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Challenges, shortfalls ahead for state budget

Friday, October 24, 2014

With the state poised to see what’s largely an unprecedented moment of change following the Nov. 4 election, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer paints a picture of serious challenges ahead, not only on Beacon Hill but for the state as a whole. In what was likely his final talk in about 20 years of addresses to a Franklin County … 0

Widmer advises ‘no’ on vote Question 1

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, an 82-year-old, nonpartisan public-policy organization that doesn’t endorse candidates, has taken a position on only one of the four questions on … 0

Credit union embezzler jailed, ordered to repay nearly $100,000

Friday, October 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — A former bank teller’s family cried out in disbelief as she was led away in handcuffs to spend the next year in jail. … 0

Man who threatened Frontier sent to Bridgewater for evaluation

Friday, October 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — The 19-year-old Sunderland man who was arrested Thursday for threatening to “bring Columbine to Frontier” Regional School was committed to Bridgewater State Hospital for a mental health evaluation following an appearance in Greenfield District Court Friday … 0

Conway kids face winter ready for fun

Friday, October 24, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — After a good winter ice storm, 12-year-old Caleb Patnode and his 10-year-old sister, Elayna, like to go outside and take advantage of the frozen woods and piles of snow outside their Conway home. If there’s … 0

Boston Post cane awarded to Montague’s oldest resident: Gertrude Woodard, 95

Friday, October 24, 2014

MONTAGUE — Gertrude Woodard said she doesn’t believe she is Montague’s oldest resident, but according to resident John Reynolds’s research she is. As such, Woodard is the first recipient in some time of Montague’s Boston Post Cane Award. … 0

How can school nurses help prevent substance abuse?

Friday, October 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — The key to combating the opioid addiction crisis is preventing substance abuse whether it is alcohol, cigarettes or painkillers, the region’s school nurses were told Friday. “Young people are making choices in a context,” said Marisa Hebble of the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and … 0

Big Y plans big beer and wine expansion

Friday, October 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — Big Y on the Mohawk Trail will add a Table and Vine store to its supermarket in early November — a space that will be 10 times larger than the space in which beer and wine are currently displayed. According to Mark Snow, the town’s building … 0

Greenfield Community Farm to hold fall festival Sunday

Friday, October 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — Expect goats, pumpkin painting and apple bobbing, juggling, heritage turkeys and more at the second annual Fall Farm Festival, Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m., at the Greenfield Community Farm. “The magic of it is the … 0

County’s 2nd Tractor Supply opens in Orange

Friday, October 24, 2014

ORANGE — The grand opening of the county’s second Tractor Supply Co. store will take place today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 83 New Athol Road. The store opened last Saturday, but will celebrate this weekend with a petting zoo, draft horses, a tractor show and … 0

New downtown bakery, Frosted, opens in Greenfield

Thursday, October 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — Frosted Bake Shop has opened in the space next door to Wilson’s Department Store and after just a couple of days has welcomed a lot of new customers, according to its new owner. Shelly Phillips said … 0

Frontier faces threat to ‘re-enact Columbine’

Thursday, October 23, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A threat to “re-enact Columbine” at Frontier Regional School led to the arrest of a 19-year-old man from Sunderland and placed the school under a “shelter in place” order Thursday morning. Nicholas R. Schauer, 19, … 0

Thieves flee Elmer’s

Thursday, October 23, 2014

ASHFIELD — An Elmer’s Store employee came to work at 6 a.m. Thursday, opened the rear door and turned on a light — just in time to see two men inside the restaurant run out and head in … 0