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Letter: ‘Fine Southerners’ not the issue

Monday, August 31, 2015

I would like to offer a different perspective to Lou Barber’s Southern experience and his support for the “sacred” Confederate flag in his Aug. 24 letter. Mr. Barber grew up in western Massachusetts and has lived in the South for 60 years. In contrast, I have lived in western Massachusetts for 28 years but grew up in the South, attending primary and secondary school in Savannah. My mom, brothers, nephews, … 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 the history of the 1896 Trolley No. 10. It was written by museum member Marie … 0

Letter: Student ambassador

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

For the past nine years, the Volunteer Services Department at the Baystate Franklin Medical Center has been running a program called the Student Ambassadors, designed to expose high school students to the field of medicine. This program takes place every summer and lasts for six weeks starting in July and ending in August. In those six weeks, a student ambassador gets to observe … 0

Sunderland woman faces drug, alcohol, assault charges

Monday, August 10, 2015

DEERFIELD — A Sunderland woman faces drug, alcohol and assault charges after a traffic stop in Deerfield Saturday night. Kathryn Burek, 18, of 34 River Road in Sunderland, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Monday to charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, possessing liquor under the age of … 0

Neighbors: Manhattan Dolls coming to Athol

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to hop aboard the “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” head to the Athol High School auditorium Aug. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m., when the New York City-based Manhattan Dolls, who perform in the style of the Andrews Sisters, will bring the memorable music of … 0

Neighbors: Dick Henry receives highest Moose honor

Monday, August 3, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’d like to congratulate Richard “Dick” Henry of Greenfield, a member of Greenfield Lodge No. 997 Loyal Order of Moose, who has received the Pilgrim Degree of Merit, which is the highest honor bestowed a member. The degree, currently held by very few throughout the United … 0

Weekly Town Meetings

Friday, July 31, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Master Plan Steering Committee: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Conservation Commission: Monday 6:15 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Assessors: Thursday 4:30 p.m. in Town Hall. … 0

4-H Dairy Show this weekend

Friday, July 31, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Franklin County Fairgrounds will be filled with children and cows from all over the state this weekend, Aug. 1 and 2, for the State 4-H Dairy Show. According to organizer Carrie Sears of the University … 0

Three vie for Sunderland administrator job

Thursday, July 30, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Collaboration and communication topped the list of skills that the three candidates for Sunderland’s vacant Town Administrator position said were most important in carrying out the tasks and responsibilities of the town’s top managerial role. The three candidates, Michele Giarusso, a former selectman and current finance … 0

Neighbors: Don’t leave children or pets in vehicles

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Today I want to talk to you good folks about leaving children and pets in vehicles this summer. Please don’t! Leaving them in a hot vehicle could be deadly. If you are out and about with … 0

WiredWest awaits state approval of business plan

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) has not yet evaluated WiredWest’s business plan but is preparing to, according to MBI Director Eric Nakajima. The issue came up last week in Colrain, when selectmen and Crocker Communications sales director Bill Stathis discussed whether WiredWest’s minimum broadband service fee, $49 per … 2

South County Notebook

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Opportunities to submit comments on pipeline DEERFIELD — Deerfield residents who want to make their concerns about Kinder Morgan’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline project will have until August 31 to submit them to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. FERC is currently going through a scoping … 0

Neighbors: Visit your local farmers market

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Farmers markets are going strong throughout the county this summer. I’m not going to mention any in particular, because most of you know where they are, especially if you’ve got one in your town. What I want to talk about today is why you should visit … 0