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Quabbin talk Wednesday in Shelburne Falls

Friday, October 9, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Dorothy Johnson, the author of “A Swift River Anthology,” will be at Wednesday’s meeting of the Shelburne Falls Area Women’s Club to give a reading of her play about the lost Quabbin towns of Dana, Enfield, Greenwich and Prescott. “A Swift River Anthology” deals with the imaginary lives of people from the former towns flooded in 1938, to create a drinking water reservoir for Boston. Johnson has … 0

West County Notebook

Friday, October 9, 2015

Buckland selectmen eye Conway Road fix BUCKLAND — Selectmen this week heard presentations from four engineering firms bidding for the reconstruction of the town’s portion of Conway Road, from the intersection of State and Conway streets down to South Street and Conway Road. Weston & Sampson, The Engineering Corp, Greenman-Pedersen Inc. and Nitsch Engineering all gave presentations. The estimated cost for the reconstruction … 0

Letter: TPP bad for us

Friday, October 9, 2015

Vote against the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The TPP, TTIP, etc., (like NAFTA and CAFTA), are gifts to corporations, banks, investors and decimate the soil, the water, communities, the air, and your constituents around the world. To support these so-called, and misnamed, “fair trade deals” would be a travesty. We must, finally, govern and legislate for the common good, applying the precautionary principle, the principle … 0

Get ‘Hooked on History’ at Mohawk fair Saturday

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

BUCKLAND — Learn about “The Devil Wars — Shakerism in Ashfield, Shelburne and Buckland,” the pioneering spirit of Shelburne’s Fidelia Fiske, the first woman missionary to visit 19th-century Persia, and other local history insights at the Hilltowns History … 0

Neighbors: Garlic and Arts Festival returns Sept. 26 and 27

Monday, September 14, 2015

Hello neighbor. When a group of North Quabbin neighbors, artists and farmers first conceived an idea for an event years ago, the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival was born. It was simply meant to ignite the cultural … 0

Letter: Prevent this disaster

Friday, September 11, 2015

David Fisher, owner of Natural Roots Farm, our local CSA, is quite right in decrying the degradation of local agriculture that will inevitably accompany the proposed Northeast Direct pipeline. It’s not only his farm that is threatened but every organic (and even nonorganic) farm that has the misfortune … 0

Neighbors: All’s Fair in Franklin County this weekend

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Hello neighbor. THE FRANKLIN COUNTY FAIR HAS BEGUN and with it, lots of fun. There will be lots of fair food — Yum! — rides, games and entertainment. You’ll see plenty of apple pies this year because the fair will continue its long-standing tradition of holding an apple … 0

Student restaurant opens at Tech School for school year

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School’s Apprentice Restaurant opens to the public Sept. 22. The restaurant is open for lunch only, Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The menu is posted online daily at www.fcts.org/apprentice/menu.html. Students and staff in the culinary arts program … 0

Art Walk set for Saturday in Shelburne Falls

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Enjoy local artists and an early autumn stroll through Shelburne Falls during the Autumn Art Walk, on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. It’s a free event that features original artwork, live … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Mohawk board meets tonight COLRAIN — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District will meet tonight, Sept. 9, in Colrain Central School, beginning at 7 p.m. School committee members will vote on Rowe and out-of-district tuition rates, among other items on the agenda. Prescreening available for preschoolers BUCKLAND — … 0

Building local: Ashfield Stone rocks urban architects

Monday, September 7, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Ashfield bedrock will soon have a place in iconic buildings in Boston and New York City, where architects — like good chefs — are opting for “local” ingredients. Boston Public Library will be installing roughly … 0

Purrfect employee

Sunday, September 6, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Labor Day may be a holiday for you, but not for Boswell the bookstore cat. As tourists wind through Shelburne Falls on this holiday that signifies the end of summer, Boswell will be at her … 0

Mohawk, towns take another look at regional agreement changes

Sunday, September 6, 2015

BUCKLAND — School and town officials within the eight-town Mohawk Trail Regional School District agree that the 1993 regional agreement needs to change, but don’t necessarily agree on what to change. Instead of sharing operating expenses, what if each town paid its own elementary school costs, but kept … 0