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Kulik: Cites his veteran clout to push rural issue

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Eleven-term state incumbent Rep. Stephen Kulik, who’s seeking re-election to his First Franklin District seat in the Nov. 4 election, says that even though he’s risen to a leadership position on Beacon Hill, “small town and rural values are at the heart of every decision that I make.” Kulik served for 11 years as selectman in Worthington and was president of the Massachusetts Selectmen’s Association and the Massachusetts Municipal Association before being elected to the House in 1993 to represent what is a 19-town district that now includes Ashfield, Buckland, Conway, Deerfield, Leverett, Montague, Shelburne, Shutesbury, Sunderland and Whately in Franklin County. As vice-chair of … 0

Korpita: State government needs to be more proactive

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A newcomer to politics, Deerfield Republican Dylan Korpita is trying to unseat veteran First Franklin District legislator Stephen Kulik of Worthington, saying, “It’s time for a change.” Korpita, a 35-year-old former bond trader for Morgan Stanley in New York, moved back to his Franklin County hometown last year. He threw his hat into … 0

Letter: Fighting for our district

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I have had the privilege of seeing firsthand the significant good that Steve Kulik has done for the small towns of the 1st Franklin District over the last 15 years. As a local elected official in one of the small towns represented by Steve, I have witnessed his office’s willingness to help with a multitude of concerns that affect our communities every day. … 0

Neighbors: Double Take Fringe Festival a week away

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Double Take Fringe Festival will take over eight venues, all within walking distance, in downtown Greenfield again this year. On Oct. 17 and 18, eight shows will be presented and you can attend all of them throughout the weekend with a weekend pass that will … 0

FRCOG hopes to build online disaster map

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BUCKLAND — When Tropical Storm Irene pounded Franklin County, emergency responders and isolated residents cut off by storm damage suddenly found a new use for Twitter and Facebook on their cellphones: asking others about, and reporting on local washouts, flooding and downed trees. Now, the Franklin Regional Council … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy autumn while you can

Monday, October 6, 2014

Hello neighbor. Can you believe it? The leaves are falling from the trees as the crisp days of fall nudge us toward the bitter chill of winter. There are only three full moons left this year: the Full … 0

Sizzle of fries, hiss of paint, whir of tiny cars

Sunday, October 5, 2014

SUNDERLAND — The canister of Rustoleum spray paint hissed as Brian O’Mearlaigh released a burst of blue mist onto the paper in front of him. A few more shots and he discarded it over his shoulder, reaching next … 0

Neighbors: Help for a little cemetery

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hello neighbor. I recently learned of another example of people working together to help make our community a little nicer. Inmates at the jail went to a small cemetery on Bernardston Road this week to paint the old, faded fence that surrounds Log Plain Cemetery. Many of you … 0

Sunderland to hold Fall Festival this weekend

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Looking for fiddlers, food and fun? You can have it all Saturday afternoon in Sunderland. The 16th annual Sunderland Fall Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the ballfields behind Town Hall. According to Janet Conley, local bands will perform throughout the … 0

Town Meetings, Sept. 29-Oct. 4

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ashfield Planning Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 7:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Energy Committee: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation … 0

Last-mile broadband collaboration takes next step in planning

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BOSTON — Now that the state has $50 million to help build out rural broadband Internet access, western Massachusetts legislators met Tuesday with Internet community groups to plan what state Sen. Stan Rosenberg calls “the Last Mile Solution” — how to secure high-speed Internet in unserved and partially … 0

Neighbors: Walk for suicide leaves from Energy Park Oct. 5

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hello neighbor. With the recent news of Robin Williams, one of the greatest actors and comedians of our time, taking his life still fresh in our minds, I’d like to tell you about a very important fundraiser walk coming up. It will begin in the Greenfield Energy Park. … 0

Sunderland to buy lot with affordable housing in mind

Friday, September 19, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Sunderland will purchase a 2.82-acre lot on North Main Street for $265,000, which it plans to use to shore up the town’s proportion of affordable housing units for seniors. The purchase was approved by voters at a special town meeting Friday night and passed by the … 0