Shelburne

Letter: Bridge blunder?

Friday, April 24, 2015

I read the editorial page of The Recorder daily and have been waiting to see something regarding the newly rebuilt Turners Falls-Gill Bridge. You remember construction was to start in the winter of 2009/2010, with a completion date in the spring of 2014. The initial construction estimate was $40,194,820.50. Upon completion of the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge, repairs were to have started on the General Pierce Bridge. To date no repairs … 0

Could Comcast close the broadband gap? State to seek grants to reduce number of under-served towns

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The good news for Massachusetts Broadband Institute’s 11 under-served towns — seven of them in Franklin County — is that the state agency plans to solicit grant proposals from Comcast and other service providers to build out broadband fiber capacity by the end of June, and it’s been told that Comcast “is prepared to move very rapidly” on building out cable capacity in … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Bakers wanted for Hawley election day bake sale on May 4 HAWLEY — Think voting is as American as apple pie? Then why not bake a pie (or brownies) for the Hawley annual town election bake sale, on May 4, from 11:45 a.m. to 7 p.m.? Town Clerk Pamela Shrimpton is looking for bakers to contribute items to the sale, which benefits the … 0

Neighbors: Area wildlife needs our help

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Medicine Mammals in Wendell needs our help. The local Native American nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation center is hoping to raise money to help care for the orphaned and injured wild animals that made their way to the center this winter. Loril Moondream, wildlife rehabilitator and owner of … 0

Shelburne Falls Area Business Association auction Saturday

Thursday, March 26, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Celebrate spring Saturday at the 19th annual Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association Spring Auction. Enjoy the live auction, silent auction, local beer, wines and food while supporting programs that benefit the business association’s ten hilltowns. Tickets this year are $10 and admission includes a … 0

New spot by bridge offers Mexican fare in Shelburne Falls

Thursday, March 26, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Shelburne Falls has Bridge Street, the Iron Bridge and the Bridge of Flowers. Now it has a new little eatery near all these bridges. “Ponte” is Italian for “bridge,” and Ponte Restaurante , set up … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Election deadlines near SHELBURNE — Residents have until Monday to submit nomination papers to Town Clerk Joseph Judd, if they wish to run in this spring’s annual election. So far, said Judd, there are no election contests, and a few vacancies with no candidates: a one-year unexpired seat … 0

‘Sweetheart’ restaurant owner dies

Monday, March 23, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — The woman who bought the former Sweetheart Restaurant last July has died, according to an obituary published Sunday in The Boston Globe. Mauricia “Maury” Alvarez, 65, died Feb. 27, in her Conway home, according to … 0

Neighbors: Learn about volunteer opportunity with local support team

Monday, March 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. I want to tell you about a great group that’s been serving our community for several years. Community Crisis Support Team, a program of Clinical & Support Options, will host its annual free 15-hour new volunteer training on May 7, 12 and 14 from 4 to … 0

Shelburne public hearing Weds. on large-scale solar farms bylaw

Sunday, March 22, 2015

SHELBURNE — The Planning Board has drafted a bylaw for electricity-generating solar farms that take up between one and 10 acres. They will hold a public hearing on the proposal Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall. The purpose of the bylaw is to provide standards for the … 0

Slow start to syrup season; maple producers holding out hope

Sunday, March 22, 2015

SHELBURNE — By this time most years, Chip Hager would have boiled a dozen batches of maple sap down to syrup. This is not most years. “We’ve only boiled twice this year,” Hager said Saturday. “Usually, we’d start … 0

Creative economy survey planned for Shelburne Falls area

Friday, March 20, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — To start a new initiative called “Connecting Commerce & Community,” the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association is asking artists, cultural groups and businesses within its 10 West County towns to take a survey that will help the business association determine what it can do … 0

Town meetings next week

Friday, March 20, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Library Trustees: Monday 7 p.m. in Library. Bernardston Finance Committee: Monday 6:45 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of … 0