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‘A vacation just 10 minutes away’: Buckland Recreation Area pool opens for season
05-28-2024 11:31 AM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

BUCKLAND — Cynthia Schwartz was only 4 years old when the first Buckland Recreation Area swimming pool opened in 1963, but she remembers a town parade and the hoopla surrounding Buster Crabbe, an Olympic gold-medal swimmer and “Flash Gordon” film star...

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Academy of Charlemont graduates ready to launch out of the ‘basket’
06-09-2024 1:38 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

CHARLEMONT — Everyone in the Class of 2024 was a commencement speaker at the Academy at Charlemont, and each of the 11 new graduates reminisced and shared their graduation thoughts with cheering friends and family on Saturday afternoon. “Today is the...


Write-in candidate Blakeslee wins Selectboard seat in Charlemont
06-06-2024 11:26 AM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

CHARLEMONT — Write-in candidate Kim Alison Blakeslee is the newest Selectboard member, having won in a contest against ballot candidate Stephen W. Thayer by a 95-77 vote.After Tuesday’s election, Blakeslee said she was overwhelmed by the community...


‘Breathe deep and love your life’: Stoneleigh-Burnham School celebrates 20 graduates
05-31-2024 4:03 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

GREENFIELD — Wearing white dresses and big smiles, 20 young women graduated Friday at the 155th commencement exercises at Stoneleigh-Burnham School.Several members of the Class of 2024 entered Stoneleigh-Burnham just in time for COVID-19 pandemic...


$1.9M budget, police cruiser spending among Colrain Town Meeting topics
05-31-2024 2:18 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

COLRAIN — Annual Town Meeting voters will be asked to adopt a $1.9 million operating budget for fiscal year 2025, buy a police cruiser, save library statuary, and add a short-term rental provision and a Floodplain Overlay District to the zoning...


Ballot candidate sees write-in challenge for Selectboard seat in Charlemont
05-31-2024 12:18 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

CHARLEMONT — While Stephen W. Thayer is the sole ballot candidate seeking election to a two-year Selectboard term, Kim Alison Blakeslee is challenging him with a write-in campaign.The victor in Tuesday’s election will fill the seat vacated by William...


Fire truck, police cruiser replacements up for vote at Charlemont Town Meeting
05-24-2024 10:58 AM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

CHARLEMONT — Annual Town Meeting attendees will be asked to replace a failing, 27-year-old fire truck, buy a new police cruiser, start a new fire district with Rowe and adopt a bylaw that spells out procedures for recalling an elected town...


Baker claims Selectboard seat in Rowe
05-20-2024 12:42 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

ROWE — William “Bill” Baker won his write-in bid for a three-year Selectboard seat in Saturday’s town election by a vote of 44 to 19 against write-in candidate Margaret “Meg” Pallotta.“I’m just happy to be able to contribute to the town,” Baker said...


Northfield Mount Hermon’s Class of 2024 heading for next mission
05-19-2024 5:19 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

GILL — The joyful clamor of well-wishers that resounded throughout the Northfield Mount Hermon School graduation ceremony might well be the shouts “heard ’round the world.” With a grades 9-12 student body coming from 63 nations and 35 U.S. states, the...


Pair of write-in candidates vying for Rowe Selectboard seat
05-16-2024 1:51 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

ROWE — Two write-in candidates are vying for an open three-year Selectboard seat, as the current chair, Chuck Sokol, is not seeking reelection.Polls will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rowe Elementary School.Meg PallottaSelectboard...


Yacovone-Biagi looks to fill vacant Selectboard seat in Shelburne
05-14-2024 5:51 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

SHELBURNE — Although there are no contested races on the ballot for the annual town election on Tuesday, May 21, voters will usher in a new Selectboard member.Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cowell Gymnasium, 51 Maple St. In-person...


Rowe voters to consider two-town fire district, expanding cemetery
05-10-2024 2:52 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

ROWE — Annual Town Meeting voters will consider creating a two-town fire district with Charlemont, expanding the town cemetery and enlarging Pelham Lake Park when they meet Monday at 7 p.m. in the Rowe Elementary School, following a Special Town...


Heath Finance Committee opposes school spending articles as Town Meeting nears
05-09-2024 6:29 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

HEATH — Annual Town Meeting voters will be asked to consider an overall $1.6 million fiscal year 2025 spending plan for town government services on Saturday, along with another $1 million assessment for its share of the $26.7 million Mohawk Trail...


Streetlight proposal gets unanimous approval in Shelburne
05-08-2024 3:09 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

SHELBURNE — Residents packed the Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School auditorium Tuesday night to give unanimous approval to a plan to buy the town’s streetlights from Eversource and replace them with low-wattage LED lights that could save the town...


Pair of public servants vying for Selectboard seat in Heath
05-08-2024 9:55 AM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

HEATH — Two candidates with years of town service between them are vying for the Selectboard seat of Susan Lively, who is not seeking reelection to another three-year term.Michael Smith, 55, is a lifelong resident. He was the town’s highway...


Colrain voters to decide Selectboard, moderator races
05-06-2024 12:40 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

COLRAIN — Both a Selectboard seat and the town moderator position are contested as voters head to the polls today from noon to 7 p.m. in Town Hall.Katie Korby and Howard Phelps are vying for a three-year Selectboard term to fill a vacancy left by Thom...


Longtime moderator retains position in Ashfield election
05-06-2024 11:11 AM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

ASHFIELD — Longtime Moderator Stewart “Buz” Eisenberg handily defeated opponent Evan Barth by a vote of 164 to 31 during Saturday’s town election.The race for a one-term term as moderator was the only contest on the ballot. Voters also supported a...


‘We are among the leaders’: Ashfield Town Meeting voters pass bevy of clean energy proposals
05-05-2024 2:48 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

ASHFIELD — When Bill Ryan moved to town 25 years ago, an old-timer told him, “In Ashfield, we only have two seasons: winter and the Fourth of July.”“In my first year here, we had 120 inches of snow,” Ryan mused. “Not now.”On Saturday, Ryan was among...


Streetlight decision comes to Shelburne Town Meeting
05-04-2024 2:01 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

SHELBURNE — Will Shelburne buy its 101 streetlights from Eversource, replacing the sodium-vapor lights with low-wattage LEDs that would cut the town’s utility bills and energy use?Annual Town Meeting voters will decide on Tuesday, May 7. They will...


Heath ‘Meet the Candidates’ night set for Sunday
05-03-2024 3:52 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

HEATH — A pre-election “Meet the Candidates” event will be held Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m. in the Jacobs Road Municipal Center.William Emmet and Michael Smith are vying for the three-year Selectboard seat currently held by Sue Lively, who is not seeking...


Write-ins to decide most positions in Hawley
05-03-2024 1:24 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

HAWLEY — Only three names are printed on this year’s town election ballot, but additional residents have stepped up to fill the empty seats as write-in candidates.Polls will be open on Monday, May 6, from 11:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Town...

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