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Jean Frenette: Wasting energy, anyone?
01-30-2024 4:11 PM

I turn off the electric heat in every room except the bathroom. It is 55 degrees in the house the next morning. National Grid leaves bright lights on all night at their installations. I guess at 67 I must go cold for their wastefulness. I just wish my...

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$17K fundraiser seeks to restore Heath Community Hall windows
03-12-2024 12:34 PM


HEATH — Members of the Community Hall Windows Fundraising Committee are urging residents from Heath and beyond to join in their effort to restore the windows of the cherished building.Having recently commemorated the building’s 150th anniversary since...

Break-ins prompt minor building repairs in West County towns
03-01-2024 12:52 PM


HEATH — A series of break-ins targeting schools in western Franklin County — and in Heath’s case, a school turned into a municipal building — have left towns coping with minor building repairs.Ashfield’s Sanderson Academy and the Heath Municipal...

West County Notebook: March 1, 2024
02-29-2024 2:37 PM

Shelburne town clerk shareselection details SHELBURNE — Town Clerk Joe Judd advises that this year’s annual town election is scheduled for May 21 at Cowell Gymnasium, 51 Maple St. Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.Nomination papers will be...

West County Notebook: Jan. 26, 2024
01-25-2024 2:50 PM

Library hosting cafe to talk about climate anxiety CHARLEMONT — Tyler Memorial Library at 157 Main St. will host a Climate Cafe on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m. The Climate Cafe is a space for people who are concerned about climate change and its...

10 Franklin County communities get state funds for storm damage repairs
01-22-2024 4:34 PM


BOSTON — With the long-awaited announcement of storm damage relief funding at the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s annual conference this past weekend, Deerfield and Conway, as well as 35 other communities around the state, are finding themselves...

Grant infusion boosts priority road projects in West County towns in 2024
01-08-2024 4:56 PM


Editor’s note: The Greenfield Recorder is publishing stories about what Franklin County residents can likely expect to see happening in their towns in 2024. Details about projects in the western part of the county were shared in two installments. This...

They found their haven in Heath: Tractor collection began with anniversary gift
01-08-2024 11:01 AM


On a spring day nearly 20 years ago, Jon and Jane Severance drove along River Road, which connects Sunderland with the Cheapside area near the Greenfield-Deerfield line. They passed a 1945 Model D John Deere tractor with a sign: “It runs.” Jon...

West County Notebook: Dec. 9, 2023
12-08-2023 2:35 PM

Library to host climate change play readings BUCKLAND — Climate Change Theater Action will present “All Good Things Must Begin” at the Arms Library, located at 60 Bridge St., on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m. The free show will feature several five-minute...

West County Notebook: Nov. 21, 2023
11-20-2023 4:08 PM

Dec. 2: Author Joan Livingston talk CHARLEMONT — Shelburne Falls author Joan Livingston will talk about her writing experience including her latest novel, “Northern Comfort,” on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. at Tyler Memorial Library. Like most of...

Strategic planning event to consider Heath library’s future
11-16-2023 3:07 PM


HEATH — Having conducted a study to help inform the Heath Free Public Library’s future, library trustees are hosting an Open House and Strategic Planning Party on Saturday to present a draft of their strategic plan for the next three to five years....

My Turn: Help out long-term care facility residents
10-31-2023 12:22 PM


For the first time in 16 years, there is a chance some residents of long-term care facilities could get their Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) increase. Bill H.626, introduced last January by Rep. Sean Garballey, D-23rd...

Heath Selectboard opts against Special Town Meeting on school assessment formula
10-20-2023 1:06 PM


HEATH — Despite a request from the Mohawk Trail Regional School District School Committee, the Selectboard has opted not to call a Special Town Meeting for the town to revote on changes proposed to the district’s regional agreement that would alter...

Heath Selectboard clears police chief in golf carts stop at Mohawk Estates
10-18-2023 5:38 PM


HEATH — The Selectboard has referred a complaint against the police chief over his stop of a family riding golf carts at Mohawk Estates to the community’s board president after vetting the matter.On Sept. 18, a part-time resident of Mohawk Estates, a...

Heath Finance Committee opposes Special Town Meeting on school assessment formula
10-13-2023 5:57 PM


HEATH — The Finance Committee voted unanimously to not recommend holding a Special Town Meeting for the town to revote on changes to the Mohawk Trail Regional School District agreement, despite a request from the School Committee. This vote came after...

Former Heath veteran lobbying for ‘Fallen Heroes Memorial Month’
10-03-2023 9:25 PM


Four years after chronicling the stories of 50 Gold Star families across the country, Heath native Keith Sherman has started another mission to ensure the legacies of service members killed overseas are not lost to the shrouds of time.Sherman, who now...

$118K to boost outdoor recreation, forestry practices in four towns
09-24-2023 2:05 PM


Four Franklin County towns received a total of $117,637 as part of a $460,000 round of Woodlands Partnership Grants from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs that will be used to improve access to outdoor recreation in town and...

Heath negotiating deal with private contractor for plowing
09-11-2023 5:43 PM


HEATH — In the absence of money to acquire a new truck, town officials are working out an agreement with a private contractor for snow removal services this winter. Pending successful contract negotiations, Vermont-based Saladino Property Maintenance...

New signs in Buckland, Heath honor legacy of late painter Robert Strong Woodward
09-10-2023 1:09 PM


To help visitors learn about 20th-century painter Robert Strong Woodward’s mark on the area, the Friends group dedicated to keeping his memory alive has installed new signs at the locations of his Buckland and Heath studios.“We just think he is a...

School officials request Heath vote on changing assessment formula
09-08-2023 4:43 PM


HEATH — School officials are asking the town to convene a Special Town Meeting to approve an amendment to the Mohawk Trail Regional School District agreement that aims to bring it “in line with” the way the Department of Elementary and Secondary...

West County Notebook: Sept. 5, 2023
09-04-2023 12:35 PM

Square dance moved to November HEATH — Because Community Hall will be closed in September for repairs, the annual September square dance will be postponed until November this year.The square dance, hosted by local caller Doug Wilkins, will be held on...

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