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PHOTOS: Cultural exploration
04-11-2024 12:57 PM

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Judge dismisses case against former Buckland police chief
04-22-2024 6:40 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — A former Buckland police chief’s court case on charges of indecent assault and battery has been dismissed by a judge one year after it was continued without a finding.James T. Hicks, 57, last May admitted the prosecution had sufficient...


West County Notebook: April 23, 2024
04-22-2024 9:53 AM

Catamount Hill Association offering guided hike COLRAIN — The Catamount Hill Association is sponsoring a guided hike on Catamount Hill, weather permitting, on Saturday, April 27. Participants should meet at 10 a.m. at the corner of Route 112 and...


Two local school advocates tapped to lead state’s new Small and Rural Schools Committee
04-16-2024 5:29 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

As rural schools and their challenges continue to become a more prominent topic at the state level, two local champions of Franklin County’s schools have been tapped to serve as co-chairs of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees’ (MASC)...


‘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,...


Short-term rental bylaws heading to Town Meeting in Buckland
03-28-2024 2:46 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

BUCKLAND — Residents will vote whether to approve bylaws regulating short-term rentals, such as Airbnb or Vrbo properties, in the commercial and residential districts at this year’s Annual Town Meeting on May 4.If passed, the bylaws would establish a...


David Parrella: Conspiracies and immigration
03-27-2024 4:41 PM

A recent My Turn in the Recorder blamed our problems at the border on a deliberate Marxist-Globalist conspiracy to destroy our country. Many of those who seem to hold these views are descendants of the Irish immigrants in the nineteenth century who...


Buckland wood bank seeks volunteers for April 20 event
03-23-2024 3:01 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

BUCKLAND — Despite all the trees felled by storms or cut down for utility access, about 13,000 rural households in Massachusetts still experience “energy insecurity,” according to the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). But a fairly...


David Parrella: Immigrants do not equal criminals
03-18-2024 4:34 PM

In a March 15 opinion, a writer wrote that, “We currently have 11 million illegal immigrants as well as our own criminals in our country” [My Turn, “Much to fear from rampant immigration”]. This promotes the fiction that all immigrants are criminals,...


Public hearing planned on short-term rentals in Buckland
03-17-2024 8:14 AM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

BUCKLAND — Residents will be able to weigh in on a proposed bylaw later this month that would allow short-term rentals while ensuring public safety, maintaining neighborhood character and preventing possible nuisances for abutters.By the end of 2022,...


Public comment sought on responsible clean energy development
03-13-2024 6:26 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Residents have until Friday to submit their input regarding the process by which clean energy projects are permitted in Massachusetts.An online survey is soliciting public comment on how the state should protect health, safety and community livability...


Mohawk Trail’s regional agreement changes coming back to towns
03-13-2024 12:00 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

BUCKLAND — Following a vote from the School Committee, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District intends to reintroduce the same regional agreement amendments that failed to receive approval from all eight member towns last year.“We can change the...


Mohawk Trail Regional School Honor Roll, Second Quarter
03-09-2024 3:14 PM

Seventh Grade High Honors: Maya Baunsgard, Kayden Berry, Harper Briggs, Teagan Donahue, Oliver Ferris, Zavel Gardner, Armando Gonzalez, Emmalee Inman, Clinton Jacques, Za’Riah Johnson, Ava LaCross, Wyeth Miller, Abigail Osterman, Ryah Pizzi, Kaylin...


West County Notebook: March 9, 2024
03-08-2024 2:34 PM

Sen. Paul Mark’s staff holding office hours in Buckland BUCKLAND — State Sen. Paul Mark’s staff will hold office hours on Tuesdays, March 12 and 26, from 10 a.m. to noon at Buckland Town Hall, located at 17 State St.Constituents of Mark’s Berkshire,...


PHOTO: Hazy setting
03-07-2024 3:32 PM


Mohawk Trail, Hawlemont budgets get school board approval, head to Town Meeting
03-05-2024 3:42 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

With both the Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont regional school district school committees having approved proposed budgets for fiscal year 2025, the funding requests will now come before Annual Town Meeting voters this spring.Mohawk Trail budgetFollowing a...


Birthday luncheon remembers Mary Lyon as ‘a woman ahead of her time’
03-01-2024 2:01 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

BUCKLAND — Renowned women’s education advocate Mary Lyon likely never would have expected that her hometown would continue to celebrate her legacy 227 years after her birth.On Wednesday, a group of Mount Holyoke College alumnae and fellow admirers of...


Marilyn Kelsey: Shout out to mini-GOATs
02-21-2024 9:32 PM

Shout out and thanks to our local mini-GOATs: Buckland employees! Bernardston Senior Center staff!  Greenfield LifePath's senior home-safety programs!  Wow, truly greatest of all time!  Marilyn KelseyBuckland


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...


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...

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