UMass suspends informant program

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

AMHERST — A confidential informant program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that came under fire this week following the report of a student informant’s death from a drug overdose has been suspended indefinitely pending its full review, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy announced in an email to faculty and students Tuesday night. “The review will consider whether the program should be … 0

National road salt pinch felt in local prices

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

New England, as elsewhere, is feeling the pinch from the past winter’s snowstorms in parts of the country usually untouched by the cold stuff. High … 0

Montague sewer rates likely to stay level

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Sewer rates won’t go up this year, a decision the Montague Board of Selectmen made largely in support of the last remaining … 0

Downtown buildings up in air

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — If a downtown developer doesn’t come up with the money and documentation required to cover his multimillion dollar debt before early December, it looks like he could lose the two landmark buildings he has spent years … 0

Montague police: couple ambushed, robbed at gunpoint

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — One man was arrested and three suspects are at large after a gunpoint robbery in an Avenue A apartment. Two victims, a husband and wife from Warren, were taken to Baystate Franklin Medical Center to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries to their faces, heads and … 0

GCC earns national green award

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College is one of five community colleges of 1,200 nationwide that is recognized for its environmentally sustainable practices, programs and job training. The college is one of five community colleges awarded with an American … 0

Northfield Highway Dept. supt.’s land to be new salt/sand shed

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

NORTHFIELD — If the town buys a plot of land from its Highway Department superintendent, he’ll get to visit it often. The annual town meeting approved $200,000 to buy land and to build a salt and sand shed. Highway Superintendent Thomas Walker was the low bidder, offering his … 0

Early morning Orange raid nets suspected drug dealer

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ORANGE — A raid conducted early Tuesday morning by the Northwestern District Attorney’s Anti-Crime Task Force has led to the arrest of a suspected drug dealer. Myron D. Vacca, 31, of 67 Briggs St., was arrested at 4:05 a.m. and charged with possession of a Class A drug, … 0

Free scarecrow workshop Sunday

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Among the planned Mohawk Trail 100th anniversary celebrations this fall will be a Route 2, Athol-to-Williamston parade of scarecrows on the weekend of Oct. 17 to 19. The scarecrows will have a place of honor along the Mohawk Trail, and The Art Garden wants to … 0

Embezzling teller gets 2nd sentencing delay

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — Sentencing for a convicted embezzler has been postponed for the second time. Meghan Porter, 26, stole $92,000 from a single customer’s accounts in 2011 and 2012 while employed as head teller of Freedom Credit Union’s Greenfield branch. Porter pleaded guilty Sept. 3 in Franklin Superior Court … 0

GCC, other community colleges split $20M to invest in STEM

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College is one of 15 schools statewide to get a slice of $20 million to promote programs and train prospective workers in science, technology, engineering and math. In a consortia, 15 community colleges across the state were selected by the federal Department of Labor … 0

Bayer expansion plan review continued again

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

WHATELY — The Whately Planning Board has continued the site plan review for Bayer MaterialScience’s proposed expansion for a third time. According to Planning Board member Nicholas Jones, the decision was made at the board’s Sept. 30 meeting to allow time for an independent engineering firm, White Engineering, … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Robert Strong Woodward lecture Saturday BUCKLAND — The editor-in-chief of the magazine “Fine Art Connoisseur” will talk about Buckland’s most famous artist, Robert Strong Woodward this Saturday at the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association museum at 8 Memorial St. in Old Deerfield. Peter Trippi’s lecture, “An Artist of his … 0