Conway’s Festival of the Hills moves to grammar school grounds

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

CONWAY — As the leaves begin to change, so do the grounds of the Conway Grammar School. On Sunday, the school will play host to the annual Festival of the Hills. Due to the town’s ongoing ball field renovations, the festival will be held at the school this year, and parking will be available on the Boyden property on Roaring … 0

Trolley Museum makes room for 2

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum is on track to double its appeal. It plans to restore and feature a second antique trolley … 0

Unity Park accessible swing plan altered

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The wheelchair-accessible swing planned for Unity Park has been dropped in favor of a different design, and is back on track. The … 0

Brewing up the blues

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — If you are looking for a barbecue with live blues music, local and national craft brews, contests, vendors and more before fall is over, look no further. The fourth annual Riverside Blues & BBQ Festival will be held Oct. 11 and 12 in Beacon Field below … 0

With move to Whately, company sees strong future in tea leaves

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

WHATELY — Have you ever wanted to try a raspberry-hibiscus-currant tea slushie? Tea Guys, a new business that recently completed an expansion in Whately, can probably help you out. The premium tea importer, blender and wholesaler, will open the doors to its new 10,000-square-foot facility at 110 Christian … 0

Lawmakers call on EPA to limit chemicals threatening bees

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

U.S. Rep James McGovern, who represents part of Franklin County in Congress, is among 60 House members who called on the federal Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday to take immediate steps to protect bees and other pollinators from the … 0

ISO New England backs Northfield Mountain pumping increase

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The system operator of the region’s electricity grid is backing plans to pump more Connecticut River water through the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage hydro-generator this winter. Northfield Mountain’s owner, FirstLight Power, wants federal approval to boost the capacity of its generator station by 22 percent to augment the … 0

Teachers attacked by Greenfield student?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — Three middle school teachers complained of being assaulted by a student on the same day, but police and school officials aren’t giving out many details this week about the incident. On Sept. 22, three Greenfield Middle School teachers walked into the police station at about 4:30 … 0

Cell tower hearing set for Ashfield tonight

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

ASHFIELD — The Planning Board’s continuation of a 150-foot cell tower hearing for Spruce Corner Road takes place tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. The hearing had been continued to give the developer, Industrial Tower and Wireless LLC, time to find out if the tower meets the … 0

The Enterovirus D68: Be alert and be clean, but don’t worry, say specialists

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — While there have been no confirmed cases of the respiratory infection Enterovirus D68 at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, hospital and infection control specialists advise caution and good hand hygiene. The strain thought to be causing the current outbreak around the country, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), can be … 0

Shelter dogs have their day

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Guests are encouraged to bring their dogs as dinner dates for a Saturday fundraiser. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Regional Dog Shelter will hold its first Festival of the Dogs from 11 a.m. to 5 … 0

Sunderland to hold Fall Festival this weekend

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Looking for fiddlers, food and fun? You can have it all Saturday afternoon in Sunderland. The 16th annual Sunderland Fall Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the ballfields behind Town Hall. According to Janet Conley, local bands will perform throughout the … 0

Leverett man denies injuring 2 Amherst cops

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — A Leverett man who allegedly injured two police officers in separate incidents Saturday has pleaded innocent to a half dozen charges in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown. Nikolai R. James, 21, of 253 Long Plain … 0