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Karen Traub: What it means when you lose a public library
05-17-2024 2:19 PM

With no library, the town of Orange will lose state aid, reciprocity with other towns, access to grants, and property value. Defunding the library will not make up for the budget shortfall and will harm the town for years to come. When you lose a...

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Michael DeChiara: Don't ‘Quabbin-ize’ us on clean energy
05-16-2024 8:38 PM

The Quabbin Reservoir is a powerful reminder of towns being steamrolled by state government to get its way. Almost 100 years after construction began, the same dynamic is at play again, this time motivated by a narrow interpretation on how to expedite...

South County Notebook: May 11, 2024
05-10-2024 1:30 PM

Historical Society hosting ‘French Flintlock Musket: A Game-Changer in the Struggle for Independence’ CONWAY — The Conway Historical Society is presenting its May program on Tuesday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to learn about the role...

Shutesbury voters back battery storage bylaw at Town Meeting
04-28-2024 11:01 AM


SHUTESBURY — Voters gave their blessing to a new bylaw regulating large-scale battery storage and 27 other articles at Saturday’s Annual Town Meeting, with votes on adopting a specialized energy code for buildings and enacting a solicitation bylaw...

Shutesbury voters to decide on battery storage, lighting bylaws
04-24-2024 10:58 AM


SHUTESBURY — Bylaws to regulate large-scale battery storage, limit outdoor light pollution, reduce greenhouse gas emissions in new housing construction and control door-to-door solicitors will be considered by residents at Annual Town Meeting on...

Shutesbury Elementary School principal leaving in June after 10 years
04-15-2024 12:49 PM


SHUTESBURY — After 10 years as principal at Shutesbury Elementary School, Jacqueline Mendonsa is leaving the position at the end of June to relocate to the Boston area.“It is very hard for me to put into words my true love and appreciation for our...

Shutesbury library lands $10K accessibility grant
03-17-2024 12:01 PM


SHUTESBURY — A project to improve accessibility for patrons at the current Shutesbury library and the new library building that will break ground in June is being supported by a $10,000 grant from the American Library Association.Library Director Mary...

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


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...

South County Notebook: March 8, 2024
03-07-2024 3:07 PM

Sunderland Women’s Club holding fundraiser SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Sunderland Women’s Club, which is celebrating its 130th birthday this year, is hosting a bingo fundraiser on Friday, March 8, at the South Deerfield Polish Club at 7 p.m.It is $5 per...

South County Notebook: March 6, 2024
03-05-2024 12:15 PM

Shutesbury hosting pollinator habitat workshop SHUTESBURY — The town is hosting a pollinator habitat planning workshop on Wednesday, March 6, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., where folks will learn about the importance of pollinators, the habitats they need, and...

High winds knock down trees, power lines across Franklin County
02-29-2024 5:43 PM


Strong winds throughout Franklin County toppled dead and dying trees on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, knocking out power and leaving some roads blocked.According to data from the National Weather Service, winds reached speeds as high as 47...

Leverett, Shutesbury, Westhampton join digital equity program to expand internet to all residents
02-25-2024 6:01 PM


All Leverett and Shutesbury residents have access to high-speed Internet connections, following the municipal build-out of broadband over the last decade or so, but a small portion of households continue to opt against becoming subscribers.In...

Athol principal selected as superintendent for Erving School Union 28
02-20-2024 3:57 PM


ERVING — Athol Community Elementary School Principal Shannon White-Cleveland is being tapped as the next Erving School Union 28 superintendent, overseeing four K-6 elementary schools attended by children in Shutesbury, Leverett, Erving, Wendell and...

Interviews for Union 28 superintendent set for Friday
02-15-2024 2:13 PM

NEW SALEM — Public interviews with the three finalists to become the next superintendent of Erving School Union 28 will take place Friday at Swift River School, with a possible selection by the Joint Supervisory Committee later that evening.The...

Digging out from deluge: Municipal clerks scramble amid flood of ballot requests, paperwork
02-12-2024 5:20 PM


A temporary worker in the Holyoke City Clerk’s Office brought on to deal with the influx of mail-in ballot requests for the presidential primaries is ensuring that 2,700 or so ballots are already in the hands of those who want to cast their votes...

Cute and calming: Shutesbury swears in Charlie, its first police comfort dog
02-06-2024 10:19 AM


SHUTESBURY — On his first day at Shutesbury Town Hall, a week before officially being sworn in as the Police Department’s first K-9 officer, Charlie provided a calming distraction for a stressed and flustered resident who had come to the town...

Historic guideboard on Shutesbury town common packed up for repairs
02-03-2024 10:22 AM


SHUTESBURY — An historic guideboard on the town common since 1837, helping travelers to navigate to Massachusetts communities both near and far, is temporarily absent from the green as a restoration project begins.Last Tuesday morning, the wooden...

New wetlands bylaw in place in Shutesbury
01-30-2024 1:28 PM


SHUTESBURY — After a series of amendments and nearly three hours of discussion and debate, a new wetlands protection bylaw is in place in Shutesbury, adopted without a sentence that some interpreted as giving developers veto power over certain...

My Turn: Preparing for Earth holiday: Imbolc
01-26-2024 8:58 AM


What is Imbolc? It is the day halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.If the winter solstice represents the death of the year, then Imbolc represents the birth of the new year.In our country we give fancy to groundhogs and their...

South County Notebook: Jan. 25, 2024
01-24-2024 9:34 AM

Open house planned for potential Senior Center SUNDERLAND — As the town continues to examine the former Sinauer Associates/Oxford University Press building as a potential South County Senior Center location, it has scheduled an open house on Saturday,...

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...

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