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Vicki Citron in her Shelburne home. Citron, who teaches violin, wants to bring the El Sistema program to Frankiln County. Recorder/Paul Franz

Sounds like community: $45K state grant enables music program for underprivileged kids

Thursday, September 3, 2015

A new, free program to introduce music-making to Greenfield students has gotten a boost with a three-year, $45,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Shelburne violin teacher Vicki Citron plans to launch Musica Franklin, based loosely on the 40-year-old El Sistema model of teaching music to underprivileged children, to up to 25 middle-school-age students the week of Sept. 21 at … 0

Locals react to “Deflategate” ruling

Thursday, September 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — After New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension was overturned by a federal judge Thursday morning, football fans in Greenfield were elated … 0

Financial push gases up final planning for proposed Greenfield biodiesel plant

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Long in the planning to ensure it’s locally owned, the Northeast Biodiesel plant nearly ready at the Greenfield Industrial Park is getting a final boost … 0

Advertising existentialism

Thursday, September 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — An assistant art professor at Keene State College says he’s hoping motorists will begin paying more attention to the “here and now” as they drive along highways throughout New England and New York, including French King … 0

Neighbors: Be aware of childhood cancer and do something, if you can

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, and it became reality for our neighbors Jeffrey and Bobbi Hampton of Greenfield, who lost their beautiful daughter Ally to childhood cancer in 2014. Alexandria “Ally” Katlyn Hampton was 20 when … 0

Mayor seeks volunteers to serve on town boards

Thursday, September 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — The mayor is looking for volunteers who would be willing to serve on at least one town board. “As a city, we are so fortunate to have a community of folks who are willing to come forward and served on various boards and commissions each year,” … 0

Medical pot dispensary proposed for Hadley

Thursday, September 3, 2015

HADLEY — A medical marijuana dispensary may be coming to Hadley. The town’s Select Board voted 4-1 Wednesday to accept a letter of intent from Thomas Gallagher, director and president of Hampden Care Facility Inc. in Chicopee, to open a registered marijuana dispensary in Hadley. Gallagher’s letter, dated … 0

Bids sought for Mill River stabilization

Thursday, September 3, 2015

WHATELY — Whately is looking for contractors to perform the work needed to stabilize the banks of the Mill River before they collapse and contaminate two nearby wells that supply water to nearly half of the town’s residents. … 0

Good beer for a good cause

Thursday, September 3, 2015

NEW SALEM — The Hilltown Brewfest is returning for an eighth year with good beer for a good cause. The annual event, which benefits local fire departments, will take place Sept. 12 from noon to 5 p.m. at Cooleyville Junction, 837 Daniel Shays Highway. The festival was attended … 0

Three County Fair fires up this weekend

Thursday, September 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Visitors at the Three County Fair this weekend can expect to enjoy old favorites such as the demolition derby and the exhibit hall with 15-foot sunflowers and giant pumpkins, as well as some additions — including … 0

Pizza shop makes way for Mexican food

Thursday, September 3, 2015

ORANGE — Amid the town’s sub shops, pizza places and Chinese restaurants, Dennis Bratcher and his girlfriend Elizabeth Rivera decided to do something different. The location that used to be the old Orange House of Pizza and more recently Carlucci’s Pizza, is now the couple’s dream, Midnight Mexican. … 0

3 charged in Turners restaurant robbery

Thursday, September 3, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Three Franklin County residents have been charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault and battery following an incident last month at Cece’s Chinese Restaurant. Police allege that Turners Falls resident Abby Mason, 31, of 77 Second Street, Turners Falls; her 30-year-old brother Justin Mason, of … 0

Hawlemont Ag program gears up for growth

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

HAWLEMONT — The chickens started school Tuesday night, in time to greet the 105 schoolchildren Wednesday for year 2 of the Hawlemont Regional School’s new agricultural curriculum. The cows, goats and sheep will come next week — after … 0