Greenfield councilor writes 2nd book

Monday, January 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Marian Kelner has had several careers in her lifetime — massage therapist, English teacher to people who speak other languages, and now she currently serves the town as its Precinct 1 town councilor. One of her greatest passions, though, is writing, she said. Kelner has published her second book, “May We Be Like the Penguin,” a collection of … 0

New brewery planned for Orange Innovation Center

Monday, January 26, 2015

ORANGE — It may be snowing outside today, but beer will be pouring soon in Orange. Friends Sean Nolan and Jay Sullivan have signed a … 0

Bidders for school business job under review

Monday, January 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town of Greenfield and The Management Solutions were among two entities that bid for the temporary school business management job. Superintendent Jordana … 0

‘Risky’ Case, former dean at GCC, dies at 93

Monday, January 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Always with a smile and clarity of voice, Ethel “Risky” Case worked tirelessly to better the community, stand up for women’s issues and advocate for the elderly, her friends and community members say. As a former … 0

County braces for nor’easter

Monday, January 26, 2015

Katie Boudreau of South Deerfield wasn’t taking any chances on Monday. She said if the nor’easter forecast to envelop the county today hit as hard as predicted, she wasn’t going to be without water, milk, bread and enough … 0


Monday, January 26, 2015

Schools and government offices and many businesses and social agencies have closed for the day. Franklin Regional Transit Authority buses are not running today. Fixed bus routes will resume at 9 a.m. Wednesday The YMCA in Greenfield will be closed Tuesday. They plan to reopen at 5 a.m. … 0

Downing to chair new committee on redistricting

Monday, January 26, 2015

BOSTON — State Sen. Benjamin B. Downing, D-Pittsfield, who represents many Franklin County towns, has been named Senate chairman of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities & Energy and chairman of the new Senate Committee on Redistricting. The … 0

Statewide travel ban in effect

Monday, January 26, 2015

A statewide travel ban has been issued by Gov. Charlie Baker due to the ongoing snowstorm. The ban orders all nonessential personnel to stay off the state’s roadways from midnight until further notice. There are several exemptions. Excluded from the travel ban are: emergency response personnel; healthcare workers … 0

WMECO calls in crews to help respond to potential power outages

Monday, January 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Western Mass. Electric Co. has called in extra crews from out of state to assist in case of outages caused by the ongoing blizzard. Those will include workers from WMECO parent company Northeast Utilities, as well as crews from other utility companies and independent contractors. Spokeswoman … 0

Cruiser crashes en route to armed robbery

Monday, January 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — A police car crashed into a civilian’s vehicle on the way to a report of an armed robbery in a local convenience store. Sgt. James Rode was seen walking and speaking to other officers after he … 0

Neighbors: Stay safe as you ride out the storm

Monday, January 26, 2015

Hello neighbor. If forecasts were correct, we’re finding ourselves right in the middle of the biggest storm of the year — possibly of the past 40 years or more. The National Weather Service is using terms like “historic” and “life-threatening” to describe the nor’easter, and we are its … 0

West County Notebook

Monday, January 26, 2015

Buckland selectmen move meeting to Wednesday BUCKLAND — Due to the anticipated snowstorm, the Board of Selectmen has canceled today’s meeting. Instead, the selectmen will meet on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall. Mary Lyon gets Staples’ grant for computer upgrade SHELBURNE FALLS — The Mary … 0

Video: Montague Common Hall Contradance Fundraiser

Sunday, January 25, 2015

People of all ages enjoy a spin around the Montague Common Hall on Sunday during a contradance held by The Friends of the Common Hall. The group hoped to raise money to make a dent in the $4,100 … 0