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The fireworks display at Beacon Field in front of Poet's Seat Tower Sunday July 5. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

Neighbors: Greenfield fireworks the best in years

Monday, July 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m sure those of you who attended the fireworks in Greenfield on Sunday night woke up Monday morning still in awe. They were magnificent — the best I’ve seen in many years. I sat on Lunt field and watched — a little away from the more-crowded Beacon Field and the field behind the middle school, though there had to be at least 500 people at Lunt. From the time the first shell rose into the clear night sky above Poet’s Seat Tower to the last of what can only be described as a spectacular finale, there was no time for boredom. For a … 0

Whately health board to up tobacco sales age

Friday, July 3, 2015

WHATELY — Whately’s Board of Health plans to adopt revisions to its tobacco sales regulations during its meeting July 15. During a public hearing Wednesday night, Chairman Francis Fortino said two residents spoke in favor of the policy. With the changes, Whately will join Greenfield, Montague, Leverett and Gill in raising the legal age for buying tobacco products from 18 to 21. Whately’s … 0

Watershed Council plans to sue Chang Farms

Thursday, July 2, 2015

WHATELY — Alleging that Chang Farms has been violating its federal pollution discharge permit routinely over the past five years, the Connecticut River Watershed Council said Thursday that it plans to sue the Whately bean sprout farm in federal court. According to a letter of intent sent to the owners, Tso-Cheng Chang and Sidney Chang, the CRWC plans to bring a citizen’s suit … 0

Neighbors: Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum has two new additions

Monday, June 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. Residents and visitors were greeted recently with a big surprise in downtown Shelburne Falls as two trolleys rolled through town and up the hill to their new home at Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum. Until now, the … 0

Neighbors: ‘Diggity Dogs’ had their day in the sun

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Hello neighbor. I am constantly hearing about the wonderful things Franklin County businesses and nonprofits are doing for their communities, and I’m sure most of you have figured out by now how much I love animals. So, how do these two statements relate? Well, the local nonprofit Diggity … 0

Whately Democrats to caucus Friday

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

WHATELY — The Whately Democratic Caucus will be held Friday, where registered Democrats will be able to pick their delegates for two state events. The caucus will be held at 4 p.m. in the Whately Center School and is open to any registered Democratic voter in town. Attendees … 0

Whately votes back borrowing for town offices

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

WHATELY — The town now has the authority to borrow the money it will need to purchase the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System building in the Whately Industrial Park, which it plans to use as its new town offices, during the town’s annual elections Tuesday night. The measure … 0

Neighbors: Keep your children and pets safe this summer

Monday, June 8, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well folks, we’re headed into summer and it’s time once again to remind you not to leave your child or pet in a hot car, even for a minute. According to doctors and veterinarians from all over the nation, once the temperature reaches 70 degrees Fahrenheit … 0

Tech School grads asked ‘Who will you be?’

Friday, June 5, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Individuality was the theme of the evening Friday as 122 Franklin County Technical School graduates from 13 shops received their diplomas at a commencement ceremony on the school’s football field. Guest speaker Dr. Sheila Harrity, … 0

Weekly meetings for June 8-13

Friday, June 5, 2015

Ashfield Finance Committee: Monday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Planning Board: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of … 0

South County Notebook

Friday, June 5, 2015

Monday is last day to register for special town meeting DEERFIELD — Monday will be the last day that unregistered voters will be able to register to vote and participate in Deerfield’s special town meeting on June 17. The special town meeting will be held in the town … 0

Frontier: For life advice, ask a kindergartner

Friday, June 5, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In the Internet age, crowd-sourcing has become much easier, with technology like Google allowing us to connect with each other instantly. In fact, integrating Google into classrooms has become a hot topic at the Frontier … 0

Neighbors: Literacy Project to hold another “Bloomsday” event in downtown Greenfield

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Hello neighbor. This month The Literacy Project in Greenfield will celebrate James Joyce’s “Bloomsday,” with activities in The Arts Block on Main Street. Along with other enthusiasts of Joyce’s “Ulysses,” the epic tale of a day in the life of fictitious Leopold Bloom in Dublin, Ireland, The Literacy … 0