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Willing to talk turkey

Sunday, November 23, 2014

WENDELL — It takes a lot of work to make Thanksgiving dinner, especially when you plan to feed a few thousand people. By Thursday, the Diemands will have pre-cooked about 30 turkeys and sold close to 3,000 more to markets, restaurants and directly to customers at the Diemand Farm Store. They’ve been taking orders since October, though they always try … 0

Compressor stations reason for concern?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

DEERFIELD — When Tom and Ben Clark of Clarkdale Fruit Farm and learned a month or so ago that Kinder Morgan was changing its preferred … 1

Turners Falls baby couldn’t wait

Sunday, November 23, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Brett and Michelle Simon carefully planned everything about their fourth child’s birth. However, their youngest daughter had plans of her own, and … 0

Tackling mass incarceration from behind bars

Sunday, November 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — Presenting on the topic of restorative justice in October, Mel Motel of Brattleboro had a relatively engaged audience, some with questions about mechanics, some with a skeptical bent and all with the relatively uncommon perspective of people who aren’t going home after the presentation. Not all … 0

Alleged stabber chased down by Greenfield police

Sunday, November 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — An early morning stabbing Saturday on Main Street has led to the arrest of one Greenfield man and the hospitalization of another. Brandon Sax, 31, of Greenfield was arrested Saturday morning and charged with assault and … 0

Montague selectmen: Open Meeting Law complaint doesn’t apply

Sunday, November 23, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Montague Board of Selectmen will apply for special legislation to ratify the decisions made at an improperly posted special town meeting last month. Town meeting members overwhelmingly approved the course of action at the meeting, over the objections of Millers Falls member Jeanne Golrick, … 0

Calling all bakers

Sunday, November 23, 2014

DEERFIELD — Whether it’s pineapple upside-down cake, pecan pie, or rich, chocolate brownies, everyone has a favorite dessert recipe and Historic Deerfield wants a taste of yours. On Dec. 6, the museum will hold its Heritage Baking Day baking contest. The event, held in conjunction with King Arthur’s … 0

New courses will combine clean energy with agriculture

Sunday, November 23, 2014

AMHERST — Agricultural students at the University of Massachusetts, Hampshire College and Holyoke Community College will benefit from an $810,000 National Science Foundation grant that will be used to create collaborative programs combining clean energy studies with sustainable agriculture. “The main purpose of the grant is to marry … 0

Knights of Columbus donate coats to Sunderland students

Sunday, November 23, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Some students at Sunderland Elementary School will receive new free winter coats this year thanks to a local chapter of the Knights of Columbus. Knights of Columbus Council 15197, which operates out of Holy Family Church … 0

Moonlight Magic lights up holiday season

Sunday, November 23, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Forget about shopping malls and long lines on “Black Friday.” Moonlight Magic in Shelburne Falls is one way to experience both old traditions and new ones while finding gifts in the village shops and galleries. … 0

Northfield wonders how to draw bicyclists, tourists to town once Schell Bridge is replaced

Friday, November 21, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The state hasn’t even drawn up plans to replace the Schell Bridge yet, and locals already want to stop people going over it. The Friends of Schell Bridge and Northfield Area Tourism and Business Association don’t … 0

Sticky situation: Wet wipes gumming up Deerfield’s wastewater plant

Friday, November 21, 2014

DEERFIELD — Thinking about sending that flushable wet wipe down the toilet? The director of Deerfield’s Highway Department hopes you’ll think twice, because those and similar items have been jamming up equipment in the wastewater treatment plant and slowing operations. Highway Superintendent Kevin Scarborough went before the Board … 1

‘Share the bounty’ this holiday season

Friday, November 21, 2014

GREENFIELD —The Franklin County Community Meals Program is collaborating with local restaurants through the end of December in their “Share the Bounty with the County” fundraising campaign. Local diners are invited to make donations to the Meals Program in specially marked envelopes at participating restaurants. While visiting participating … 0