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This year, Mike's Maze, seen in this aerial photo, is based on the classic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." It features Alice herself, as well as other iconic images like the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter's hat, all cut into the Sunderland cornfield.

Alice in Sunderland: The high-tech making of this fall’s Mike’s Maze is a family affair

Friday, September 4, 2015

SUNDERLAND — This fall, it won’t take a trip down any rabbit holes along the banks of the Connecticut River to experience Sunderland’s own version of Wonderland. At Warner’s Farm on South Main Street, this year’s design for Mike’s Maze features Alice herself, the Cheshire Cat and some very unhappy pink flamingos. While answering a series of trivia questions correctly … 0

Fried dough and french fries in danger? Local fair vendors fear effects of new fire codes

Friday, September 4, 2015

GREENFIELD — Imagine the Franklin County Fair without the scent of fried dough made by a local farm or the taste of fresh, hand-cut fries … 0

Kulik seeks to reform intervenor process at state DPU

Friday, September 4, 2015

Rep. Stephen Kulik was among those denied full intervenor status during the state Department of Public Utilities proceedings that allowed Berkshire Gas Co. to become … 0

Knife maker’s land cut loose: Former Lamson & Goodnow buildings, property to be auctioned

Friday, September 4, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — The last remaining land and buildings belonging to Lamson & Goodnow cutlery goes up for auction on Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. This public auction, run by Aaron Posnik auctioneers, is for three properties: ∎ The … 0

FERC extends pipeline comment period

Friday, September 4, 2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has extended the public comment period of its scoping process for Kinder Morgan’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline until Oct. 16. The decision comes amid criticism that Kinder Morgan’s release of nearly 6,500 pages of information related to the project in late July … 0

Rooster’s Bistro under new ownership

Friday, September 4, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Northfield resident Corinne Burnham is no longer the owner of Rooster’s Bistro. For 13 years, Burnham has single-handedly raised her son, run the bistro’s entire operation and strengthened her community catering business — Grace Receptions. She … 0

Holyoke man faces drug charges after traffic stop

Friday, September 4, 2015

GREENFIELD — An 18-year-old Holyoke man was arrested on drug-related charges early Friday morning after police found what is believed to be heroin and ecstacy in his vehicle during a routine traffic stop. Borge Figueroa pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Friday on charges of possession of a … 0

Montague Police continue campaign to keep discarded hypodermic needles in their place

Friday, September 4, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A hypodermic needle disposal box in the police station joins several that the Montague Police Department has sent out around Turners Falls this spring, to high-traffic local businesses and the village park. Now, a syringe disposal box hangs on the wall inside the station near … 0

Power company begins aerial inspections of western Mass. rights of way by helicopter

Friday, September 4, 2015

Beginning next week, Eversource will be conducting aerial inspections of high voltage electrical equipment on rights-of-way in western Massachusetts. This semiannual inspection is an important part of the company’s ongoing commitment to providing reliable electric service. The work involves the use of a helicopter flying low over Eversource’s … 0

Leyden man arrested on drug and alcohol charges

Friday, September 4, 2015

GREENFIELD — A 19-year-old Leyden man was arrested on several drug and alcohol-related charges after he was parked near the Green River Swimming and Recreation Area late at night. According to court documents, police received a report around 2 a.m. Tuesday of a suspicious vehicle entering the parking … 0

Truck rollover closes Route 2

Friday, September 4, 2015

GREENFIELD — A tractor-trailer rolled over in Factory Hollow section of Route 2 early Friday morning and took down active power lines, causing 13 Eversource customers to lose power. According to state police trooper Dustin Fitch, the live … 0

Dickinson Memorial concludes summer reading program

Friday, September 4, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Hundreds of paper cutouts line the staircase wall of the Dickinson Memorial Library representing about 2,750 reading hours completed by the adolescent participants in the two-month summer library program. Cutout shapes include superhero characters that align … 0

Holiday garbage pickup

Friday, September 4, 2015

GREENFIELD — Due to the Labor Day holiday on Monday, the following will be the town’s trash and recycling schedule: Monday’s collection on Tuesday Tuesday’s collection on Wednesday Wednesday’s collection on Thursday Thursday’s and Friday’s collections on Friday Trash and recycling must be at the curb by 7 … 0