Greenfield gas station plans expansion

Thursday, April 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — A local gas station hopes to nearly double the size of its 24-hour convenience store on Federal Street. Cumberland Farms has applied for a permit to expand its 317 Federal St. location from about 2,500 square feet to 4,513 square feet and to add four gas pumps, for a total of 10, according to Eric Twarog, Greenfield’s director … 0

State’s ‘archaic’ zoning rules could get overhaul

Thursday, April 24, 2014

It’s taken a dozen years or so, but the state’s laws that regulate development in local communities appears to be closer than ever to passing … 0

Deerfield plugs hole in budget

Thursday, April 24, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — By squeezing a lean budget and using surplus, the town has balanced its budget for the coming year while avoiding a Proposition … 0

Cream puffs at the Potholes

Thursday, April 24, 2014

By DIANE BRONCACCIO Recorder Staff SHELBURNE FALLS — Combine the village’s scenic attractions with a family recipe for cream puffs, bake them daily with local cream, local wheat and maple syrup, and what have you got? Lindsay’s Emerald … 0

Pie high: New pizzeria flourishing in Charlemont

Thursday, April 24, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Just two weeks after it opened, Berkshire Pizzeria is already thinking about expanding. For now, this new pizzeria has nine booths and tables, but plans are in the works to add a deck, for outdoor dining, … 0

Two sent to prison in Athol arson

Thursday, April 24, 2014

ATHOL — Two Worcester County men have received state prison sentences after pleading guilty to burning a vacant house last year. Kevin Thibodeau of Athol and Bryant Defresne of Leominster, both 19 at the time of the January 2013 arson, each pleaded guilty to charges of arson of … 0

Planning Board chairwoman’s email account hacked

Thursday, April 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — Contrary to what you may have seen in your email, Greenfield Planning Board Chairwoman Roxann Wedegartner isn’t stranded in the Philippines in need of “urgent financial assistance.” Wedegartner’s two Yahoo email addresses were somehow compromised this week and emails asking for money were sent out to … 0

Minivan hits Greenfield bank

Thursday, April 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — A single-car accident brought new meaning to the term “drive-up banking” Thursday. The front steps and railing of Greenfield Cooperative Bank’s 63 Federal St. branch were damaged when a minivan hopped the curb, narrowly missed nearby … 0

Deerfield Academy buys Williams Farm lot

Thursday, April 24, 2014

DEERFIELD — For $1.5 million, Deerfield Academy has bought a two-acre lot from the Williams Farm. According to the Registry of Deeds, the Trustees of Deerfield Academy bought the 2.2 acres at 36 Old Main St. from Kenneth and Pamela Williams. Kenneth Williams declined to comment on the … 0

Final step for EMS on Deerfield warrant

Thursday, April 24, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — At Monday’s annual town meeting , townspeople will be asked to support a $14,448,410 budget for next year. Townspeople will be asked to spend $924,223 more than the current year and weigh in on 31 articles. The town meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 … 0

Montague meeting to decide on skate park

Thursday, April 24, 2014

MONTAGUE — The annual town meeting is around the corner, with town representatives asked to approve the town budget, a school district assessment up more than the recent trend, substantial sewer system repairs and a skate park. Volunteers have constructed a string of temporary skate parks, all of … 0

Highway car chase turns into foot pursuit in Greenfield

Thursday, April 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — A speeding driver led police on a chase up and down the interstate Thursday before ditching the car and taking off on foot. The speeder was first seen by a trooper on Interstate 91 north in the Whately area at about 5:25 p.m., according to state … 0

Amherst, UMass officials prepare for potential party weekend

Thursday, April 24, 2014

AMHERST — As the semester for local college students winds down, public safety officials are planning for the possibility of a weekend in which alcohol-fueled behavior could cause disturbances around town. Amherst Police Chief Scott Livingstone said Tuesday that police officers are prepared to handle any incidents that … 0