Shelburne

Shelburne Notebook

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Leaf collection planned for April 22 SHELBURNE — The Highway Department will be collecting bagged leaves in the village on April 22 (weather permitting). Bags containing leaves only should be placed curbside by 7 a.m. Tag sale donations sought for Arms Library campaign SHELBURNE FALLS — The Arms Library will be host a tag sale on May 25 (Memorial Day weekend) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the “backyard” … 0

Shelburne to revisit bylaw for wind turbines

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SHELBURNE — It’s been two years since about 300 residents filled Memorial Hall Auditorium to deliberate windmill zoning at a time when the town was facing a proposal for a large-scale wind farm. Back then, voters banned commercial-scale wind farms from town by a 195-57 vote and voted 229-46 in favor of a moratorium on “on-premises” wind turbines for generating power for farms, … 0

Rowe School going up

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

ROWE — While the $6.9 million Rowe Elementary School is under construction, a capital campaign is also underway to help furnish the new school and pay for items needed for the school library, for technology, the arts, the school playground and for physical education courses. The original school building was struck by lightning … 0

Fuel assistance money still available for new applicants

Thursday, March 6, 2014

GREENFIELD — Slightly more people in Franklin County have requested fuel assistance this winter compared to last, but an overall decrease across the Pioneer Valley means there’s money still available for new applicants. The Franklin County numbers (3,500 applications compared to 3,000 last year) go against the trend … 0

Neighbors: Who has the recipe for a friendship bread starter?

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Every now and then I get a request from one or more of you. This time, it’s our neighbor Helen Ellis of Greenfield, who is looking for a recipe for the “starter” of a 30-day or friendship cake. She said she believes a can of fruit … 0

‘No idea who they’re dealing with’

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

HATFIELD — The controversy over hydrofracking of shale gas came home to western Massachusetts Wednesday night, with a meeting hosted by Climate Action Now of Western Mass. to organize against the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline. “These people have no idea who they’re dealing with,” said meeting organizer Susan … 1

Officials seek answers

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Even as environmental groups begin weighing in on plans for a Tennessee Gas Pipeline planned through Franklin and Berkshire counties, regional planners and state legislators are seeking answers about the process for siting a 179-mile conduit between Wright, N.Y., and Dracut, just north of Lowell. Officials in nine … 0

Shelburne arsonist gets state prison

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

GREENFIELD — A local man was sentenced to state prison for burning down his ex-wife’s Shelburne home. Jeremiah Longe, 33, of 41 Norwood St., pleaded guilty to a single count of arson of a dwelling in Franklin County … 0

Neighbors: Support local Relay for Life teams and possibly help a neighbor at the same time

Monday, March 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. It’s that time of year again, folks. Relay for Life teams are gearing up for the upcoming fundraising season for the American Cancer Society. Statistics show that most of us, if not all, are or will … 0

Construction work starts on Iron Bridge

Sunday, March 2, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Contractors will begin building a platform beneath the Iron Bridge this week, in preparation for work to replace steel components that were damaged during Tropical Storm Irene. According to Massachusetts Department of Transportation spokesman Michael … 0

Selectman’s race likely in Shelburne

Friday, February 28, 2014

SHELBURNE — A selectman’s race appears to be likely this spring, since a second candidate has taken out nomination papers for that office. Incumbent Joseph Judd will face a challenge from James Gamache of Mohawk Trail in the bid for a three-year term on the Board of Selectmen. … 0

Neighbors: St. Patrick’s Day performance promises to be action-packed and colorful

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hello neighbor. St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching and I’m told Celtic Heels Irish Dance Co. is gearing up for its annual holiday production at Shea Theatre in Turners Falls. The action-packed performance will include more than 50 … 0

Mohawk looks at sharing schools

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

BUCKLAND — Why should Mohawk school buildings be half-empty when its eight regional school district member towns are looking for space for senior centers, libraries, meeting rooms, town offices, police departments and for town records storage? The Mohawk … 0