Staying active big part of their craft

Sunday, March 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — Every Wednesday afternoon at 1, 93-year-old Mildred Grant makes her way down from her third-floor apartment in the Weldon House to the Greenfield Senior Center below to meet up with a group of senior women who love to do crafts together. “Crafty Seniors” has been meeting in the Greenfield Senior Center, which has been located in the Weldon … 0

He found gold on the slopes

Sunday, March 29, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The skiing season is almost over and Franklin County Technical School student Nicholas Saladino can look ahead to a summer of his … 0

Former Tech students shepherd video game app to market

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A small flock of sheep graze in their enclosure, placidly unaware of the lurking danger. The danger is wolves, an endless stream of small, animated … 0

Biz leaders discuss regional economic development plan

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Friday’s gathering of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce was an opportunity for about 100 business leaders from around the region to learn about regional economic development planning here. Like many of its monthly breakfast meetings, the presentation on how the 2015 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy is being … 0

Chamber breakfast includes pitch for disaster partners

Sunday, March 29, 2015

You can’t have too many umbrellas when it comes to emergency preparedness. The Western Regional Homeland Security Advisory Council — an umbrella group that works with homeland-security money to help emergency management workers prepare for future emergencies — is looking for community organizations to sign up as potential … 0

Ag commissioner tells CISA crowd administration ready to dig in

Sunday, March 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Though the number might seem small, newly-appointed state agricultural commissioner John Lebeaux said a recent 1 percent increase in the number of farms in the Pioneer Valley is a “trend in the right direction.” In his … 0

Shelburne hears calls for more flexible solar bylaw

Sunday, March 29, 2015

SHELBURNE — In contrast to past public hearings on wind turbine bylaws, those attending last week’s Planning Board hearing for a bylaw regulating “large-scale” electricity-generating solar farms voiced concerns that the proposal would limit solar energy opportunities in this town. Energy consultant John Walsh of Main Street praised … 0

NELCWIT seeks more state funding

Sunday, March 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — The New England Learning Center for Women in Transition joined its statewide partner agencies in asking for an additional $6.134 million in state money for sexual and domestic violence services to fill gaps in services. The funding request would increase the ability of local programs to … 0

Craig Memorial Equestrian Center seeks donations

Sunday, March 29, 2015

LEVERETT — Faced with a burned-down stable to rebuild, an already-struggling horse riding and boarding center is looking to the public for help. An eight-horse stable at Craig Memorial Equestrian Center, formerly known as Mount Toby Stables, burned to the ground March 20. Five horses were saved, but … 0

Two charged with possession after Deerfield traffic stop

Sunday, March 29, 2015

DEERFIELD — Two Amherst residents face heroin charges after a traffic stop Friday night on Route 116. Deerfield Police Sgt. Harry Ruddock said Dennis Lavigne, 35, and Emily Browne, 22, both of 12 Weaver Circle in Amherst, were arrested and charged with heroin possession. Browne was also charged … 0

West County Notebook

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Dog license deadline Tuesday BUCKLAND — Tuesday is the deadline for residents to license their dogs and avoid a $25 late fee. Residents may mail their renewal, put their renewal through the slot on the front door of Town Hall or see Town Clerk Janice Purington in the … 0

Gill Notebook

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Medical marijuana planning hearing GILL — A public hearing in April will give residents the opportunity to weigh in on a proposed bylaw to regulate the zoning of any hypothetical medical marijuana dispensary in town. The Gill Planning Board hearing is scheduled for April 9 at 7 p.m. … 0

Lamson & Goodnow moving to Westfield; Property sold to Ashfield man

Friday, March 27, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — After 178 years in Shelburne Falls, Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co. will be moving to Westfield. Chief Operating Officer James Pelletier said that on Thursday he signed a lease, which takes effect on April 1. … 0