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Scarecrow in the Park seeking more vendors

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BERNARDSTON — Fall may have just begun, but it’s not too early to start thinking about Halloween — and the Kiwanis’ annual Scarecrow in the Park event. Scarecrow in the Park will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26 in Cushman Park, at the intersection of South and Church streets. The festival grew to a … 0

Last-mile broadband collaboration takes next step in planning

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BOSTON — Now that the state has $50 million to help build out rural broadband Internet access, western Massachusetts legislators met Tuesday with Internet community … 0

Pepper spray now available without an FID

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Residents and visitors to Massachusetts no longer need a permit to buy or carry Mace and pepper spray. A provision in newly passed state gun … 0

Warwick on road to green community status

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

WARWICK — The town will soon become a “green community,” after approving the final two requirements at Monday’s special town meeting. Once the town’s application is approved, it will be eligible for a state grant of about $130,000 for energy efficiency projects. Voters adopted the so-called stretch building … 0

This week’s river cleanup promotes ‘zero waste’

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Connecticut River Watershed Council will use its 18th Annual Source to Sea Cleanup on Friday and Saturday as a way to push for solutions to river waste. The cleanup supports policies and legislation that help keep waste from ending up in local rivers and streams. … 0

Tires likely to stay parked for another year

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — It looks like the sea of tires discovered in a ravine below Colorado Avenue will stay there for at least another year. Andrea Donlon, river steward for the Connecticut River Watershed Council, which had hoped to remove the ones that aren’t embedded during its Source to … 0

Deerfield may buy N. Main Street property

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The town of Deerfield is considering buying a 0.43-acre property at 84 North Main St., which it plans to use to increase access to other town land. According to Board of Selectmen Chairwoman Carolyn Shores Ness, purchasing the house and lot would allow the town … 0

Free drug collection Saturday, with sites throughout county

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Unwanted prescription medicines left in medicine cabinets are prime targets for thieves, pose a danger to children, and improper disposal can contaminate rivers and fish or leave the drugs accessible to potential illicit users. Area residents are encouraged to look to their medicine cabinets for unused prescription drugs … 0

Mohawk athletes warned of resistant staph infection

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BUCKLAND — A Mohawk Trail Regional School athlete has been confirmed to have a penicillin-resistant staph infection known as MRSA, and a letter has gone out to the parents of Mohawk athletes, warning them of the condition and of precautions to avoid its spread. “It’s a very common … 0

Greenfield Fire Dept. soon to offer patient transfer by ambulance

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — Firefighters will soon be able to transport patients to the hospital when paramedics are unavailable. The Fire Department bought a new ambulance last year. It has been on the road since January, but the EMT-firefighters weren’t able to transport patients with it. Rather, they’d stabilize patients … 0

Leverett fire chief earns state accreditation

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

LEVERETT — Fire Chief John Moruzzi has recently been accredited by the state Fire Services Commission. “It feels good to be recognized by the state as someone who’s gone out, gotten an education (in firefighting) and put forth the effort to be a good chief,” Moruzzi said. Moruzzi … 0

Wendell special town meeting Thursday

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

WENDELL — Residents will be asked to put tax dollars toward a safe for the tax collector and repairs to the town common gazebo roof. A special town meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. in the town hall to consider these and three other financial decisions. … 0

Shape follows form: Deerfield Arts Bank show looks at chairs, their owners

Monday, September 22, 2014

DEERFIELD — For Deerfield resident Jane Trigere, we human beings are inseparable from our chairs. “Chairs are interesting because they imply the human form,” said Trigere. “They only exist and are only shaped the way they are because … 0