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Bridge St on the Shelburne side of Shelburne Falls. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

Shelburne Falls Village Network online

Thursday, February 11, 2016

SHELBURNE FALLS — A newly formed online group, called the Shelburne Falls Village Network, believes this village of 2,000 residents needs to change and grow — but not at the expense of what makes it special to residents. That’s why several Buckland and Shelburne residents, who want to see future growth coupled with the vision of residents and businesses, have … 0

What’s in a number? Zip code confusion affects Buckland school spending

Thursday, February 11, 2016

BUCKLAND — For years, the question of “which part of Shelburne Falls is in Buckland, which part is in Shelburne” has confused tourists, new residents and the state Registry of Motor Vehicles. Now it may have also skewed another part of Buckland’s financial picture: state calculations used for Buckland school assessments. The Buckland … 0

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 … 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

Neighbors: Local musician taken way too soon

Monday, January 11, 2016

Hello neighbor. The Pioneer Valley lost a wonderful musician this past week. Jeff Martell, a folk singer here in the valley for many years, who happened to be one of the major driving forces behind the Green River Festival for about two decades and also worked as Greenfield … 0

Letter: Trump unworthy

Monday, January 11, 2016

From things he has said, it seems to me that Donald Trump does not care for women or physically handicapped individuals. He is richer than others and seems to believe this makes him better than them. And what really got to me was Trump’s proposal that all Muslims … 1

Shelburne Falls ranger tales recounted in new book

Sunday, January 10, 2016

SHELBURNE FALLS — Some say life begins at 40, and, in a way, a new life began at 42 for Kathleen O’Rourke of Shelburne Falls. After her two sons were grown up and on their own, O’Rourke left … 0

Neighbors: Pioneer Valley Youth Orchestra a great option for young musicians

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Hello neighbor. Can you believe Pioneer Valley Youth Orchestra is already in its third season. The orchestra will perform twice this spring in collaboration with Worcester Youth Symphony. The first performance will be on April 3 at Mechanics … 0

Letter: Mohawk consolidation

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Lark Thwing’s vision for Mohawk is a dream I most certainly share. The west county is poised to be an even more enviable place to live. There’s a quality of life here that is seldom duplicated. Times change and it’s incumbent on us to change as well. With … 0

Apply now for Fred T. Wells Trust scholarships

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Applications for the Fred W. Wells Trust scholarships for the 2016­-2017 academic years are now available. They can be found at high school guidance offices and town administrative offices in Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Montague, Northfield, Roe and Shelburne. If … 0

West County Notebook

Monday, January 4, 2016

Christmas tree pickup Friday SHELBURNE FALLS — The Shelburne Highway Department will be picking up discarded Christmas trees on the Shelburne-side of the village on Friday, Dec. 8, starting at 7 a.m. Trees must be curbside by then. Rural residents wishing to dispose of their trees may take … 0

West County towns look ahead to 2016

Friday, January 1, 2016

Broadband, an affordable school budget and business growth are on the list of what West County towns want most in 2016. And several towns, scarred by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, are still working on repairs for roads, bridges and town buildings in 2016. Ashfield, Colrain, Charlemont, Hawley, … 0