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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 …

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 …