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‘That’s a Cool Job’ Day highlights career options for Rowe students
06-07-2024 2:45 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

ROWE — Community members gathered Wednesday in Rowe Elementary School’s gymnasium to talk with students about their careers, running the gamut from nature conservation to cartooning, as part of the annual “That’s a Cool Job” Day.Molly Cantor, a local...


Baker claims Selectboard seat in Rowe
05-20-2024 12:42 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

ROWE — William “Bill” Baker won his write-in bid for a three-year Selectboard seat in Saturday’s town election by a vote of 44 to 19 against write-in candidate Margaret “Meg” Pallotta.“I’m just happy to be able to contribute to the town,” Baker said...


Bill Knittle: Rowe Elementary is looking for people with a cool job
05-16-2024 8:44 PM

Rowe Elementary is hosting “That’s A Cool Job!” Day on Wednesday, June 5. It’s a day for anyone to share with the Rowe students what your job is, why you love it, and what makes it interesting. Learning about the wide array of jobs and careers right...


Pair of write-in candidates vying for Rowe Selectboard seat
05-16-2024 1:51 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

ROWE — Two write-in candidates are vying for an open three-year Selectboard seat, as the current chair, Chuck Sokol, is not seeking reelection.Polls will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rowe Elementary School.Meg PallottaSelectboard...


Rowe voters back park addition, two-town fire district
05-14-2024 2:48 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

ROWE — Residents voted in favor of a non-binding resolution to create a shared fire district with Charlemont, to use a portion of town land on Pond Road for park and recreational purposes, and to change the town clerk position from elected to...


Rowe voters to consider two-town fire district, expanding cemetery
05-10-2024 2:52 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

ROWE — Annual Town Meeting voters will consider creating a two-town fire district with Charlemont, expanding the town cemetery and enlarging Pelham Lake Park when they meet Monday at 7 p.m. in the Rowe Elementary School, following a Special Town...


Break-ins prompt minor building repairs in West County towns
03-01-2024 12:52 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

HEATH — A series of break-ins targeting schools in western Franklin County — and in Heath’s case, a school turned into a municipal building — have left towns coping with minor building repairs.Ashfield’s Sanderson Academy and the Heath Municipal...


West County Notebook: March 1, 2024
02-29-2024 2:37 PM

Shelburne town clerk shareselection details SHELBURNE — Town Clerk Joe Judd advises that this year’s annual town election is scheduled for May 21 at Cowell Gymnasium, 51 Maple St. Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.Nomination papers will be...


West County Notebook: Oct. 30, 2023
10-29-2023 7:19 PM

Buckland Council on Aging hosting Conversation Café SHELBURNE FALLS — The Buckland Council on Aging will host a Conversation Café on Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Senior Center in Shelburne Falls. “Spending Grant Money on Ourselves” is...


$118K to boost outdoor recreation, forestry practices in four towns
09-24-2023 2:05 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

Four Franklin County towns received a total of $117,637 as part of a $460,000 round of Woodlands Partnership Grants from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs that will be used to improve access to outdoor recreation in town and...


Rowe election features town clerk contest
05-11-2023 2:50 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

ROWE — With Paul McLatchy III leaving his position this term, town clerk is the only contested race on the ballot in their year’s election. The election will be held Saturday, May 13, at Rowe Elementary School. Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 2...


West County Notebook: May 11, 2023
05-10-2023 5:33 PM

May 11: Meet the Candidates Night SHELBURNE — In cooperation with the Senior Center, the town will hold a “Meet the Candidates Night” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, at the Senior Center, 7 Main St. Meet the candidates running for elected positions...


Rowe voters approve tennis court rehabilitation funding, $5.79M budget
05-10-2023 3:35 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

ROWE — Thirty-two voters approved all 31 articles on the warrants for a short Special Town Meeting and subsequent Annual Town Meeting on Monday, most of which concerned the fiscal year 2024 budget for government departments.The total budget for fiscal...


Rowe residents to consider $5.79M budget, tennis court rehab at Town Meeting
05-05-2023 11:19 AM

By BELLA LEVAVI

ROWE — With several articles not unanimously recommended by the Finance Committee and Selectboard, including the public schools budget and the expansion of a project to rebuild tennis courts, residents will have to decide for themselves what projects...


Five towns band together in redundant broadband network
03-27-2023 11:41 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN and LIESEL NYGARD

A new broadband network for Colrain, Charlemont, Heath, Leyden and Rowe that prevents major outages and improves the resiliency of internet access will be completed by June 30.The system creates three backhauls and a 10-gigabyte circuit connection...


Unsafe charging determined to be cause of Rowe house fire
03-03-2023 2:59 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

ROWE — Officials determined the fire at a three-story home at 39 Cross Road that occurred on Feb. 24 was caused by the unsafe charging of an electronic device. Jake Wark, public information officer with the state Department of Fire Services, explained...


Fire on Cross Road in Rowe displaces family
02-24-2023 6:30 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

ROWE — A family was displaced after their three-story home at 39 Cross Road was rendered uninhabitable by a fire on Friday afternoon.First responders were dispatched shortly after 2:30 p.m. According to Charlemont Fire Chief Dennis Annear, the fire...


3 sheep perish in Rowe barn fire
01-30-2023 12:45 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ROWE — Three sheep died in a barn fire that was called in at 2:52 a.m. on Sunday.Fire Chief Dennis Annear said no humans were harmed by the two-alarm blaze at 51 Middletown Hill Road and his crew returned to the Fire Station by 8 a.m. after...


Heavy storms test Rowe’s dams
01-15-2023 3:12 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

ROWE — Last summer’s severe drought is still having an effect on the region this winter, as evidenced by a Dec. 7 rainstorm’s impact on Rowe’s two dams.The Pelham and Mill Pond dams each feature a sluiceway with a gate that can be opened to allow...


Upgrades to municipal facilities, bridges among plans for West County in 2023
01-15-2023 1:00 PM

By VIRGINIA RAY

Editor’s note: The Greenfield Recorder has been publishing stories about what Franklin County residents can likely expect to see happening in their towns in 2023. Details about projects in the western part of the county were shared in two parts. This...

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