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Rain delay: Berkshire East’s Thunder Mountain Bike Park to open Thursday

Monday, June 29, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Berkshire East this week formally opens its newest offering into the recreational sports arena, an extensive lift-serviced downhill mountain bike park. The park was originally slated to open Wednesday, July 1, but has delayed the opening by one day due to expected rain and the possibility of thunderstorms. The bike park plans to open Thursday, July 2. The … 0

Designer of Vt. Yankee nuke waste containers touts their toughness

Monday, June 29, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The president of the company that designs and sells the giant concrete and steel casks that will store Vermont Yankee’s waste for … 0

Erving votes to ban fracked gas pipelines at special town meeting Monday

Monday, June 29, 2015

ERVING — A crowd in the Erving Elementary School Gymnasium erupted in cheers and applause after voters approved a resolution to ban fracked gas pipelines … 0

Northfield Town Hall on the road to repair

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Town Hall has served as a meeting venue for numerous community groups and functions, but over the span of 88 years, it has become dilapidated. For the past five years, the Town Hall Master Planning … 0

Neighbors: Be kind

Monday, June 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. About once a year I feel compelled to remind myself and others to be good neighbors. I don’t necessarily mean “neighbor” in the literal sense. What I mean is that we all should be kind to everyone. Those who aren’t can never truly be happy themselves. … 0

State prison sentence for second defendant in UMass rape trial

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Justin A. King wiped his eyes with a tissue as he was sentenced Monday to eight to 12 years in state prison for his role in the 2012 rape of a former University of Massachusetts Amherst … 0

Studded tires lead to heroin arrests

Monday, June 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — Failing to switch out winter tires led to the arrest of two men on drug charges in Greenfield Friday night. Jesse Stebbins, 25, of 17 Avenue C, Turners Falls, was charged with possession of a Class … 0

Greenfield teachers union threatens lawsuit

Monday, June 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield teachers union threatens legal action, saying members laid off this year have lost health insurance they were entitled to through the summer break. “The Greenfield Education Association has learned the Greenfield Schools are, with less than a week’s notice, canceling the health insurance policies … 0

Vigil Thursday for Charleston shooting

Monday, June 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Greenfield Community College plan a vigil Thursday to honor the lives of the nine people killed June 17 at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. The vigil is to begin at 5 p.m. on the Greenfield Town … 0

Is spanking your kids OK? Highest Mass. court says yes, but not everyone agrees

Monday, June 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — The state’s highest court has weighed in on whether spanking is appropriate, seeking to clearly define what the court said has been a common-law line between parenting and abuse. Overturning the assault and battery conviction of a man who spanked his child in front of the … 0

Declaration of Independence to be read on town common during Fourth of July events

Monday, June 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — Town leaders and others will gather on the Town Common on Saturday once again to read the Declaration of Independence. This time, Mayor William Martin, Greenfield Fire Chief Robert Strahan and a couple of local musicians will participate. Last year, about 40 people crowded into Greenfield … 0

Yankee Engine-uity show still humming

Sunday, June 28, 2015

ORANGE — It wasn’t a tranquil weekend for those living near the Orange Municipal Airport. The sputter of engines, the aroma of fuel and the sight of antique tractors, automobiles and other collectables were only some attractions that … 0

Standing the test of time: PVMA Executive Director Timothy Neumann marks 40 years at post

Sunday, June 28, 2015

DEERFIELD — When Timothy Neumann was hired as the executive director of Deerfield’s Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association in June of 1975, he was told by Russ Miller, the organization’s president at the time, not to count on it … 0