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Beautifully written Samantha Wood , thank you! This series is great, a little bird's eye peek into someone new to gardening trying it out. I confess, that even after over 40 years, I am still thrilled with those first fruits! Gardening is one of those things I think everyone should do, even if it is just a pot of chives on the counter. Cheering from the sidelines! Devorah ...(full comment)

Room to grow: Digging that first arrival at the garden

Sounds lovely. Too bad you forgot to mention the constant police and ambulance trips up and down Leyden Road accompanied by lights and sirens throughout the entire "fun" festival. Or the nonstop traffic from Thursday until late Monday night. But wait, let's not forget the trash that gets thrown out car windows all over the stretch of Leyden Road intimately ending up on taxpayers lawns and property. I am grateful that you mentioned the after hours music going on all night long in the cabins and at various campfires from Thursday night till Monday night. It's enough to keep local residents awake all night and that is exactly what happens. And lest we forget, there is also the plethora of drugs brought in to this festival that smacks of arrogance and is counterintuitive to the hard work of the Franklin County and local police departments in the area efforts to banish this part of Massachusetts of drugs in general. There are two sides to this travesty that occurs twice a year at Camp Kee-Wanee. It would be beneficial to all that read this warm and fuzzy story of Worm-Town that the taxpayers that are within hearing distance of this music festival (which extends to the Leyden and Colrain hills) are not happy that this travesty that has been imposed on us without warning or consideration 14 years ago. Shame on the local Kiwanis Clubs that welcome this as a money maker for their local children's camp. I did not choose to have this occur when I bought my home 17 years ago, nor did any of my neighbors. ...(full comment)

Thousands settle in for music, fun at Strangecreek

Its Selcetman Arthur Johnson not Gilmore. ...(full comment)

Erving eyes potential railroad crossing bill

Hawley just consigned itself to a broadband backwater that will be surrounded by plentiful broadband service, and if you think the costs of participating in WiredWest were too high, just wait until you try and sell your property in a market that considers homes with no good broadband options an absolute deal-breaker. It's awful the community was misled to believe a wireless solution would be a suitable alternative. We've studied the alternatives and there are frankly none practical for Hawley, Mass. I'm sorry, but another "study" won't change that. Our findings (http://stopthecap.com/2015/05/07/western-mass-voters-stampede-for-fiber-optic-broadband-in-communities-big-telecom-ignored/) show Hawley, now on its own, will be too small and in an impossible place to sustain any wireless network alternative. White space is out because there are too few open channels to support it and traditional Wireless ISPs are going to have a very difficult time justifying the expense of a wireless network for only about 300 homes. They almost never can deliver speeds that qualify as broadband in any case. ...(full comment)

Hawley voters OK amended recall, broadband articles

The counties 'Premiere' drug dealer? Swept up in a 1 bag deal, and busted with $400 and residue? Wow, that's ah, that's some great work. ...(full comment)

Police: ‘premier’ dealer arrested on drug charges

This is very inspiring. I salute Ms. Luna for her courage to take off and fly with her passion. I, at age 70, am just getting started getting serious with my art and loving every minute of it; giving myself an hour a day, choosing to paint on odd surfaces like brown bags, yogurt lids, computer packaging (so far) - just for fun. I will check out some of the places Ms. Luna mentions and look up her artwork there. Blessings. ...(full comment)

Artist Elle Luna: 'Find and Follow Your Passion'

For the record I am against the death penalty in this case. I was appalled by his defense teams actions in pleading him innocent but admitting guilt during trial, if they truly wanted to save him from the death penalty they should have presented more medical evidence concerning brainwashing and grooming a child to hate. They allowed him grow a beard which made him look more Muslim. His statement "I didn't know people would die" shows immaturity like this was nothing more than a prank, flipping the bird to the camera also indicates immaturity rather than hostility. He could have never gotten a fair trial in Massachusetts, and yet the judge refused to grant a change of venue. My take on counsel is one of incompetence. ( Train a dog to attack and he will, even if he is a puppy at heart) ...(full comment)

Local reaction mixed to Tsarnaev death penalty decision

There was no reason for a trial. He should have been shot when they caught him. ...(full comment)

Local reaction mixed to Tsarnaev death penalty decision

Hubbard is harmless. My wife and I walk our dogs and see him with his black lab. If the other guy brandished his weapon, do you think Hubbard would then go attack the guy with the knife. I live two streets over on Devens St. As a parent of a teenager a 12 and 11 year olds it scares me that this happened for little to no reason so close to home. ...(full comment)

Self-defense or unwarranted attack?

What a great article! It looks like we'll be planning a day trip to Stockbridge in the near future. We've seen several of Leyendecker's works at The National Museum of American Illustrators on Bellevue Ave. in Newport, RI. It's a wonderful museum. ...(full comment)

The Great Leyendecker: Largely forgotten illustrator created iconic American images

For crying out loud you are suspending an NFL icon at the beginning of a season for questionable and highly debatable infractions at a time when the NFL needs more favorable bias. Could this be the start of a long slippery slope in popularity of the NFL? ...(full comment)

Local fans react to Pats’ penalties

The Capital Stabilization Plan was formed by Myra Carlow 8 years ago and includes a long term road plan. During my term as selectman, this plan has been funded although the Highway Superintendent's request for funding was drastically cut when Paul was on the BOS. It is regrettable that Paul has spoken with only a select few of the Town Employees; had he done so, he would have discovered that they are very upset with the statement in his letter that the BOS micromanages. In fact, the freedom to do their jobs unhindered is a new and welcome change for them. As to the by-laws, they should be reviewed on a regular basis, however, it should be noted that Paul has several times tried to alter the by-law concerning the Finance Committee and the changes had the appearance of accommodating his own changing circumstances. ...(full comment)

Rowe ballot has 2-way selectman’s seat contest

****Apologies, the correct address for Buckland Rec. Center is 66 Ashfield Rd., not Buckland Rd. ***** ...(full comment)

Clean Sweep: A good time to get rid of all the stuff