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Charlemont’s past with Underground Railroad reflected in Sunday event

Friday, January 30, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Charlemont is thought to be one of the few towns in Massachusetts to have more than one Underground Railroad home within its borders, and, on Sunday , the Charlemont 250 Committee and the town Historical Commission will present a program about the town’s role in the Underground Railroad before and during the Civil War. This “Remembrances of Our Past” will take place at 2 p.m. inside the fabric … 0

Neighbors: We dodged the blizzard bullet and now back to daily life

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, we dodged another bullet this week — gotta love the storm that wasn’t. Hope you all had a nice snow day and got to do some of the things you typically can’t because of work and other responsibilities. Have a great weekend! GIRL SCOUT TROOP 12926 will be back out selling cookies, so be on the lookout. Scouts will be … 0

Trolley Museum gets $10K to restore Freight House

Thursday, January 29, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Ever since the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum bought the historic Shelburne Falls Freight House in 2004, the old building has been a work-in-progress. But now, thanks to a $10,000 grant, volunteers will be able to finish restoration of the building’s exterior, says Trolley Museum President Sam Bartlett. Volunteers have already … 0

Letter: Curbside compost

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Here’s a suggestion to Greenfield residents and the DPW about increasing townwide food waste composting (“Composting program slow to catch on” Jan 6): add food waste collection to the curbside pickup. Although technical difficulties surely abound, this is a doable project for a town (city) as green as … 0

What’s in path of gas pipeline?

Monday, January 12, 2015

SHELBURNE — Selectmen are considering whether to create a “pipeline review committee,” that would examine any environmental issues for Shelburne land being considered as part of the Kinder-Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. pipeline running from Berkshire County through Dracut. Selectmen debated the idea of forming a pipeline review committee … 0

Neighbors: Mahar Class of 1964 helps its neighbors

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Mahar’s Class of 1964 had a very busy year last year. The class held its first fundraiser in December 2013, using half of the proceeds to fund award scholarships to some of the graduates of the Class of 2014 and the other half was given as … 0

Goodbye La Luncheonette; hello Ponte

Monday, January 12, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Today is the final day for the tiny La Luncheonette, a breakfast and lunch cafe that opened about a year ago. Regular customers are invited to come by and even get the recipes for some … 0

West County Notebook

Friday, January 9, 2015

New owner for Ashfield Lake House? ASHFIELD — On Monday , the Selectboard will be meeting with Andrea “Dre” Rawlings of Ashfield, a prospective buyer of the Ashfield Lake House, for a discussion and possible vote to transfer the restaurant’s liquor license to Rawlings. Judith Hamilton has owned … 0

Letter: The media’s cruelty

Friday, January 9, 2015

Stamp of the media: Guilty! If there is a ghost of uncertainty or even a niggling doubt about the youthful morals of a certain celebrity, you can bet your worn-out coin that the press, with its unmatched lethality, will exploit accusations from some very questionable individuals. Many will … 0

WiredWest towns ready for next step

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Selectmen from all 11 Franklin County hilltowns without high-speed Internet have approved WiredWest’s nonbinding resolution to go forward with a “last mile” $100 million to $120 million fire-optic network build-out. Now the financial planning begins. Ashfield, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, New Salem, Rowe, Shutesbury, Warwick and Wendell … 0

Mother’s Pantry to close Jan. 31

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — After 17 years on Bridge Street, Mother’s Pantry will close on Jan. 31. Although the store will be gone, Mother’s specialty food products — jams, chutneys, relishes, sauces and other items from locally grown ingredients — will still be available in other shops throughout the … 0

Neighbors: Look ahead to a great year

Monday, January 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. Hope you all had a wonderful New Year. Now it’s time to look ahead. According to our precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy, we’re supposed to see 23 snowfalls this winter — remember, you only have to track a cat for one to be counted. Even so, that … 0

Student newspaper proves good read

Sunday, January 4, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — When Buckland Shelburne Elementary School parent John Snyder volunteered to lead an after-school enrichment course last spring, starting a school newspaper wasn’t even on his mind. “I said I knew something about journalism and I’d … 0