Warwick

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 Commission: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Thursday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Colrain Center Village Master Plan Visioning Session: … 0

Warwick on road to green community status

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

WARWICK — The town will soon become a “green community,” after approving the final two requirements at Monday’s special town meeting. Once the town’s application is approved, it will be eligible for a state grant of about $130,000 for energy efficiency projects. Voters adopted the so-called stretch building code and approved a zoning change that would allow a solar array on the town-owned … 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 served communities. Over the next two months, WiredWest and the Franklin Regional Council of Governments … 0

‘Old’ 78 festival turns five

Sunday, September 14, 2014

WARWICK — A Saturday shindig will likely be the biggest backyard barbecue Warwick’s seen all year — and you’re invited. The Old 78 Farm Fall Festival is not a festival celebrating farms. It’s also not old. It’s not … 0

The twists & turns of history: the Mohawk Trail marks 100 years

Friday, September 12, 2014

What do Metacomet the warrior, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Benedict Arnold and Henry David Thoreau have in common? They all traveled the route that would become the Mohawk Trail — back in the days when the hairpin turn and other … 2

Neighbors: Volunteer to serve the low-income and homeless

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’d like to give another perfect example of neighbors helping neighbors. Stone Soup Cafe will be holding a volunteer appreciation gathering on Sept. 19 at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church on Main and Hope streets from 7 to 9 p.m. where there’s going to be a … 0

Lee backs repeal of gas tax indexing

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fresh from a victory in Tuesday’s Republican primary, in which she captured 63 percent of the vote, Second Franklin House District candidate Susannah Whipps Lee emphasized her support for a ballot initiative to repeal indexing of increases in the state’s gasoline tax to inflation. Question 1 would leave … 1

Warwick special town meeting could decide ‘green community’ status

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WARWICK — The town could soon be a “green community,” if the only two articles at a Sept. 22 special town meeting pass. One asks voters to adopt the “stretch building code,” which places higher energy efficiency requirements on new construction and buildings undergoing substantial renovations. A presentation … 0

Lee wins 2nd Franklin Republican race

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

ATHOL — Susannah Whipps Lee will go on to face two-term incumbent Denise Andrews in the November election for representative of the 2nd Franklin district. Lee, an Athol selectman, beat fellow Republican Karen Anderson of Orange, for a … 1

It’s primary day, who’s on the ballot?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Massachusetts voters are heading to the polls on primary day today to narrow down the Democratic and Republican candidates for a slew of political offices. The only local race in Franklin County, affecting six towns in the Second Franklin House District, pits a political newcomer against an Athol … 0

Neighbors: Shelburne man repairs cemetery signs

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hello neighbor. If you happen to be driving along Route 2 through Charlemont, take notice of the new signs at the entrances to its three cemeteries. Les Chadwick, our neighbor from Shelburne, recently replaced the posts that hold … 0

Fair fire muster results

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Franklin County Fair ended Sunday and results will soon be published for all competitions, from best quilt to strongest draft horse team. Results from the Firefighters’s Muster Sunday, a preview of fair results to come: Midnight alarm Colrain Fire Department, first; Vernon, Vt. Fire Department, second; Warwick … 0

Ballot initiative to repeal gas tax measure fuels debate

Friday, September 5, 2014

It won’t be on the ballot until November, but the campaign to repeal indexing gasoline tax increases to the inflation rate is already receiving plenty of attention, especially in the Republican primary race in the Second Franklin House District. Anyone driving through Orange, Gill, Erving, Warwick, New Salem … 0