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: Use all of your senses to greet spring

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Happy spring everyone! It’s time to get out into the sun and enjoy — those cold, grey days are almost behind us. Yes, it will be a little muddy, but who cares after being holdup all winter? Temps are working their way into the 30s and … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Hawley hosting rabies clinic, dog licensing HAWLEY — A Rabies Vaccination Clinic will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Town Office, 8 Pudding Hollow Road. Rabies vaccinations are $20 each. Please bring prior vaccination history to receive a three-year vaccination. ResQ Microchipping will … 0

Mohawk junior wins poetry prize

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

BUCKLAND — Sequoia LeBreux of Shelburne Falls, a junior at Mohawk Trail Regional High, has won the statewide Helen Creeley Student Poetry Prize and will read her winning poems at the childhood home of renowned poet Robert Creeley, … 0

Model alumni: Buckland man builds Arms Academy replica

Monday, March 16, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Arnold Purinton, Class of 1959, thought he knew the Arms Academy building inside and out — until he started to build a replica of his alma mater. “As many thousands of times as I’d seen … 0

Neighbors: Father and daughter recovering nicely after kidney transplant

Monday, March 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Tim Ollari is doing well after receiving a kidney from his daughter Stephanie last Thursday. Stephanie says Tim looks like a new person — full of life again. She, on the other hand, had … 0

Know the GMO

Monday, March 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — Green Fields Market and McCusker’s Market are taking steps to rein in genetically modified organisms — GMOs — in the wake of a member survey that said 92 percent of respondents either strongly support or support phasing out those products “as soon as operationally feasible,” and … 0

Set to be global citizen, scholar

Sunday, March 15, 2015

BUCKLAND — Let students take subjects they really care about, and they’ll be more motivated in other schoolwork as well, says Aaron Nelson, a Mohawk Trail Regional School junior whose essay helped him earn a full scholarship to … 0

Franklin County Tech principal picked

Sunday, March 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Shawn Rickan of Phillipston is to take over for Franklin County Technical School Principal and Assistant Superintendent Richard Martin when Martin moves into the superintendent’s office in July. Now a high school principal in Baldwinville, Rickan earlier worked in Orange for five years and is … 0

‘Fiber Towns’ to residents: Prove you want broadband

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The WiredWest high-speed Internet collaborative has started signing up residents of 32 member towns for “Last-Mile” fiber-optic broadband. This is the first step for “fiber towns” to become part of the collaborative’s fiber-optic network. If 40 percent of a fiber town’s households sign up, it shows there is … 0

Underserved hilltowns calculating total broadband build-out costs

Friday, March 13, 2015

BUCKLAND — While WiredWest’s “unserved” towns are gearing up for annual town meeting votes to finance fiber-optic broadband, discussions have started between Comcast Cable Co. and the pilot “cable towns” — Buckland, Shelburne and Conway — to share mapping information and calculate how much a total build-out of … 0