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Hilltown Voices: Cummington preschool doing well despite closing of the elementary school

Saturday, September 26, 2015

After the controversial closing of the Berkshire Trail Elementary School in Cummington this summer, the town’s preschoolers are now the only students that occupy the school building that was once bustling with students from pre-kindergarten to 5th grade. “When they closed the school, we proposed a half-day preschool program to the district Superintendant Robert Putnam, and the school committee and it was approved,” preschool teacher Amy Grallert said. Grallert said the arrangement is a collaboration between the town and the school district, in which the town is allowing the preschool to use the building and the district is providing a half-time preschool teacher and one half-time paraprofessional. “A school is the hub of a community, …


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 Road Hours: Mon., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tues. and Thurs., 10 a.m. to 1 …

Conservation Law Foundation seeks reversal of DPU decision on natural gas contracts

Friday, September 18, 2015

BOSTON — The Conservation Law Foundation has taken legal action against the state Department of Public Utilities, seeking to reverse its decision approving long-term contracts between the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. and three gas companies. The three appeals, filed Wednesday with the DPU and the state Supreme Judicial Court, ask the court to reverse the DPU’s Aug. 31 order approving the deals because …

Wild and Scenic Westfield River Committee works to protect tributaries

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Environmental educators have long believed that people with a deep understanding of, and meaningful ties to, the area in which they live are more invested than others in protecting that environment. Proof that this “sense of place” concept …

Hilltown Voices: Hilltown CDC receives $1 million Community Development Block Grant

Saturday, September 5, 2015

The Hilltown Community Development Corp. based in Chesterfield, received a Community Development Block Grant last month totaling $1,097,235. “The Department of Health and Community Development awards these grants annually through a competition,” said Dave Christopolis, executive director of the Hilltown CDC. The agency applied for the grant on …

Cummington Fair draws large turnout Friday, fun continues through Sunday

Saturday, August 29, 2015

CUMMINGTON — The Cummington Fair is living up to its billing as the “biggest and bets little fair in the country,” based on the sizeable crowds that have flocked to the Hilltowns to take part in the first …

Cummington Fair issues apology, re-invites CRD Metalworks to fair

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

CUMMINGTON — In a turnabout, officials with the Cummington Fair want a controversial Williamsburg business to participate in the Hilltowns’ largest annual fair. Hillside Agricultural Society President George Dole and Vice President Bill Perlman met Monday with CRD …

Seth Isman looking at months of recovery after Cummington accident, wife says

Monday, August 24, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Erika Hollister of Hadley said her husband’s breathing tube prevented him from speaking when he woke up in the Intensive Care Unit at Baystate Medical Center after his Aug. 5 car accident on Route 9. He …

Stephen Young of Cummington charged in Route 9 crash; Seth Isman of Hadley recovering from injuries

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

CUMMINGTON — Two weeks after a head-on collision on Route 9, one driver is still hospitalized and recovering from serious injuries and the other is facing criminal charges. State Police said Tuesday that while the cause of the Aug. 5 crash is still under investigation, charges have been …

Cummington Fair executive committee pulls invitation to CRD Metalworks owner

Saturday, August 15, 2015

CUMMINGTON — The Williamsburg manufacturing business criticized earlier this summer for displaying a metal Confederate battle flag at its Hyde Hill Road shop and flying another flag outside the owner’s neighboring home has been asked not to participate …

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg arranges Sept. 10 hearing in Greenfield for more gas pipeline testimony

Thursday, August 13, 2015

State Senate President Stanley Rosenberg has arranged for another hearing on the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project for Sept. 10 at Greenfield Community College. Rosenberg earlier arranged for the state Department of Public Utilities to conduct a public hearing in Greenfield during June on the pipeline project and …

Hilltown Voices: Berkshire Bank closes branch in Haydenville, Dunkin’ Donuts expected to move into Main Street space

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Berkshire Bank closed its branch at 142 Main St. in Haydenville on July 31, but the location apparently will not remain vacant for long because Dunkin’ Donuts plans to move there, according to Town Clerk Brenda Lessard. Elizabeth Mach, vice president of marketing at Berkshire Bank, said the …

No charges filed in Cummington head-on collision that sent Hadley man to Worcester hospital by helicopter

Thursday, August 6, 2015

CUMMINGTON — State Police investigating a head-on collision on Route 9 in Cummington Wednesday that sent two people to hospitals are still determining the cause of the crash. No charges have been filed, Trooper Matthew Guarino said Thursday. Guarino said he had no update on the condition of …