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Whately shines on

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WHATELY — A new solar energy installation in Whately has officially gone live. Chairwoman Joyce Palmer Fortune of the Board of Selectmen praised the completion of the solar farm at its official inauguration Thursday, saying, “It’s times like these when being a public official is really, really good ... There are times when issues come up when it’s just, ‘Yes, … 0

3 Mohawk district towns seek assessment cuts

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BUCKLAND — A last-minute, 36 percent increase in state aid for busing for the Mohawk Trail Regional School District has prompted selectmen from three of … 0

Wax paranormal

Thursday, July 31, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — If you’re familiar with the television show ‘Ghost Hunters’ and the iconic black and yellow ‘TAPS’ logo-covered vans driven by its cast, … 0

Some say Shea Theater needs new blood

Thursday, July 31, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Two weeks ago the Shea Theater board of directors drew a crowd of supporters, but this week drew an opposite and nearly equal reaction, with the institution painted as insular and out of touch. On … 0

Mayor waits to hear from fireworks company about deal

Thursday, July 31, 2014

GREENFIELD — It appears the mayor may be ready to make a deal with the New Hampshire company that sold Greenfield short on the fireworks it bought for its Fourth of July celebration this year. Mayor William Martin said he is waiting to hear from the owner of … 0

Vermont man arrested after struggle, chase

Thursday, July 31, 2014

DEERFIELD — A Vermont man facing heroin dealing charges and a slew of other offenses allegedly asked the Lord for help before fighting a state trooper and leading police on a high-speed chase that ended with him locking the doors of his disabled car and lighting a cigarette, … 0

Montague’s town emergency alert system modernized

Thursday, July 31, 2014

MONTAGUE — The town expects to be able to alert residents sooner in the event of disasters and dangerous emergencies, with a Code Red emergency notification system now online. Free to residents, the service allows town and emergency agencies to send mass text or voice phone messages. Montague … 0

Creation Station in Orange an artists’ outlet

Thursday, July 31, 2014

ORANGE — Tyler Hakkinen and his girlfriend Ashley Fenner had a vision to bring artists together in the area to promote one another and share their works with the public. That vision has come to fruition as the … 0

Greenfield donates surplus school furniture to Zambia

Thursday, July 31, 2014

GREENFIELD — Students from Greenfield High School and throughout Zambia in southern Africa will have something in common — the same desks. This summer, Greenfield High School provided five tractor-trailers filled with surplus furniture to be shipped off to outfit schools in impoverished communities in Zambia. The excess … 0

Neighbors: Local woman up for Emmy Award

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hello neighbor. Our neighbors Ann and Gary Thomas of Greenfield can’t wait for Aug. 16, because that is when they will learn whether their daughter Sherry Thomas wins an Emmy Award with two other women for casting the … 0

Rowe Board of Selectmen accepts fire chief’s resignation

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

ROWE — Clad in his “Chief” Fire Department T-shirt and with many supporters present, Rowe Fire Chief Paul McLatchy Jr. repeated his reasons for resigning and defended his resignation letter “To the Townspeople of Rowe,” which was emailed … 0

Constitution eroded by 9/11 attacks, lawyer says

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

CHARLEMONT — The last of seven Guantanamo detainees represented by Ashfield lawyer Buz Eisenberg is now awaiting resettlement, after being held without charges for 12 1/ 2 years — and after being cleared for transfer three times since … 0

Whately Planning Board will continue Bayer site plan review

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

WHATELY — The Planning Board stopped short Tuesday night of approving local thermoplastic company Bayer MaterialScience’s site plan for a proposed expansion of its factory in the town’s industrial park. Instead, the board decided to continue the public hearing on Aug. 19, citing a lack of response to … 0