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Watershed moment

Monday, July 21, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Connecticut River below the Turners Falls-Gill Dam was uncharacteristically high and fast this weekend, and filled with boaters. Relicensing project manager John Howard of FirstLight said the usual summertime flow over the dam into the section of the river bypassing the power canal is about 120 cubic feet per second. On Sunday afternoon, the flow measured … 0

WMECO closes Greenfield building

Monday, July 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Western Massachusetts Electric Co. has closed its service center in Greenfield, but six of its more than 20 employees who worked out of … 0

Deerfield looks to sell surplus property

Monday, July 21, 2014

DEERFIELD — In an effort to help bolster the town’s finances, Deerfield is planning to unload a number of town-owned properties for which it has … 0

For Academy at Charlemont’s Bloomfield, school starts now

Monday, July 21, 2014

CHARLEMONT — School’s out for students at the Academy at Charlemont, but new Head of School Brian Bloomfield is already planning for the school year ahead. “I’m looking forward to meeting the students and their families,” said Bloomfield, … 0

Aging with grace

Monday, July 21, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — For 40 years, Franklin County Home Care Corp. has been on the frontline in helping elders, people with disabilities and caregivers throughout the region get access to services they need to live independent lives. The … 0

Multi-level partnership could include 1,600 acres in Northfield

Monday, July 21, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Local, state and national agencies are teaming up to protect 1,600 acres of local forestland. This spring, the nationwide nonprofit Trust for Public Land inked a purchase agreement with the Northfield Mount Hermon School, which owns the large, hilly forest in the northeast corner of the … 0

Land trust guards 750 acres in Hawley

Monday, July 21, 2014

HAWLEY — Alice Stuart Parker Pyle has plenty of memories gleaned from decades on Singing Brook Farm, from the cows, chickens, pigs and turkeys that remained from the time when her family bought the 500-acre spread in 1919, … 0

‘King Arthur,’ trapeze classes highlight Hilltown Youth Theater season

Monday, July 21, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Want to learn to fly like Mary Martin in “Peter Pan?” Flying trapeze lessons will be available to the public during this year’s Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop at the Academy at Charlemont. As part of … 0

Yoga, writing workshop for those diagnosed with cancer

Monday, July 21, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Twenty years ago, Pam Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer. Every week through treatment and rehabilitation, Roberts attended a writing workshop, where she found that no matter what prompt was given, she’d write about her … 0

Neighbors: Head to the North Quabbin for some summer fun

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was really excited to read last week that the North Quabbin will be getting some help from the state to boost tourism. It’s such a beautiful area — and you all know how much I love the Quabbin Reservoir. There are other attractions in that … 0

Debtor’s jail?

Monday, July 21, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Iheanyi Daniel Okoroafor, a 73-year-old African immigrant and retired mental health case manager, thought he’d get a chance to explain to a judge why he didn’t pay for a furnace repair he says was not … 0

A time to share stories

Sunday, July 20, 2014

NEW SALEM — While Saturday’s Old Home Day focused on “going green,” groups worked on preserving a nonrenewable resource that’s not often mentioned in lectures on sustainability: stories of yesteryear. Kay Leonard of the Historical Commission used the … 0

Composting is in his blood

Sunday, July 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — Adam Martin may not say this himself, but these days it takes a renaissance man to farm dirt. Martin, a 29-year-old Greenfield native, purchased his father’s organic compost and mulch farm in February. But turning yard … 0