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Hidden park may become one of Greenfield’s most popular after $700K renovation

Monday, May 4, 2015

GREENFIELD — When renovations are completed on one of Greenfield’s parks next spring, the town’s recreation director said she believes the hidden park will become one of the town’s most popular. An almost $700,000 makeover is planned for Green River Park, which is accessible from Deerfield Street, and the town’s first dog park will be located there. Renovations will also … 0

Family, pets escape house fire in Buckland

Monday, May 4, 2015

BUCKLAND — Late Monday morning, Melissa Udal was brewing coffee and making breakfast for her family when her son, Tristan Kostanski, ran downstairs, exclaiming his … 0

State sets hearing on gas supply agreement with pipeline co.

Monday, May 4, 2015

The state Department of Public Utilities has scheduled a May 26 public hearing on its planned “precedent agreement” for natural gas supply from Tennessee Gas … 0

Gill OKs marijuana dispensary bylaw

Monday, May 4, 2015

GILL — Voters in Monday’s annual town meeting approved a medical marijuana dispensary bylaw over argument that the zoning was too restrictive. The regulations drafted by the Planning Board and Franklin Regional Council of Governments now move on … 0

Girard wins seat as Bernardston selectman

Monday, May 4, 2015

BERNARDSTON — Andrew I. Girard is Bernardston’s newest selectman. Annual election voters chose Girard over candidate Rawn Fulton by a vote of 70-45. Girard will serve the remainder of two-year term left by Virginia Budness, who resigned last … 0

Willmore will serve as selectman in Buckland

Monday, May 4, 2015

BUCKLAND — In a three-way race for selectman, Dena Willmore, who had served on the Finance Committee, won with 139 votes. Her opponents, Eric Temple and Paul J. Herbert, received 118 and 52 votes, respectively. The following incumbents … 0

Colrain voters support Internet funding

Monday, May 4, 2015

COLRAIN — About 290 voters out of 1,139 came out Monday to elect town officials and support ballot questions for school capital projects and for townwide broadband. Selectman Mark A. Thibodeau won a third term on the Board of Selectmen. Besides Thibodeau, several other incumbents were returned to … 0

Two newcomers win posts in Deerfield

Monday, May 4, 2015

DEERFIELD — Deerfield voters were presented with familiar faces in the Monday’s annual town election. There were no contested races, and only two newcomers. Four-term Board of Selectmen veteran Carolyn Shores Ness was re-elected, running unopposed for another three-year term. She received 140 votes. On the Deerfield Elementary … 0

Smith wins Erving selectman’s seat

Monday, May 4, 2015

ERVING — Monday’s election featured a race for outgoing Selectman Margaret Sullivan’s seat, with voters choosing Finance Committee Chairman Jacob Smith over former Fire Chief Almon “Bud” Meattey by a vote of 166-88. The candidates are neighbors, Meattey … 0

Northfield spends savings to keep taxes down

Monday, May 4, 2015

NORTHFIELD — While Monday’s annual town meeting approved more than $1 million in capital projects, most of them won’t affect the tax rate. While warrant articles sought more than $1.25 million, most of the funding will come from … 0

Hawley re-elects incumbents

Monday, May 4, 2015

HAWLEY — The only two town officials running for re-election on this year’s ballot — Selectman Robert E. MacLean and Assessor Henry Eggert — were re-elected to three-year terms in the town’s annual election. Other incumbents, who ran as write-ins, were also elected to one-year terms: Town Moderator … 0

19 voters elect Monroe’s leaders

Monday, May 4, 2015

MONROE — Only 19 out of 68 town voters turned out Monday to re-elect a slate of mostly incumbent candidates in the annual town election. The “new” three-year constable elected Monday was Carla Davis-Little, who is also on the Selectboard/Board of Health and School Committee. Incumbents were re-elected … 0

DeWitt wins seat on New Salem Selectboard

Monday, May 4, 2015

NEW SALEM — Lisa DeWitt won a three-year term on the Selectboard, a new name among a slate of mostly incumbents in Monday’s annual town election, with 52 votes. DeWitt was unchallenged on the ballot, which holds no contests this year. There was a 10 percent voter turnout … 0