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New Hillcrest principal at work in Turners Falls

Monday, September 1, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The school year began Thursday for Hillcrest Elementary School’s new batch of first graders, with younger students waiting until Monday. For Sarah Burstein, it was the start of her first school year as principal and the effort was afoot to memorize the name of each student. The eight-year Gill resident left an educational arc toward law and … 0

Green Fields, McCusker’s markets have new leader

Monday, September 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — A former Wal-Mart employee will head up operations at Green Fields and McCusker’s markets, beginning Sept. 20. The owners of the two stores, … 0

Paint the Town Green

Monday, September 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — The 40-foot-wide mural that will eventually hang on the eastern exterior wall of Green Fields Market on Main Street should be mounted sometime … 0

More leeway for farmers

Monday, September 1, 2014

A lot has changed since Massachusetts began its first-in-the nation Agricultural Preservation Restriction program. More than 68,000 acres have been protected on more than 800 farms statewide, with 15,305 acres on 218 Franklin County farms protected by selling development rights to the state to keep farmland in production. … 0

Branding workshop helps find right message

Monday, September 1, 2014

“Clarity-First,” the domain name for Greenfield veteran marketing specialist Mitchell Anthony’s firm, Clarity, gets to the heart of what Anthony has learned in his 30-year career. It’s a career that began as a “hippie” designing products including Greenfield’s … 0

Holiday on the river

Monday, September 1, 2014

GILL — The unofficial end of summer passed Monday with sun and heat. Despite the impending cold, people on the bank of the Connecticut River were unaccountably cheerful Monday afternoon. Walking off the dock from noon fishing at … 0

GCC to host new CEO of Women’s Fund of Western Mass.

Monday, September 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — After advocating for issues related to women’s rights and immigrants on the national level, Elizabeth Barajas-Román has switched to promoting change and creating partnerships locally as the new CEO of the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts. … 0

A stroll down history lane

Monday, September 1, 2014

WHATELY — Did you know that the milk bottle in Whately center was once a dairy bar on Routes 5 and 10? Or that there was once a general store at the Whately Inn? On Sept. 6, the … 0

Conway puts project for new highway garage out for bidding requests

Monday, September 1, 2014

CONWAY — To obtain a realistic estimate of how much a new highway garage would cost the town ahead of a special town meeting, Conway’s Selectboard has issued a request for bids from contractors. At a special town … 0

‘Brookie’ park to get name

Monday, September 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — The new town park where “Brookie,” the 10-foot-long fish sculpture made of spoons, forks, knives and other stainless-steel cutlery sits atop a 12-foot-tall pole on Deerfield Street, may soon have a name. Mayor William Martin and … 0

UMass gets $37.5 million for environmental projects

Monday, September 1, 2014

AMHERST — Gov. Deval Patrick has signed legislation that authorizes the borrowing of $1.9 billion for environmental projects statewide, including $37.5 million at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and two university-run sites in eastern Massachusetts. UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy said, “This is a new source of … 0

Peeking inside the sun

Monday, September 1, 2014

AMHERST — Scientists are a step closer to understanding the interior of the sun and the process that creates the light and energy that it sends to Earth after physicists, including two at the University of Massachusetts, have directly detected neutrinos from the sun’s core for the first … 0

Neighbors: Falling into Franklin County Fair season

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hello neighbor. This weekend was the unofficial start to fall and we all know what that means. Yes, the days are getting shorter and soon temperatures will begin to drop — I’m not even going to mention the white stuff, yet. But fall also means the Franklin County … 0