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Weldon residents to be without an elevator

Friday, July 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — Residents of the 109-year-old Weldon House on High Street will have to take the stairs to their upper-floor apartments for the next six to eight weeks while the owner replaces the only elevator in the concrete building. Richard Henken, president of Schochet Companies, which owns the Weldon and owns or manages about 6,400 other apartments, said the company … 0

Leyden Rifle Club wants to ‘take cover’

Friday, July 25, 2014

LEYDEN — The Leyden Rifle Club is once again taking aim at a permit to put a roof over its firing line. “We’re going to … 0

Questions remain after COG pipeline meeting

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Planning Board, along with the nearly 300 people attending their meeting Thursday, got to pose a series … 0

Greenfield waits to hear from lawyer about possible fireworks short-change

Friday, July 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — The town will have to wait a few more days for a lawyer’s opinion on whether a New Hampshire company has been short-changing the town’s annual fireworks display for the last four years. Mayor William Martin said it will most likely be early next week before … 0

Ready to go the final mile

Friday, July 25, 2014

Included in the legislation passed in the final days of this Beacon Hill session is a measure giving Massachusetts Broadband Institute the mechanism to begin using a $50 million bond to help build last-mile telecommunication in unserved and underserved parts of the state. The multi-faceted IT bond bill, … 0

Reps. Mark, Kulik voice opposition to gas pipeline

Friday, July 25, 2014

Five more western Massachusetts legislators have come out publicly against the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project. Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, along with Reps. Paul Mark, D-Peru, Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, Gailanne Cariddi, D-North Adams, and William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox, issued a joint written statement Friday declaring their opposition to … 0

Whately Planning Board to hear Bayer expansion plans

Friday, July 25, 2014

WHATELY — Thermoplastic film company Bayer MaterialScience is moving forward on expansion plans for its Whately factory. On Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Whately Town Hall, the Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Bayer’s proposal for its 8 Fairview Way facility. The addition would be … 0

Franklin County nonprofits get a slice of $1.2M

Friday, July 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — Twenty-nine Franklin County nonprofits have been awarded a slice of more than $1.2 million in grants from the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. The Community Foundation awards competitive grants each year with funds targeting projects addressing community needs inclusive of arts and culture, education, the environment, … 0

State historical commission supports Deerfield policy

Friday, July 25, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Planners of potential archeological digs will now be informed of the town’s new accountability policy when they apply for a state field permit for investigations in Deerfield. Massachusetts Historic Preservation Officer Brona Simon has agreed to issue the town policy to scientists when they seek … 0

Still time to join Bernardston summer rec program

Friday, July 25, 2014

BERNARDSTON — While summer vacation may be drawing to a close, there’s still a chance for elementary school children to join the town’s summer recreation program. Children from Bernardston and Leyden going into grades K-6, as well as School Choice students attending Bernardston Elementary School, can get in … 0

Erving, Montague Notebook

Friday, July 25, 2014

No Erving Town Hall evening hours on Monday ERVING — The Town Hall will be closed on the evening of July 28. The offices will be open for business during their normal daytime hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lake Pleasant housing surveys due LAKE PLEASANT — The … 0

Kennametal chooses Greenfield

Thursday, July 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — Kennametal Inc. has decided to grow its operation in Greenfield after years of cutbacks, which means it will bring 70 new jobs to town over the next five years and plans to spend almost $5 million … 0

In recount, Northfield override passes

Thursday, July 24, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley School District budget is set after a Proposition 21/2 override passed by four votes after a recount Thursday afternoon. Those four votes mean the town’s property taxes will increase beyond the levy limit … 0