk Trail Regional School athlete has been confirmed to have a penicillin-resistant staph infection known as MRSA, and a letter has gone out to the parents of Mohawk athletes, warning them of the condition and of precautions to avoid its spread. “It’s a very common … 0

Last-mile broadband collaboration takes next step in planning

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BOSTON — Now that the state has $50 million to help build out rural broadband Internet access, western Massachusetts legislators met Tuesday with Internet community groups to plan what state Sen. Stan Rosenberg calls “the Last Mile Solution” — how to secure high-speed Internet in unserved and partially … 0

Neighbors: Walk for suicide leaves from Energy Park Oct. 5

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hello neighbor. With the recent news of Robin Williams, one of the greatest actors and comedians of our time, taking his life still fresh in our minds, I’d like to tell you about a very important fundraiser walk coming up. It will begin in the Greenfield Energy Park. … 0

Letter: Follow the money

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Shelburne Senior Center’s FY’15 budget is $208,417 plus money from senior memorial solicitations and, now, the new Senior Center Foundation fundraising group. With this kind of money, it seems like the Senior Center could rein in their spending and live within their generous $208,417 plus budget. So … 0