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Hilltown Voices: Goshen Board of Health to discuss piggery permit for Hilltown Grazers

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Goshen’s Board of Health on Monday will discuss the possibility of issuing a piggery permit to Hilltown Grazers owner Cosmo Ferrante. Hilltown Grazers is currently located at 86 Spruce Corner Rd. on a 1200-acre farm owned by siblings Timothy and Laura Barrus, who rent the land to Ferrante. In 2013, Ferrante was ordered to move his cows and pigs out of town due to complaints that the animals were repeatedly escaping their confines, damaging the property of nearby homeowners and creating accident hazards by roaming up and down Route 9. Ferrante temporarily relocated to property in Ashfield also owned by the Barrus family, but said that situation was not ideal. “To keep animals on the …

Police chiefs retire from Chesterfield and Cummington

Friday, July 24, 2015

CHESTERFIELD — The towns of Chesterfield and Cummington will have interim police chiefs until officials can fill the positions left open by the mandatory retirements of longtime police chiefs Gary Wickland in Chesterfield and Dennis Forgea in Cummington. Both towns had secured special legislation allowing each chief to serve past the state’s mandatory retirement age of 65 for police chiefs. As well as …

Hilltown Voices: Summer music series in Williamsburg on Thursday evenings; Bryant celebration Saturday

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Now in its sixth season, the Angel Park Summer Music Series brings a variety of musical entertainment to the center of Williamsburg every Thursday evening. The concerts are free and take place in the Angel Park Quiet Reflections Garden off Main Street behind the Williamsburg Grange. Tom Adams, director and owner of Reelife Productions, is the coordinator of the series. “This year has …

Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton awards nursing scholarships

Monday, July 13, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Each year, nursing scholarships are made possible through the generosity of donors who wish to encourage excellence in health care and continuing education. The Cooley Dickinson Development Team announced the recipients of the 2015 Nursing Scholarship Awards last month at an awards luncheon. The funds are …

Hilltown Voices: WiredWest considers possible need to form new co-operative; honor for Williamsburg school; Goshen fire truck refurbished

Saturday, July 11, 2015

During an informal meeting in Cummington this week, Wiredwest Communications Cooperative delegates and officials from more than 20 towns discussed the possible need to dissolve the current organization and form a new one. WiredWest is a cooperative of small towns in western Massachusetts dedicated to bringing affordable, reliable, …

Cummington votes to begin process of withdrawing from Central Berkshire Regional School District

Thursday, June 25, 2015

CUMMINGTON — Residents voted 59-9 during a special Town Meeting on Thursday night to begin the process of withdrawing from the Central Berkshire Regional School District. “I am very pleased and impressed at the turnout,” said Christy Knox, a member of the town’s Ad Hoc Education Committee. “I …

Cummington special Town Meeting to consider withdrawing from Central Berkshire Regional School District

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

CUMMINGTON — Voters will be asked at a special Town Meeting on Thursday whether to begin the process of withdrawing the town from the Central Berkshire Regional School District. “I really hope that we have a very large percentage of the town come out to vote, because this …

Hilltown Voices: Town Hall repairs in Goshen, quilts in Cummington, WiredWest in Chesterfield, swimming in Worthington

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Town of Goshen has received a $75,000 grant from the Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund through the secretary of state’s office for emergency repairs to Town Hall. The money will be used to help pay for replacing the town hall’s leaking slate roof, fixing its stone parapets, and …

Veterans Voice: News for area veterans

Friday, June 12, 2015

Announcements FLAG DAY CEREMONY: Will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Northampton Lodge of Elks # 997, 17 Spring St., Florence. The ceremony concludes with hot dogs and chips. REUNION: USS Long Beach CGN-9 Association will hold its 2015 reunion from Sept. 14 to 20 at …

Kyle Crosier, 19, of Berkshire County dies in Cummington motorcycle accident

Monday, June 8, 2015

CUMMINGTON — A 19-year-old Berkshire County man died after his motorcycle hit a guardrail on Route 9 in Cummington about 3 p.m. Sunday, according to a statement issued Monday by the Northwestern district attorney’s office. Kyle J. Crosier, of Florida, was pronounced dead at the scene of the …

Coming up

Friday, June 14, 2013

Amherst Senior Center/ Council On Aging Bangs Center, 70 Boltwood Walk Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone: 259-3060 www.amherstma.gov/seniorcenter Belchertown Senior Center 60 State St. Hours: Mon., 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Tues.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Phone: 323-0420 www.belchertown.org Chesterfield Senior Center 400 Main …

Hilltown Voices: Emily Dickinson scholar to read from new book at Meekins Library in Williamsburg

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Susan Snively, poet, essayist, screenwriter and scholar of the life and works of Emily Dickinson, will reading from her new novel entitled “The Heart Has Many Doors” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg. The reading is part of the library’s series “Lives of the …

Hilltown Voices: Williamsburg Fire Department gets new protective gear

Saturday, May 23, 2015

With the help of a $10,500 grant from the Massachusetts Call/Volunteer Firefighters’ Association, six more Williamsburg volunteer firefighters are now better protected with up-to-date turnout gear. The personal protective equipment consists of a turnout coat, pants, helmet, boots, …