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Other towns, cities doing well with plastic bans

Friday, May 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — Several cities and towns throughout the state have banned either plastic bags or bottles. Some are considering banning more plastic items in the future. But it appears Greenfield may be the first to try to ban plastic bags, single-serve plastic water bottles and plastic foam containers at one fell swoop, not to mention curtailing paper bag use as … 0

Heath, Hawlemont get $355K in renewable energy grants

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Hawlemont Regional and Heath Elementary schools will receive a combined $355,375 in state grant money to replace their old oil heating systems to highly … 0

Sen. Benjamin Downing pushing energy bills

Friday, May 1, 2015

A state Senate bill to push utilities to adopt policies that incorporate energy storage systems to make more efficient use of solar, wind and other … 0

Northfield gets new banquet hall

Friday, May 1, 2015

NORTHFIELD — A local restaurateur is wasting no time getting her new business going. Rooster’s Bistro owner Corrine Burnham’s new spot won’t focus on food, but festivities. Grace Receptions banquet facility, in the former Green Trees Gallery at … 0

Ashfield Fall Fest’s Sandra Lilly wins community service award

Friday, May 1, 2015

CHARLEMONT — The Ashfield Fall Festival is not only “one of the most treasured events of West County,” as Amy Shapiro says, it also raises lots of college scholarship money for West County high school seniors. As fall … 0

Room to grow: Prepping community garden for seedlings

Friday, May 1, 2015

Editor’s Note: This is the second installment in an occasional series on one family’s adventure in their first year in a community garden at Just Roots farm in Greenfield. On a Thursday after work, I head up to … 0

Referendum organizer says group won’t change wording

Friday, May 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s lawyer recently suggested that town councilors reject the wording of a proposed ban on plastic and paper bags and plastic water bottles. The lawyer said the proposed citizen’s referendum has wording that is “contradictory … 0

Greenfield police: drug raid target admitted to selling heroin

Friday, May 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — A local man has been charged with drug dealing and child endangerment after police say they found heroin and dirty needles in the apartment he shares with his girlfriend and a small child. Everett Kendrick, 39, … 0

Greenfield schools get grant for fitness curriculum

Friday, May 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — Fourth- and fifth-graders will soon be riding bicycles as part of a newly grant-funded physical education curriculum. The Greenfield schools, in collaboration with the Recreation Department, received a $20,000 grant from CYCLE Kids, a nonprofit that works with schools and communities to promote healthy lifestyles by … 0

Whole lot of shake-up going on

Friday, May 1, 2015

ORANGE — Walter Herk joining the Board of Selectman this March is bringing some change and new ideas to Town Hall. Roles have been rotated, with David Ames becoming chairman, Kathy Reinig becoming vice chairwoman and Herk filling … 0

Rosenberg calls on Department of Public Utilities to investigate refunding consumers affected by unfair rate recalculations

Friday, May 1, 2015

BOSTON — Senate President Stan Rosenberg of Amherst has asked the Department of Public Utilities to consider requiring electricity suppliers to issue refunds to customers who were charged excessive “rate recalculation” fees after switching electric companies this winter. In a letter addressed to DPU Commissioner Angela O’Connor, Rosenberg … 0

Meehan named next president of UMass system

Friday, May 1, 2015

BOSTON — Marty Meehan, the former congressman and current chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, was named president of the five-campus UMass system on Friday after selling his vision of turning the system into one of the nation’s … 0

Shutesbury Dems gather May 9

Friday, May 1, 2015

SHUTESBURY — The Shutesbury Town Democratic Committee will hold a caucus and business meeting on May 9 at 10 a.m. in the Town Hall. Delegates will be elected to attend the 2015 Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention. The convention will be held in Springfield on Sept. 19. The business … 0