Welcoming winter’s arrival

Sunday, December 21, 2014

COLRAIN — How does a czar eat a potato? It’s fired from a cannon through a wall of butter and into his mouth, of course. At least, that’s what storyteller Yosl Kurland told his audience at the Winter Solstice Celebration at The Round House in Colrain Saturday night. According to the traditional Yiddish story and folk song that Kurland performed … 0

Olver helped engineer passenger rail’s return

Sunday, December 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — The name John W. Olver is at the front of the intermodal transit center that will serve as the station for the first … 0

About Town: Children at center of this Hanukkah celebration

Sunday, December 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — With the sun down and the electric lights dimmed, a laughing group celebrated the sixth night of Hanukkah with candles and song Sunday, … 0

Sen. Rosenberg partner transferred to Fla.

Monday, December 22, 2014

BOSTON — Senate Majority Leader Stanley Rosenberg’s partner has been reassigned to his public relations company’s Florida office after weeks of scrutiny about his relationship with the presumptive state senate president. The Boston Globe reports ( that Bryon Hefner will be relocating to Florida and working with clients … 0

With Amtrak’s arrival, safety at forefront

Sunday, December 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — When she looks out the back window of her Greenfield home, it’s common for Heidi Garfinkel to see people crossing the railroad tracks that run behind her property. With the return of the Amtrak Vermonter just … 0

Jake’s Tavern patrons make wishes come true for Kacy’s Kids toy drive

Sunday, December 21, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Sunday morning, Santa Claus sat at the rear of Jake’s Tavern, handing out packages brought forward from a dining room packed with gifts and telling the children seated by him that everyone in Turners Falls … 0

Conway ballfield improvements nearly complete

Sunday, December 21, 2014

CONWAY — When the ground thaws in the spring, visitors to downtown Conway may be greeted by the sounds of laughter and cracking baseball bats, with the town’s community ballfield fully renovated and, officials hope, ready for use. The redesigned park, designed by Peabody-based engineering firm Wesson & … 0

Andrews lauds Potee, Hebble for leadership on Opioid Task Force

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Outgoing state Rep. Denise Andrews, recently recognized the contributions and leadership of Dr. Ruth Potee, co-chair of the regional Opioid Task Force Health Care Solutions Committee and Marisa Hebble, the Task Force coordinator, in fighting opioid abuse in … 0

Academic programs see hope for simplified Cuban exchanges

Sunday, December 21, 2014

AMHERST — During his most recent visit to Havana just last week, Jerry Guidera noticed hints of a looming change in the long-strained relations between Cuba and the United States. “There was a sense of excitement building that I hadn’t seen before,” said Guidera, an Amherst resident who … 0

Three taken to hospital following Athol crash, conditions not released

Sunday, December 21, 2014

ATHOL — A two-car crash sent three to the hospital and closed a portion of the eastbound lane of Route 2 for half an hour Saturday night. Trooper Robert Johnson, attached to the Athol barracks of the State Police, said the crash was reported at 8:45 p.m. on … 0

Hawley town hall hours this holiday week

Sunday, December 21, 2014

HAWLEY — The upcoming holidays will affect town hall office hours. The administrative assistant will not hold office hours on Wednesday, Dec. 31, or Friday, Jan. 2, but will be in for her office hours on Tuesdays from 1 to 5 p.m. The tax collector will not hold … 0

Long-time Adopt-A-Family coordinator says goodbye to post

Friday, December 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Laurie and Thomas Wilton of Charlemont had planned to give their 4-year-old daughter, Jessica, as good a Christmas as any. Then, they both became unemployed last year due to disabilities. A Christmas with presents under the … 0

Salvation Army facing kettle drive shortfall

Friday, December 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — With four days left until Christmas Eve, the Salvation Army is running short on cash for its annual Red Kettle Campaign and asking for community support. The Salvation Army at 72 Chapman St. has raised $36,782 — only about 76 percent of its goal of $48,000 … 0