Lt. Gov. Karen Polito

Towns to sign ‘Community Compact’ with Lt. Gov. in Heath Thursday

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

HEATH — Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito is coming to Heath on Thursday to sign a “Community Compact” with town officials from Heath, Rowe and Shelburne in the Heath Community Hall at 1:45 p.m. Polito will also be signing a Community Compact with Deerfield later Thursday. After his inauguration, Gov. Charlie Baker’s first executive order last year was to create a Community Compact Cabinet that would reach out to towns and cities, forming stronger partnerships between the administration and all Massachusetts communities. The Community Compact is a voluntary, mutual agreement between the Baker-Polito administration and individual towns, in which the towns focus on making specific improvements, … 0

Going over the falls: Group seeks grant for Potholes observation deck

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

SHELBURNE — Shelburne Falls artists and business owners who would like to see the restoration of the Glacial Potholes as a major attraction made a pitch to Selectmen this week, asking them to apply for an ArtPlace America grant that would be used to finally build the lower-level Glacial Potholes observation deck that … 0

Neighbors: 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest seeks entries

Monday, February 8, 2016

Hello neighbor. Well folks, it’s that time again. The 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest has begun, and Friends of the Greenfield Public Library are looking for poems from you. The event is open to all Franklin County residents and students. You can submit up to three poems. The deadline is March 7, … 0

Fossil Fuel Freedom training set for Sunday

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

SHELBURNE FALLS — For anyone wanting to move from fossil fuels toward renewable energy sources, Co-op Power will hold its next leadership training session on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the home of the co-op’s President Lynn Benander and Dan Post at 127 Main St. … 0

Solarize Shelburne, Colrain, Conway gets OK

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

State energy officials have approved Shelburne, Colrain and Conway’s collaborative application to participate in the state’s Solarize Mass program — a community-based solar energy strategy that lowers overall costs of installing solar electric equipment through group purchases. State approval of this three-town consortium was announced at the same … 0

Despite company’s sale, Lamson store stays put

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

SHELBURNE FALLS — Lamson & Goodnow will keep its retail shop in the village, but the manufacturing company — which moved its factory to Westfield last year — is under new ownership. All of Lamson & Goodnow’s assets … 0

Letter: Going to lose here

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Kinder Morgan, et al just doesn’t get it. They picked on the wrong neighborhood this time for their purpose: money. Now they have just seeded a nationwide revolt instead. Be advised, Mr. and Ms. FERC, there will be no more pipelines. There will be an end to fracked … 0

West County, Montague designated as ‘medically underserved’ by feds

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Western Franklin County, along with Montague, have been designated as medically underserved. With less than one full-time physician for every 3,000 residents, western Franklin County together with Montague were recently designated a federal “Health Professional Shortage Area” by the US Department of Health and Human Services and by … 0

Wetmore’s work in ‘70s felt today by fishermen, activists

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Former state Sen. Robert D. Wetmore of Barre — the architect of Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution, which may protect public conservation along the path of the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline — is being remembers as a … 0

Neighbors: Call it what you will, the ‘Wolf Moon’ rises Sunday

Monday, January 18, 2016

Hello neighbor. Good morning everyone! I sent an email out to our precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy. I’ve lost count of how many dustings we’ve had since she made her prediction for this year’s snowfalls. I’ll let you know on Friday. So far, so good! January’s full moon will … 0

Heath to explore school changes, including closure, separation from Mohawk

Thursday, January 14, 2016

BUCKLAND — While the Mohawk Trail Regional School District faces rising costs and declining enrollment, one of its smallest member towns is reassessing how best to educate its children and be cost-effective — even if that means taking its elementary school out of the Mohawk District. Town officials … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Rowe approves all special town meeting spending requests ROWE — Special town meeting voters quickly approved all spending requests Monday night, buying firefighters 20 new pagers, a used vehicle to bring equipment to the scene of a fire or accident, and DVD training materials that will save local … 0

Bridging the gaps of time

Monday, January 11, 2016

SHELBURNE FALLS — I walk across the Iron Bridge at 9 a.m. and once again see something new: ice on the walkway below my feet in the exact shape of the green metal railing. The hills here block … 0