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Baker talks energy, budget during Yankee Candle visit

Thursday, May 28, 2015

WHATELY — Yankee Candle is Franklin County’s largest employer and during a short visit Thursday afternoon, Gov. Charlie Baker called it a success story to be replicated across the state. During a short tour of the Pioneer Valley Thursday afternoon, Baker stopped by the company’s production facility in Whately, where he toured the factory floor, spoke with employees and held … 0

Arts Block, Pushkin have new owner; local periodontist outbids local developer for downtown buildings

Thursday, May 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — The local developer who wanted to buy two landmark buildings in the heart of downtown has been outbid by a Greenfield periodontist. Steven … 0

Greenfield offers Northfield resident assistant supt. job

Thursday, May 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee Thursday night voted to offer the newly created job of assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and professional development to … 0

Greenfield to replace streetlights with energy-efficient LEDs

Thursday, May 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town expects to replace all of its cobrahead streetlights with energy-efficient ones by the end of summer. Greenfield received $65,000 from the state Department of Energy Resources last year for the project. Mayor William Martin … 0

Second Helpings celebrates 15 years of feeding people

Thursday, May 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — When Maggie Sweeney started Second Helpings community meal with Deerfield Academy at St. James Church 15 years ago, she never dreamed it would grow like it has over time. But, Sweeney said its growth is both … 0

A farmers market sprouts in Heath

Thursday, May 28, 2015

HEATH — Heath may be a great place to live — but if you need groceries, you have to leave town. That’s why Jessica Van Steensburg is hoping to start a Saturday Farmer’s Market in the town’s Community Hall. Van Steensburg says the town may not have a … 0

New Salem crash takes down pole, knocks out power

Thursday, May 28, 2015

NEW SALEM — A pickup hit a utility pole on Route 202 Thursday afternoon, leaving the area temporarily without power. State trooper Corey Benoit said the Chevy Silverado struck the pole while traveling northbound, knocking down overhead power … 0

Gill board bans tobacco sales to teens

Thursday, May 28, 2015

GILL — Effective Sept. 1, the age to buy cigarettes in town will jump three years to 21, part of a statewide push to move tobacco beyond the threat range for nicotine addiction. This week, Gill’s Board of Health joined its neighbor across the river and a number … 0

Neighbors: Senior event promises opportunity

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Franklin County Sheriff’s TRIAD program, along with the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office and Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility in Greenfield, will sponsor the Senior Services Health and Safety Expo on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Schuetzen Verein on Barton Cove in Gill. … 0

West County Notebook

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Mohawk stages ‘The Breakfast Club’ BUCKLAND — Today and Saturday, Mohawk students present an adaptation of The Breakfast Club at 7 p.m. Mohawk senior Laura Purington directs this stage adaptation of the classic film about high school relationships. Admission is by donation. Riverfest art workshop Saturday SHELBURNE FALLS … 0

South County Notebook

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Tilton Library plant sale returns DEERFIELD — After a year hiatus, the Tilton Library on North Main Street will once again hold its plant sale this year. The sale will be held on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. in the back of the library. Plant donations … 0

B(u)y the book: World Eye Bookshop sees steady flow of customers after plea

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — The owner of the downtown landmark, World Eye Bookshop on Main Street, says if the rest of the week goes like Wednesday, the bookstore will stay open for sure. “Business has been great and steady,” said … 0

Kulik: ‘My constituents deserve answers’ on Berkshire Gas, pipeline plans

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

BOSTON — Rep. Stephen Kulik argued before Boston regulators this week that Berkshire Gas Co. should consider alternatives to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., including replacement of older, inefficient gas furnaces, repair of Berkshire Gas’s leaks and supporting efforts … 0