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Letter: Solar power

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

One of the concerns that people have about solar power is that the land space needed for their full implementation would prevent agricultural and other use of said space. Has anyone considered off-shore platforms? The ocean is big, the intrusion could be minimal, and for those whose delicate aesthetic sensibilities are offended by large arrays of panels, they’d be out of sight. No farmland usurped, no trees to cut, no … 0

Neighbors: ’Tis the season of giving

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Diggity Dogs Service Dogs, a nonprofit in Shelburne Falls, will tour the valley today to thank the community for another year of support. Diggity Dogs will also be raising awareness for #GivingTuesday, which is today. Following two of the biggest shopping days of the year — Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a global movement of generosity, which began in … 0

Climate March comes to North Quabbin Sunday

Thursday, November 26, 2015

As France prepares for next week’s gathering of world leaders to act on climate change, a range of citizens from the Quabbin Region will join with over 2,500 other groups around the world to stage the Global People’s Climate March for the Earth. The North Quabbin People’s March will take place on Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Uptown Common, Athol. … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary … 0

Letter: Actions have consequences

Friday, November 20, 2015

To the vandals who damaged the signs at Patty Morey Walker’s property: I want you to know your actions have changed my mind about the pipeline. I am now going to vote against it. WILLIAM SIMPSON Wendell … 1

Neighbors: Local youngster learn about and teach composting

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Fourth-grade students at The Discovery School at Four Corners recently learned about taking notes, paragraphing, composing informational text, and formulating an opinion through a study of composting, according to their teacher Marguerite Rancourt. All students read … 0

Lawmakers grapple with details of solar law

Monday, November 16, 2015

Among the top priorities for legislators before leaving for their end-of-year break Wednesday is fixing the state’s program that allows solar-electricity-producing businesses and municipalities to sell power back to the grid at retail rates. The current caps on … 2

Letter: Honest experience

Monday, November 16, 2015

We are all too aware of recent robberies in town, including a number unreported in the press in the Davis Street area. But yesterday, the news (for me) was different. I was washing several kitchen floor mats at the laundromat on the French King Highway, which was bustling … 0

Local filmmaker hits the road to speak for community co-ops

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Filmmaker Steve Alves is on a roll again, raising money once more for his documentary, “Food for Change.” But this time, the campaign for the 2013 film that began as a short promo for Green Fields Market has … 0

FRCOG seeks town approvals for regional emergency shelters

Sunday, November 15, 2015

When the next tornado, flood or power-killing snowstorm paralyzes Franklin County towns, will there be accessible shelters out of harm’s way for evacuees? In the two years after the Franklin County Regional Shelter Plan was introduced, Patricia Smith, senior land use planner for the Franklin County Regional Council … 0

Neighbors: More local calendars released

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter and Adoption Center has just released its new 2016 calendar, which is filled with four-legged beauties. The calendar also includes more than 30 photos and bios of dogs that have been adopted. You can count off the days of 2016 … 0

WiredWest to reorganize as role changes

Friday, November 6, 2015

Now that so many towns without broadband access have voted to borrow millions for a “last mile” fiber optic network, WiredWest has drafted an operating agreement for those that want join a regional fiber-optic network that will be run by WiredWest. The 40-page draft was discussed Friday between … 0

Letter: White House blunder

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The latest blunder by this administration was not giving Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler, barely 40 years old, credit for being a combat death. He served 14 tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, received 14 Bronze Stars, spent 20 years in the military and was a member of the Army … 0