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Bright overhead lights illuminate the large operating room, known as "the dance hall," in Baystate Franklin Medical Center's new surgical wing. 
Recorder/Tom Relihan

Baystate Franklin Medical Center previews new surgical wing

Monday, February 8, 2016

GREENFIELD — A flick of a switch, and the members of the Baystate Franklin Medical Center Auxiliary let out a shout of surprise and squinted against the glare as they were bathed in clean fluorescent light, as bright as any summer day. “We call this the ‘dance hall,’” quipped Director of Surgical Services Beverly Pomeroy, sweeping her arm in an … 0

Markey: Canadian natural gas export OK confirms plans for area pipeline

Monday, February 8, 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy’s approval of U.S. natural gas export overseas from two proposed Canadian export terminals last week confirms Congressman Edward Markey’s “long-standing … 0

Conway voters unanimously pass bylaw aimed at hindering pipeline

Monday, February 8, 2016

CONWAY — Residents made their voices heard on the Kinder Morgan pipeline by voting unanimously to adopt a town bylaw to regulate noise, earth removal, … 0

Montague to negotiate with broadband company to nearly eliminate unserved homes

Monday, February 8, 2016

MONTAGUE — Broadband might finally make its way to the last unserved homes in Montague. Town officials voted on Monday night to enter into contract negotiations with broadband service provider Matrix Design Group to reach almost 98.5 percent … 0

Mohawk budget up 3.5 percent; towns’ shares rise 6.6 percent

Monday, February 8, 2016

BUCKLAND — Mohawk’s below-level-services budget is going up 3.5 percent, but member towns will see an overall 6.6 percent increase in next year’s $19 million budget proposal. The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee will hold its public … 0

Whately to test filters to remove chemical from drinking water

Monday, February 8, 2016

WHATELY — The town’s water commissioners have decided to test filters from two companies to determine how well they can remove manganese from the town’s water supply. The levels are considered higher than acceptable under new government standards and Whately proposed installing a new filtration system. Manganese is … 0

Nuclear Regulatory Commission approves Vermont Yankee decommissioning plans

Monday, February 8, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission, despite objections of state officials, is giving positive reviews to the decommissioning plans developed by the owner of the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. “We do not have any concerns … 0

Leyden seeks input on hazard mitigation plan

Monday, February 8, 2016

LEYDEN — Leyden officials are asking residents to comment on the town’s Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. The state-required municipal plan lists procedures certain town officials must follow in the event of a weather-related emergency. It was drafted by the town Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee and the Franklin Regional Council … 0

Whately man charged with drunken driving

Monday, February 8, 2016

WHATELY — A local man faces drunken driving charges following a traffic stop. David Streeter, 45, of Christian Lane was arrested around 2:30 p.m. Saturday and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, marked lanes violations, having an open alcoholic beverage in a vehicle and speeding, after … 0

Brush-burning season, but only until May 1

Monday, February 8, 2016

Area fire chiefs are reminding residents that the only time they can burn brush is from Jan. 15 to May 1. Shelburne Fire Chief John Taylor, speaking on behalf of the county chiefs organization, said, “This is the only time in the year that homeowners are allowed to … 0

Neighbors: 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest seeks entries

Monday, February 8, 2016

Hello neighbor. Well folks, it’s that time again. The 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest has begun, and Friends of the Greenfield Public Library are looking for poems from you. The event is open to all Franklin County … 0

Montague Notebook

Monday, February 8, 2016

Montague seeks town meeting member candidates MONTAGUE — There are several seats open to become a Montague town meeting member for the May 16 annual election. Precinct 1 has three open seats, Precinct 2 has two open seats, Precinct 3 has three open seats, Precinct 4 has four … 0

Gill voter sign-up deadline for primary is Wednesday

Monday, February 8, 2016

GILL — The deadline to register to vote in the March 1 presidential primary is Wednesday. Town Clerk Lynda Hodsdon Mayo has special registration hours from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. at the Gill Town Hall, 325 Main Road. Absentee ballots are also available … 0