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

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

Halloween Ball Friday night at Cowell Gym in Shelburne Falls

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Dance your bones off Friday night, at the second annual Halloween Ball at the Cowell Gymnasium, at 51 Maple St. The ball takes place from 8 p.m. until midnight in a colorful setting barely recognizable as the gym. Wear soft-soled shoes to protect the floor; … 0

Dual clinic Saturday for pets and people

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Here’s a chance to get both your family’s flu shots and your pets’ rabies vaccination all in one place: At the Cooperative Public Health Service Flu Clinic and Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Saturday, Oct. 31, from … 0

Where have all the hemlocks gone?

Monday, October 26, 2015

SHELBURNE CENTER — It was only a year ago that Norman and Lisa Davenport first noticed sunlight flickering through the once-dense shade of a stand of hemlocks on their hilltop farmland. And now those first trees look more … 0

Embezzler pleads guilty, gets probation

Monday, October 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Dwight Gaddis, the former general manager of the Franklin Community Cooperative who embezzled roughly $75,000 from the organization, pleaded guilty to multiple larceny charges in Franklin County Superior Court Monday afternoon. Gaddis, a 51-year-old Minnesota native, … 0

West County Notebook

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Carroll leaves Ashfield FinCom ASHFIELD — Ricki Carroll has stepped down from the town Finance Committee, after serving on the board for four years. The Selectboard accepted her resignation with regret last week, saying that it will be … 0

Food plan aims to grow economy, community

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A Massachusetts Local Food Action plan being released today calls for the state to take steps to beef up agriculture and food production as a way to not only enhance the local food supply, but also to improve … 0

Neighbors: Greenfield library’s got some bargains this weekend

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. It has been a really busy week for me, so I’m going to get right to it. Have a great weekend! FRIENDS OF GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY will hold its October Book Sale on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be an abundance of … 0