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Little Yellow Trolley

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 Bartlett. The book describes the early days … 0

Neighbors: Community says “goodbye” to longtime service agency head

Monday, August 24, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Wednesday, The United Arc will say “bon voyage” to its executive director of 39 years. Ed Porter has performed a variety of roles in the position since 1976, helping the agency expand and adapt to the changing needs of our community over the years. Ed is leaving shortly after completing … 0

Weekly Town Meetings

Friday, August 21, 2015

Ashfield Selectboard: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Technology/Finance Committee/Selectboard: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Parks Commission: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Veterans Agent: Monday 9 a.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Council on Aging: Thursday 12:30 p.m. … 0

Police: Deerfield man nearly crashed into cruiser

Friday, August 21, 2015

WHATELY — A South Deerfield man was arrested in the Club Castaway’s parking lot after police say he almost hit a police cruiser while driving drunk. Thomas D. Utterback, 53, was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and obstructing a … 0

Neighbors: Remember the power your words have and use them wisely

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. I have lots to tell you about today. Before I go into what’s happening in the county, I’d like to tell you about an unsigned note I received from one of you fine folks, and then … 0

‘Smart switches’ cut down on power outages

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

GREENFIELD — Eversource Energy has recently finished installing 40 “smart switches” in 17 western Massachusetts towns, including seven in Franklin County, which the company says will help increase reliability across its grid. Eversource spokeswoman Priscilla Ress said the … 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

New school year, new schedule at Frontier

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The first day of school is a little more than two weeks away for students at the Frontier Regional School District and Union 38, and this year they’ll notice some changes to their usual schedule. Students will be released an hour and a half early … 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

Civil War gravestones slated for repair

Sunday, August 9, 2015

WHATELY — More than 120 men from Whately fought in the American Civil War, according Ena Cane’s 1972 history of the town, and 23 of them gave their lives to it. Some of those soldiers found their final … 0

Whately rollover sends man to hospital

Sunday, August 9, 2015

WHATELY — A man was taken to the hospital with minor injuries after a rollover accident on Interstate 91 Sunday, according to state police. The accident occurred at about 3:48 p.m. on the southbound lanes of the highway in Whately. The man was the driver and sole occupant. … 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

Fire destroys historic Athol barn; Whately sees downed lines from storm

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

ATHOL — “I heard it and I felt it and happened to look out and see the corner of the barn was on fire,” said Maria Vitello of the lightning strike that destroyed the family barn next door … 0