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Pipeline walk to end with Statehouse rally

Monday, July 28, 2014

With a couple of days to rest after their statewide “rolling march” to fight the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. proposal, opponents are gearing up for a Boston rally in front of the Statehouse, where they plan to present two sets of petitions to lawmakers. The timing, Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., comes just as the House and Senate are about to recess for a month-long vacation. But the … 0

Berkshire Gas warns about phone scam

Monday, July 28, 2014

Several Berkshire Gas business customers have recently reported receiving fraudulent telephone calls seeking immediate payment of their Berkshire Gas accounts, by credit card, over the telephone, the utility has reported. The caller claims that the account is overdue and requires immediate payment. Several of the fraudulent calls have showed up as originating from 617-419-5406 in the recipient’s caller ID. Berkshire Gas has reported … 0

‘The Judge’ will open Toronto Film Festival

Monday, July 28, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The movie filmed primarily in Shelburne Falls last summer — “The Judge” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall — has been selected for the opening night film of the Toronto International Film Festival, which will run from Sept. 4 to 14. “The Mrs. and I are thrilled to share … 0

Shelburne Fire Tower could be new wireless Internet link

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

SHELBURNE — This week, selectmen heard a plan by an Internet service provider that wants to link the MassBroadband 123 network in Memorial Hall to Shelburne’s stone Fire Tower — providing free Internet service for Town Hall and fixed wireless service of 5 megabytes per second to future … 0

Bus fare

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The state budget passed this week by the Legislature will give the county’s sprawling regional school districts a huge savings for school bus expenses by reimbursing 90 percent of the cost — the highest in decades. “It would … 0

Neighbors: Introduce yourself to your neighbors

Monday, June 30, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here I go again, thinking about what it means to be a neighbor. I remember a time when people knew their neighbors. They spoke with them, sat next to them in church, ran into them in the grocery store, talked over the hedges about their days … 0

COG reschedules public meeting on pipeline

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Franklin Regional Planning Board have rescheduled to July 24 their first-ever joint meeting to review the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project proposed to cross nine county towns on its path to Dracut. The boards’ original May 15 meeting on what … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy, but stay safe on the Fourth of July

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are just a week away from July 4 and I’m sure there will be plenty of celebrating going on next weekend. I hope you all have great fun and get to spend time with friends … 0

Missing man rescued from Deerfield River

Monday, June 23, 2014

SHELBURNE — A man reported missing from a local rest home was found on a rock in the Deerfield River Monday. When a citizen saw the man in the river and recognized him, he called police, who set … 0

Neighbors: Scholarships help students pursue dreams and agencies help others

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Wells Trust Scholarship recently announced this year’s recipients and I’d like to share their names, or at least where some of them are from, with you today. Fred W. and Ethel Dow Wells were longtime … 0

Letter: Paid maternity leave

Monday, June 23, 2014

The present condition of our state’s maternity leave policy has me enormously concerned. Extensive research has proven that a child’s first months are crucial for their development and it’s astounding that we continue to grant mothers such brief maternity leave. It’s vital that an infant’s parents be able … 0

Letter: Living wage

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Have you ever thought of raising a child by yourself, being a single parent? Well, think again. To be a single parent of one child in Franklin County you need to be making $22.52 an hour. The problem is that 63 percent of jobs are below the living … 0

Shelburne divided on AT&T cell tower plan

Sunday, June 22, 2014

SHELBURNE — A red balloon visual-impact test Saturday gave Colrain Shelburne Road residents a sense of how visible a 100-foot tall AT&T cell tower on Hager’s Farm property might be. Several residents asked that photographs of the balloon test be taken in front of their homes or even … 0