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Wilder Homestead restoration in Buckland moves to next phase with help from glass artist
02-19-2024 5:42 PM

By VIRGINIA RAY

BUCKLAND — When Shelburne glass artist Josh Simpson made his first visit to the Buckland Historical Society’s Wilder Homestead restoration project last year, the mention of hand-blown glass in the windows above the door to the barn caught his...

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‘Bringing harvest to the community’: Shelburne Falls Community Orchard on the move
04-15-2024 11:47 AM

By VIRGINIA RAY

Though her original idea to start a small community orchard at Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School doesn’t appear to be in the cards, Julia Godfrey will instead donate and move most of her fruit trees and bushes to the Demonstration Permaculture...


Info session to share conceptual design for Buckland’s bike-themed pocket park
04-09-2024 11:50 AM

By VIRGINIA RAY

BUCKLAND — The committee that’s working to create a bicycle-themed pocket park on Conway Street is holding a public information session to share the architectural plan developed by Walter Cudnohufsky Associates Inc.The meeting will be held Thursday,...


Info session on streetlight conversation planned ahead of Shelburne Town Meeting vote
04-02-2024 10:16 AM

By VIRGINIA RAY

SHELBURNE — Residents are invited to an informational meeting on Wednesday, April 17, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center to hear more about the planned streetlight conversion. Jeff Boettner, chair of the Shelburne Streetlight...


Mohawk Trail proposes $26.7M budget for FY25; public hearing set for Wednesday
02-19-2024 3:37 PM

By VIRGINIA RAY

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District School Committee is bringing a $26.97 million total operating and capital budget proposal for fiscal year 2025 to a public hearing this week, representing a 5.34% increase over this year’s...


Ashfield cell tower planned for early summer completion
02-08-2024 1:36 PM

By VIRGINIA RAY

ASHFIELD — The Planning Board has granted telecommunications infrastructure developer Vertex Towers a six-month extension on its special permit to build a cell tower on Ridge Hill, a project that has been in the works for more than two years. “The...


Montague Selectboard signs contract for Shea Theater mural
01-25-2024 11:52 AM

By VIRGINIA RAY

MONTAGUE — The town is one step closer to seeing a 3,200-square-foot mural painted on the east exterior wall of the Shea Theater Arts Center now that the Selectboard unanimously approved a contract with Common Wealth Murals LLC, a Springfield-based...


Montague solar forum being planned for spring
01-25-2024 11:21 AM

By VIRGINIA RAY

MONTAGUE — Residents will have a chance to weigh in on a Community Solar Action Plan and solar energy possibilities for the future during a town-wide forum being planned for the spring.Energy Committee Co-Chairs Sally Pick and Tim Van Egmond met with...


Late Selectboard member, firefighter and EMT Bob Manners was ‘born to work in public service’
01-23-2024 2:56 PM

By VIRGINIA RAY

SHELBURNE — Following the recent death of Robert “Bob” Manners, longtime Shelburne Selectboard member, firefighter and EMT, local firefighters decorated the Shelburne Fire Station’s facade with black mourning bunting in memory of their friend, mentor...


More than 60 area artists to display work at Bridge of Flowers Art Show and Sale
09-29-2023 5:08 PM

By VIRGINIA RAY

SHELBURNE FALLS — More than 60 local and regional artists will showcase their work celebrating the iconic Bridge of Flowers, the Deerfield River it spans and its surrounding views during the inaugural Bridge of Flowers Art Show and Sale.The event,...


Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls to close in October for extensive repairs
07-28-2023 6:55 PM

By VIRGINIA RAY

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Bridge of Flowers will close as usual in late October, but this time it will not reopen until major and much-needed repairs have been made, thanks to a $2.28 million state infrastructure grant.The Shelburne Falls Fire District,...


Upgrades to municipal facilities, bridges among plans for West County in 2023
01-15-2023 1:00 PM

By VIRGINIA RAY

Editor’s note: The Greenfield Recorder has been publishing stories about what Franklin County residents can likely expect to see happening in their towns in 2023. Details about projects in the western part of the county were shared in two parts. This...

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