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For this walk, it’s personal

Sunday, October 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — More than a hundred walkers formed a bright pink ribbon in an otherwise chilled and gray downtown Sunday for the sixth annual Rays of Hope breast cancer walk. Survivors of the disease were well represented in the group and celebration, awareness, remembrance and solidarity were among the reasons they gave for walking. Barbara Aubrey of Charlemont was walking … 0

Pumpkins prove popular

Sunday, October 19, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Oh, the pumpkin — that glorious gourd. In both cuisine and the arts, its uses are legion in number and there was … 0

Andrews, Whipps Lee talk jobs, pipeline, hunting in debate

Sunday, October 19, 2014

ERVING — Jobs and economic development in the North Quabbin region dominated a debate between Rep. Denise Andrews, the 2nd Franklin District’s incumbent Democrat, and … 1

Mohawk teenager’s summer to remember

Sunday, October 19, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Ask Briel Gibson, 17, of Shelburne Falls how she spent her summer vacation, and she’s likely to tell you one of three things: 1) She spent two weeks rooting out invasive plant species from the … 0

GCC to add farm ed courses for 2015

Sunday, October 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Old MacDonald had a farm, but could he make a living? With a grant of almost $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Greenfield Community College will start up new courses in sustainable agriculture, along with free teacher-training workshops for local high school teachers who are … 0

South County towns to host drive-through flu clinic Sunday

Sunday, October 19, 2014

DEERFIELD — Fast food? Try fast flu shots. That’s what the towns of Deerfield, Conway, Sunderland and Whately will be offering their residents this coming Sunday during a free drive-thru flu shot clinic in the parking lot of Yankee Candle’s headquarters on Yankee Candle Way in Deerfield. This … 0

Historians and Greenfield mayor want Wiley & Russell Dam to stay

Sunday, October 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Though it doesn’t appear a decision will be made in the near future, people are still debating the fate of the 78-year-old timber crib dam that spans the Green River at Meridian Street. For more than … 0

Paid sick leave ballot question topic of public hearing today

Sunday, October 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — The town Human Rights Commission will hold a public hearing on proposed state ballot Question 4 on sick leave today at 6 p.m. at the Town Hall meeting room. Question 4 proposes to entitle employees in Massachusetts to the benefits of earned sick time. If approved … 0

Deerfield Arts Bank offers new classes

Sunday, October 19, 2014

DEERFIELD — As the leaves begin to lose their verdant hue and shift their palette to shades of orange, red and yellow, it’s difficult to resist the urge to stop on the side of the road and immortalize that once-a-year moment with your camera or smartphone. Now, Jane … 0

Saturday night bridge accident

Sunday, October 19, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Festival-goers at the northern end of the Franklin County Pumpkinfest on Sunday evening were briefly distracted by lights and sirens on the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge, as a driver was allegedly distracted by something shortly before a crash. Montague police and Turners Falls firefighters responded to … 0

Greenfield will wait to see where surplus money goes

Sunday, October 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Mayor William Martin said he will work with town councilors who voted against putting more than $1.3 million of “free cash” surplus into stabilization this year so that the town has enough money in reserve for unexpected expenses. “I will be explaining to them in even … 0

Warm the Children helps Northfield family

Friday, October 17, 2014

NORTHFIELD — New clothes are not a luxury that Northfield resident Lucinda Jordan is used to receiving. As an unemployed single mother of two young girls, Jordan, 27, is more accustomed to making what she does have last, … 0

Hawley voters end bitter town meeting early

Friday, October 17, 2014

HAWLEY — Both tempers and old grievances flared in this hilltown, prompting frustrated voters to end a special town meeting after nearly 2 1/2 hours of arguing — but not voting. Voters abruptly adjourned a heated special town meeting that became a gavelled-down shouting match revealing bitter divisions … 1