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FRTA bus fares free for Black Friday

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — You can hitch a free ride with the FRTA Friday. Rides on the Franklin Regional Transit Authority’s fixed route buses will be free all day. “It’s our way of kicking off the holiday season,” said FRTA Director Tina Cote. Whether you want to check out Black Friday deals at downtown shops in Greenfield or Northampton, stop at Yankee … 0

Greenfield parking kiosk lots to be free Fridays, Saturdays

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — Starting Friday through Jan 3. All parking in kiosk lots in town will be free on Fridays and Saturdays. That’s a change from … 0

A time of thanks ... and fires

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

This Thanksgiving, firefighting authorities would like families and home cooks to keep “not being on fire” on their list of blessings. For the past five … 0

Fast trains pose threat

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The train is coming. And it’s fast. Amtrak’s Vermonter, traveling at speeds of nearly 80 mph, will be so much faster than the “clickety-clack” freight trains now on the tracks, in fact, that police and other safety officials … 0

Area elders face cuts

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — Poor elders in Franklin County wanting to stay at home may have a tougher time doing so with proposed statewide cuts to elder and home care services set to take effect. Across the state, elder services are bracing for $2.3 million in cuts to their budgets, … 0

Erving OKs money for legal fund, mill

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

ERVING — The town looked to its defenses this week, moving surplus money to prepare for a legal fight with its largest taxpayer and, in separate articles, setting aside money to secure and dispose of the latest old mill to land in the town’s lap. The special town … 0

Panel considers cleanup issues at Vt. Yankee site

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — How deep do you need to dig? How clean is “clean”? And for what future purpose is the site of Vermont Yankee being prepared? Those were some of the questions bandied about Thursday night during a meeting of the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizen Advisory Panel. … 0

Pipeline execs contributed to Baker gubernatorial campaign

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Five top executives of Kinder Morgan — the Houston-based corporation that hopes to build a pipeline through Massachusetts — each made maximum allowable personal contributions the campaign of Gov.-elect Charlie Baker, according to state campaign finance records. The $500 contributions — all made on Election Day — went … 0

Springfield casino taps local beer co.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

DEERFIELD — There might not be a “sure bet” at any casino, but one local company’s deal with the coming Springfield casino seems like a guaranteed win. Berkshire Brewing Co. has inked an agreement to have its pints poured at MGM Springfield. “We are thrilled to announce this … 0

Ashfield assessment values available in Town Hall

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

ASHFIELD — New property values are rising about 1 percent on average. The state Department of Revenue has completed its preliminary review of the town’s new property revaluation and proposed assessments for all tax classes of property for this fiscal year. According to the Board of Assessors, the … 0

Deerfield Notebook

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Register today DEERFIELD — Town Clerk Barbara J. Hancock will hold voter registration hours in Deerfield today from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. for residents to register to vote in the Dec. 8 special town meeting. Today will be the last day to register for the special town … 0

Salvation Army sees increased need

Monday, November 24, 2014

As the holiday season comes upon us this week, the Salvation Army in Greenfield is noticing an increased need in the community for food and clothing. The food pantry shelves are going bare. Requests for food assistance has … 0

Order up: Jerry’s Place re-opens after a month of repairs

Monday, November 24, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Bacon is sizzling and spatulas are flying for the first time in almost a month at Jerry’s Place. Deerfield Selectman David Wolfram and his wife, Mary, were among some of the first hungry patrons to … 0