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Frontier tennis repairs back in play

Friday, April 18, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Funding for repairs to the Frontier Regional School tennis courts will come before townspeople for approval this spring after all. The Deerfield Community Preservation Committee reconsidered Thursday night and voted unanimously to recommend the request to town meeting on April 28. The only town left to recommend the request to town meeting is Conway. The Whately and … 0

Pioneer cuts $225,000 from proposed budget

Friday, April 18, 2014

BERNARDSTON — The Pioneer Valley Regional School Committee has lowered its proposed budget by nearly a quarter of a million dollars. The district was able … 0

Body in river identified as Greenfield man

Friday, April 18, 2014

SUNDERLAND — The identity of the dead man pulled from the Connecticut River April 19 has been identified. The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office has identified … 0

Gov. OKs $5M for parking garage

Friday, April 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — Plans for a downtown parking garage apparently can move forward from a decades-old idea into reality, possibly within the next two years. A joint Senate and House committee this week approved a $5 million earmark for … 0

Bar association takes up heroin discussion

Friday, April 18, 2014

In its first legislative breakfast in years, the Franklin County Bar Association had planned to make a pitch for increased funding for the court-appointed lawyers. But the region’s addiction crisis, and the need for additional state funding and anti-addiction programs took center stage. The timing is right for … 0

McGovern: Use schools to promote better nutrition

Friday, April 18, 2014

ORANGE — Organizations looking to promote better nutrition in their communities should send their messages through local schools, U.S. Rep James McGovern told members of the North Quabbin Community Coalition Friday. McGovern, a Democrat from Worcester and staunch anti-hunger advocate, said it’s unlikely Congress will approve any increases … 0

Rep. Mark: Higher ed. costs, student debt must be curbed

Friday, April 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — A legislative committee led by a local lawmaker said this week that the state can and should act soon to help alleviate rising college costs and student debt. “Fewer people are going to start going to … 0

Price, sites discussed in run-up to 3-town EMS launch

Friday, April 18, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — For the first full year of the South County Emergency Medical Service, townspeople in southern Franklin County will be asked to approve $749,594 for the regional paramedic service. The latest budget numbers are $235,947 for Sunderland, $125,647 for Whately and $387,999 for Deerfield. The budget … 0

GHS project cuts $250,000 into reserves

Friday, April 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield High School Building Committee voted to spend about $250,000 of its contingency money this week on additional technology and furniture and to account for some errors made in the school’s electrical engineering plans. The $66 million high school, which needs to be partly completed … 0

Selectman’s race, others at Hawley candidates’ night

Friday, April 18, 2014

HAWLEY — The town hosts a “Meet the Candidates” night Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Office, so that residents can ask candidates their questions as they prepare to go to the polls on May 5. John F. Sears and Hussain A. Hamdan are again in a … 0

Whately heads for decision on revamped town hall

Friday, April 18, 2014

WHATELY — By September 2015, townspeople could have a modern town office with more meeting rooms, a 175-seat air-conditioned auditorium and a fully accessible Town Hall as the civic and cultural center on Chestnut Plain Road. On Wednesday, … 0

Kali B’s serving up wings in Turners Falls

Thursday, April 17, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Turners Falls is fast becoming the destination place for good food with bustling restaurants boasting a steady stream of customers. Kali B’s Wings and Things, the new all American wings and pub joint at 166 … 0

State bond bill has money for parking garage, rail service

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The state Senate gave its approval Thursday to a five-year, $13 billion transportation bond bill that includes money toward a new commuter rail service between Greenfield, Northampton and Springfield, as well as $5 million toward a new Greenfield parking garage and up to $300 million a year for … 0