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‘One of Greenfield’s libraries’: Franklin County remembers public servant William B. Allen

Monday, October 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Longtime public servant William B. Allen died Saturday, and town officials and leaders say his passing is a big loss to the town, because he was one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable public servants they’ve ever known. “I look at Bill’s passing like one of Greenfield’s libraries just burned down,” said Scott Conti, chairman of the Board of Licensing Commissioners, which Allen chaired for many years after he retired. “He had such deep knowledge of the infrastructure of the town. Any time you run water, or flush a toilet or drive on a road, Bill had a piece of that.” Town officials … 0

Neighbors: Have fun at Celebrate the harvest Festival in Orange

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to celebrate fall — this wonderful time of year — head over to Orange on Sunday, where at 9 a.m. the Celebrate the Harvest Festival begins at the airport. There will be a car show, craft fair (you can start that holiday shopping), food vendors and a parade down East River Street at 1 p.m. The parade’s theme … 0

Neighbors: Local organization head raises money for hungry

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Sept. 27, Andrew Morehouse, the executive editor of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, pedalled 100 miles through Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire to help end hunger in western Massachusetts. The food bank’s 5th annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event raised more than $100,000, with Andrew raising $6,160 of that amount. He said 280 riders of all ages … 1

Warwick asks state to pass pipeline concerns along to FERC by deadline

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

WARWICK — Warwick’s Conservation Commission is requesting that the state’s Energy Facilities Siting Board relay the town’s concerns to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission about the proposed natural gas pipeline before the Aug. 31 deadline to submit comments on the environmental impacts. On Aug. 12, Warwick’s Conservation Commission … 0

Warwick gun ban still drawing fire

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

WARWICK — Some Warwick residents still feel the firearm ban at the Town Hall is unnecessary. But Selectboard members aren’t inclined to retract their policy. During a June meeting, an angry resident, Jon Calcari, raised his voice, and Selectboard Chairwoman Dawn Magi said she felt threatened by the … 0

Warwick Selectboard adopts civility policy

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

WARWICK — The Selectboard has adopted guidelines to control flare-ups and outbursts at its meetings like those that have occurred several times in the past two months. During those meetings, some disagreed with board members and shared their feelings by yelling or using a rude tone with the … 0

Town Hall gun bans not common in Franklin County

Sunday, August 16, 2015

WARWICK — Guns are no longer welcome at Warwick’s public meetings, but the town seems to be an outlier in putting its foot down on firearms. The town’s new policy, adopted by the board in a 2-1 vote, went into effect last week. It stems from an issue … 0

Neighbors: Our neighbors are in our thoughts

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. I told you a nice story the other day about a neighbor who was admitted to Baystate Franklin Medical Center with a respiratory infection, who ended up being diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. I’m sorry to … 0

Neighbors: Franklin County Fair’s Got Talent competition begins

Monday, August 10, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again — the search is on for Franklin County’s most talented. If you’d like to make it to Franklin County Fair’s Got Talent stage, you’ve got just a few more days to submit a link to the video or audio showing everyone your … 0

Anti-pipeliners eyes turn to Otis: Taking of state-protected land could set precedent

Friday, August 7, 2015

A state House bill to carve 15 acres of state forest land in Berkshire County for a 13-mile Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project is raising eyebrows — and voices — among opponents of the company’s larger Northeast Energy Direct pipeline that would cut across Franklin County. The proposed … 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

Warwick gun ban won’t be aggressively enforced

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

WARWICK — New to Warwick’s Town Hall decor are signs banning firearms from the building. The policy stems from an issue at an early July meeting, at which an angry resident, Jon Calcari, raised his voice, and Selectboard … 0

Warwick board bans firearms in Town Hall

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

WARWICK — Firearms are now prohibited in Warwick’s Town Hall. The ban was triggered by a July meeting at which an angry resident, Jon Calcari, raised his voice, and Selectboard Chairwoman Dawn Magi said she felt threatened by … 0