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Shutesbury

Shutesbury passes broadband Internet 417-12

Sunday, May 3, 2015

SHUTESBURY — Residents crowded the elementary school Saturday for the annual town meeting, approving approximately $1.69 million to bring high-speed Internet to Shutesbury. Residents elected Michael DeChiara to the Selectboard. All 23 articles on the warrant passed, including the $6 million operating budget for the next fiscal year, a 3-percent increase over this year’s spending. More than half of the warrant articles passed unanimously. The most contentious topics were spending … 0

Shutesbury Dems gather May 9

Friday, May 1, 2015

SHUTESBURY — The Shutesbury Town Democratic Committee will hold a caucus and business meeting on May 9 at 10 a.m. in the Town Hall. Delegates will be elected to attend the 2015 Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention. The convention will be held in Springfield on Sept. 19. The business meeting will follow the caucus. Both caucus and meeting are open to all registered Democrats … 0

"Big Business," a poem by Yael Benvenuto-Ladin of Shutesbury, youth, 15 to 16

Friday, May 1, 2015

“Big Business”   The world is expanding, demanding more — more oil, steel, and meat Our collective heart has begun to beat faster and more effectively — after all, it was made in a factory And speeding up earns us more and more money We speed until we bleed because we need to be on top This greed pushes us to stop At … 0

Neighbors: Time to be recognized

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m glad to be back, though I couldn’t believe what I saw when I stepped out of my apartment Thursday morning. I thought the days of that white stuff were done — and what little is … 0

Where the funding meets the road

Monday, April 6, 2015

With a six-year, $478 billion federal transportation bill released recently to help close an estimated $1 trillion gap in the nation’s highway and bridge infrastructure and improve rail and public transit, a Franklin County group is scheduling an informational meeting as part of a “Stand Up for Transportation … 2

Wipers on, lights on

Monday, April 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Today’s forecasted rain showers could put a new law to the test. Starting today, state law requires drivers to turn on their headlights whenever they need to use their windshield wipers, and whenever visibility is less than 500 feet. Previously, headlight use had been required from … 1

Neighbors: Turning pollution into art

Monday, April 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. Several months ago I told you the Connecticut River Watershed was looking for artists who would turn trash found in the watershed into art. Well, CRW found the artists and their art is on display now through May 27 at Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue … 0

Neighbors: Busy April ahead in Franklin County

Monday, March 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’ve got a lot to tell you about today, so I’m going to get right to it. Enjoy the week. According to the National Weather Service in Taunton, temperatures on Thursday and Friday are supposed to be in the 50s and 60s. Hello spring! ORANGE SENIOR … 0

He found gold on the slopes

Sunday, March 29, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The skiing season is almost over and Franklin County Technical School student Nicholas Saladino can look ahead to a summer of his brothers pushing him at the gym, then getting back to the slopes for … 0

Former Tech students shepherd video game app to market

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A small flock of sheep graze in their enclosure, placidly unaware of the lurking danger. The danger is wolves, an endless stream of small, animated wolves appearing at random from all points of the compass and loping rapidly … 0

Neighbors: Area wildlife needs our help

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Medicine Mammals in Wendell needs our help. The local Native American nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation center is hoping to raise money to help care for the orphaned and injured wild animals that made their way to the center this winter. Loril Moondream, wildlife rehabilitator and owner of … 0

National Grid to cut electric rates

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Valley home and business owners can expect some relief from high electric bills this spring. On Monday, National Grid announced that, pending Department of Public Utilities approval, the cost of power is expected to drop from the current rate of more than 16 cents per kilowatt-hour to just … 0

Neighbors: Learn about volunteer opportunity with local support team

Monday, March 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. I want to tell you about a great group that’s been serving our community for several years. Community Crisis Support Team, a program of Clinical & Support Options, will host its annual free 15-hour new volunteer training on May 7, 12 and 14 from 4 to … 0