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Gill-Montague approaches preliminary budget, envisions cuts

TURNERS FALLS — The early prognosis for the Gill-Montague Regional School District budget calls for cuts. The district’s business director presented early numbers for the 2015-2016 school year budget at the Jan. 13 meeting of the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee. “The elephant in the room is that we’ve … 0

Supper for Six fundraiser set for Feb. 10

GREENFIELD — With February school vacation approaching, it means a relaxing week off for students, but it also is a time when many families struggle to feed their children without the school meals. The Women’s Way of the United Way of Franklin County hopes to make it a … 0

UMass researchers find value in ‘whole plant’ treatment of malaria

AMHERST — Purified drugs created in labs, long thought to be the gold standard in fighting disease, may actually be inferior to the herbal remedies they replaced as far back as the 19th century. University of Massachusetts Amherst … 0

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  • Spray from Wiley and Russell Dam on the Green River near Meridian Street coats trees on the left in this winter scene in Greenfield. 
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  • Dan Covell of Deerfield walks his standard poodles Jim and Frank in a Deerfield Academy field on Monday around sunset. Recorder/Micky Bedell

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  • Tim Shippee of the Greenfield Community Collge Grounds Crew clears ice, snow and water off of the sidewalks around the school on Monday morning. Recorder/Paul Franz

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I thought Park Villa and Redbrook were "owned" by the Montague Housing Authority---and managed by Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority....(full comment)

Economic development director on paid administrative leave

This letter from Berkshire Gas doesn't seem credible. And in the Boston Globe this morning, there is further substantiation of the leak...(full comment)

Berkshire Gas: Necessary information