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Greenfield splash park to open next year

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — It looks like children will have to wait until next spring or summer before they have a splash park to cool off in. Christy Moore, the town’s recreation director, said after a few delays, the town is ready to put the Hillside Park project out to bid, which means it won’t be ready this summer. The town received … 0

Ashfield to celebrate 200th birthday of its Town Hall

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

ASHFIELD — Ashfield’s Town Hall turns 200 this year and the town will be celebrating the unusual history of the former “New Meetinghouse,” and its … 0

Yankee Candle names new CEO

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Hope Margala has been named as the new chief executive officer of Yankee Candle Co. She enters the position after having served … 0

Paying for the pipeline

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. and its parent, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, may have had a chance last week to convince 300 attendees at a Franklin Regional Council of Governments meeting why its nearly 300-mile pipeline project is needed, but this week, a nationally syndicated radio program is painting … 0

Historic Deerfield seeks volunteers for Free Fun Friday event on Aug. 15

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

DEERFIELD — Historic Deerfield is looking for additional volunteers to help run its Free Fun Friday event on Aug. 15. The event is being held in collaboration with the Highland Street Foundation, a Newton-based organization that works to … 0

UMass farm showcases field rotation, solar innovations, bee research

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Pigs and bumblebees were there, as were biochar, solar collectors and energy-saving coolers. Agricultural field day at the University of Massachusetts Crop and Animal Research Farm is an annual chance for farmers to see the … 0

In 10 years, Belly Bus Food Drive collected 17 tons

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — It’s that time of year again — the time to enjoy summer swims and refreshing creamies, but also the time when some children and families start to worry where their next meal will come from. For 10 years, the Franklin County Hunger Task Force, a subcommittee … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Charlemont seeks hazard plan comments CHARLEMONT — The town’s Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee, and the regional planning department has updated the town’s hazard mitigation plan. Once the updated plan is approved by Federal Emergency Management Administration and adopted by the town, Charlemont will be eligible for state and … 0

Wheeling for Healing

Monday, July 28, 2014

GREENFIELD — Last summer, Sue Cohen of East Longmeadow cycled 50 miles throughout Greenfield to support her older sister who was stricken with lung cancer and getting treatment at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. This summer, the avid cyclist … 0

Heavy rain, wind sweep through Franklin County

Monday, July 28, 2014

In Franklin County, emergency departments reported little damage from the first heavy rain storm of the day, around 7 a.m., but a second storm that flashed through the county in the mid-afternoon was less gentle. Police, firefighters, highway … 0

Erving selectmen’s chairman resigned

Monday, July 28, 2014

ERVING — The chairman of the Erving Board of Selectmen resigned late last week, days after a tense meeting with a town employee and more than a year of occasionally controversial firings. Eugene Klepadlo was first elected to the three-person executive board in 2010, winning a three-way race … 0

Pipeline walk to end with Statehouse rally

Monday, July 28, 2014

With a couple of days to rest after their statewide “rolling march” to fight the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. proposal, opponents are gearing up for a Boston rally in front of the Statehouse, where they plan to present two sets of petitions to lawmakers. The timing, Wednesday from … 0

Do you have health insurance?

Monday, July 28, 2014

GREENFIELD — Despite an initial rollout of the state Health Connector under the Affordable Care Act that was marked by glitches and setbacks, the process of enrolling people in health insurance is slowly but surely improving, according to … 0