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COURTESY HANNAH LABRIE
Bob Labrie stands on the ice of Hammond Pond after setting up the 2015 "Goshen Meltdown" flag. The 69-pound block is attached to an electric clock in a nearby shed. When the ice breaks and the flag sinks, it pulls the plug on the clock, recording the precise time.

Hilltown Voices: ‘Goshen Meltdown’ begins, Highland Ambulance to get half of the proceeds

Saturday, February 21, 2015

With temperatures in the single digits, and 3 feet of snow on the ground, it may be hard to imagine that spring is around the corner. One event that signals warmer weather ahead, however, is the annual “Goshen Meltdown.” This year is the 11th annual contest in which people buy tickets to guess when the ice on Hammond Pond will …

Bryant Free Library in Cummington means just that with no-charge computer classes taught by Ken Graf

Monday, February 16, 2015

CUMMINGTON — At 82, Ken Graf has a lot of reasons to believe in the right click. If you’ve used a computer as long as he has, you’ll know why. If such talk leaves you cold, you might be a candidate for his next free course. Graf is not only a Hilltown elder, …

Delaney Cantwell, 7, of Chesterfield, youngest ever to win Williamsburg Rod and Gun Club ice-fishing derby

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Every year the Williamsburg Rod and Gun Club sponsors an ice-fishing derby in February. A surprising first in the 22nd event Feb. 8 left many seasoned fishermen dumbfounded. Delaney Cantwell, 7, of Chesterfield, who landed the winning 3-pound bass, was the youngest competitor ever to take home the derby’s grand prize, in this …

Anti-Tennessee Gas Pipeline groups seek to intervene in opposing Nova Scotia export terminal

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Several groups opposing the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Northeast Energy Direct project have also filed to become intervenors fighting an export terminal for natural gas they say Tennessee Gas would feed. The Cummington-based Massachusetts Pipeline Action Network on Monday called on the U.S. Department of Energy to extend the …

Cummington parents seek alternative to busing elementary school children to Dalton

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

CUMMINGTON — Parents in Cummington are scrambling to find alternatives to busing their elementary school children to Dalton after the Central Berkshire Regional School Committee voted in December to close the Berkshire Trail Elementary School at the end of this school year. An Ad Hoc Education Committee is …

Pipeline presentation in Cummington draws strong turnout

Sunday, January 11, 2015

CUMMINGTON — Strong turnout on Saturday afternoon for a presentation on a planned natural gas pipeline in the region prompted organizers to offer a second showing. Hosted by members of No Fracked Gas in Mass, the event featured a short documentary film created by Plainfield resident Steve Wicks, …

Haydenville Congregational Church sponsors anti-racism workshop, followed by Martin Luther King service

Saturday, January 10, 2015

A longtime supporter of human rights and inclusivity, the Haydenville Congregational Church is offering a workshop entitled “Dismantling Racism: The Role of Allies as Agents of Change.” The workshop has been offered for more than 10 years. The Rev. Andrea Ayvazian said it is “absolutely timely” this year …

Hilltown Voices: Councils on Aging Consortium to hire outreach coordinator

Friday, January 2, 2015

The Northern Hilltown Councils on Aging Consortium will soon be hiring a full-time outreach coordinator to help expand the organization’s capacity to provide services to the 2,122 elders who live in seven communities. The three-year position will be paid for by a $60,000 service incentive grant from the …

Messiah Sing in Cummington on Sunday continues 50 years of tradition

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

CUMMINGTON — Marking 50 years of tradition, the Village Church in Cummington will host its annual Messiah Sing on at 4 p.m. Sunday. The Messiah Sing in Cummington began in 1964 when church and community members gathered to lift their voices in celebration of Christmas and George Frideric …

Cummington students will be bused to Dalton after district votes to close Berkshire Trail Elementary School

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

CUMMINGTON — A decision earlier this month to close the Berkshire Trail Elementary School leaves some students facing a one-way bus trip of 55 minutes next year, and town officials considering other options for educating Cummington children. The …

If you don’t like valley weather, drive a few miles to Hilltowns

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

PLAINFIELD — The adage “If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes,” has a variation for the Hilltowns which goes something like “If you don’t like the weather here, just drive …

Future of Hilltown farms topic for Monday meeting

Friday, November 14, 2014

Farmers, residents, and businesses in the Ashfield, Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Plainfield, Westhampton, Williamsburg and Worthington are encouraged to attend an informational meeting on the future of farming in the Hilltowns. The “community kick-off” event will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Cummington Community House. The Hilltown Community …

Hilltown Voices: Local artists and farm featured at Stage Road Fall Walkabout in Cummington

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Local artists and business owners in Cummington encourage people to stop by their shops Nov. 15 during the annual Stage Road Fall Walkabout. The event features a series of four open houses offered by artists and a working farm all within walking distance of one another on Stage …