‘One of Greenfield’s libraries’: Franklin County remembers public servant William B. Allen

Monday, October 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Longtime public servant William B. Allen died Saturday, and town officials and leaders say his passing is a big loss to the town, because he was one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable public servants they’ve ever known. “I look at Bill’s passing like one of Greenfield’s libraries just burned down,” said Scott Conti, chairman of the Board of Licensing Commissioners, which Allen chaired for many years after he retired. “He had such deep knowledge of the infrastructure of the town. Any time you run water, or flush a toilet or drive on a road, Bill had a piece of that.” Town officials … 0

Neighbors: Have fun at Celebrate the harvest Festival in Orange

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to celebrate fall — this wonderful time of year — head over to Orange on Sunday, where at 9 a.m. the Celebrate the Harvest Festival begins at the airport. There will be a car show, craft fair (you can start that holiday shopping), food vendors and a parade down East River Street at 1 p.m. The parade’s theme … 0

Letter: The Mohawk team

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Mohawk Trail School Regional School District recently elected me, Kirby (Lark) Thwing, as its new chair and Martha Thurber as vice chair. I replace Robert Aeschback, chair for the last 10 years, who has moved from the district. As I assume this post, I think it’s appropriate to explain some of the key differences between the roles of the School Committee and … 0

Shelburne Grange Fair attracts multiple generations

Sunday, August 30, 2015

SHELBURNE — Six-year-old L.J. Giguere knelt down in a shady spot under a tent at the 69th annual Shelburne Grange Fair Saturday afternoon and helped her 2-year-old sister, Grace, reach into the “Pocket Lady’s” apron and grab a … 0

Neighbors: New book tells story of 1896 Trolley No. 10

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Over the past week, there’s been a lot of activity at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum at 14 Depot St. Visitors have been busy signing a copy of the “Little Yellow Trolley,” a book that follows … 0

Free showing of local film tonight in Shelburne Falls

Thursday, August 27, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — It’s not “The Judge” or “Labor Day,” but “Hank” — a 20-minute movie starring a local actress and filmed at Hager’s Farm Market that will be given a free premier showing tonight at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Hall auditorium, where Pothole Pictures are shown. … 0

Letter: Protecting our valley

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

If we spend a lot of time and energy studying what the pipeline (pipedream!) people are planning to do, we are playing right into their hands. We know they plan to rip up a wide swath of our precious turf and plant a time bomb across the commonwealth … 1

Letter: Ending racism

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

In Aviva Luttrell’s story “Let’s not be colorblind” (Aug. 14), Rodney Madison says that we need to “change the way people think and talk about race.” The article focused on Turners Falls, but the same is true throughout our area — and our country. I thought readers might … 0

Mohawk district, towns seek compromise on Buckland Shelburne Elementary repair costs

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

SHELBURNE — Shelburne officials and Mohawk Trail Regional School District are hundreds of thousands of dollars apart on how much to spend for repairs to their regional elementary school. The difference between Mohawk’s defeated $750,000 capital budget request … 0

Shelburne makes pipeline opposition official

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

SHELBURNE ­— Shelburne selectmen unanimously cast their vote against Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s plans to run a mile-long stretch of pipeline through town and under the Deerfield River. But they also went further, saying they don’t think the pipeline … 0

McCusker’s seeks beer and wine license

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

BUCKLAND — The Board of Selectmen will hold a liquor license hearing for a request for McCusker’s Market to sell beer and wine. The hearing takes place Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. For a few years, the Shelburne Falls Wine Merchant rented part of the McCusker’s … 0

Old-fashioned Grange Fair Saturday in Shelburne

Monday, August 24, 2015

SHELBURNE — An old-fashioned Shelburne Grange Fair takes place Saturday, with something for all the family. This annual fair at Fellowship Hall, 17 Little Mohawk Road, is open from 9 a.m. until about 4:30 p.m. New attractions this … 0

Neighbors: Community says “goodbye” to longtime service agency head

Monday, August 24, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Wednesday, The United Arc will say “bon voyage” to its executive director of 39 years. Ed Porter has performed a variety of roles in the position since 1976, helping the agency expand and adapt to … 0