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‘That was insane’

Sunday, July 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Some were expecting a bigger bang than in years past, others were surprised to hear past shows weren’t what they were supposed to be. But everyone wanted to see fireworks Sunday in Greenfield. “It’s supposed to be the best ever, we’ll see,” said 42-year Beacon Street resident Carla Bernier before the show, waiting for the fireworks on her … 0

Civil War troops mark holiday

Sunday, July 5, 2015

DEERFIELD — The pungent, sour smell of gunpowder filled the air Saturday during a nine-point salute demonstration on how to load and fire an 1861 … 0

Leukemia puts 4-year-old, family on roller coaster

Sunday, July 5, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Quiet, well-behaved Indira Wiles looks and acts like a normal 4-year-old on a good day, but if her fever hits 100.4 or … 0

This Chesbro Challenger swings a mean crutch

Sunday, July 5, 2015

CONWAY — Attempting to play baseball without the proper equipment is a challenge in itself, but players were thrown a curve ball from the sky as it rained throughout most of the day. During the third annual Chesbro … 0

United Arc plans to build two, instead of three, duplexes on Summer Street

Sunday, July 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — The local agency that has been serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for more than six decades has decided to build two duplexes, instead of three, on property it owns on Summer Street. The United … 0

Playground named for late children’s advocate

Sunday, July 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Noel Russell was the kind of person who put others before herself. After being diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 23, she kept working with children at a school in West Springfield as a … 0

‘Rides for Health’ seeks volunteer drivers

Sunday, July 5, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Home Care Corporation seeks volunteers for Rides for Health, a relatively new program that addresses an unmet need for elders in our community: transportation to and from medical and health care-related venues, such as an appointment with a specialist at Baystate Medical Center … 0

UMass climate report addresses regional species at risk

Sunday, July 5, 2015

AMHERST — State fish and wildlife agencies across the Northeast and Midwest are now updating their 10-year state wildlife action plans, and climate change is a bigger concern than ever before. To help them gauge what’s ahead, scientists at the Northeast Climate Science Center (NECSC) at the University … 0

Charlemont 250th events continue

Sunday, July 5, 2015

CHARLEMONT — In conjunction with the ongoing Charlemont 250th anniversary celebrations, a special Scavenger Hunt Contest has started and new teams are welcome to join. Teams of three or more (at least two need to be current Charlemont … 0

Wheel appeal: Group wants state to kick bicycle tourism into a high gear

Friday, July 3, 2015

Franklin County’s back roads are on a roll. In Sunderland, Montague and Whately, in Shelburne, Conway and Deerfield, chances are you may be seeing more bicyclists on byways, in groups or in ones or twos, wending their way … 0

Saying goodbye: Ed Porter to retire after nearly 40 years at United ARC

Friday, July 3, 2015

When Ed Porter, fresh out of a Springfield College graduate program in outdoor education and about to become a father for the first time, arrived in 1976 to head what was then the Association for Retarded Citizens of … 0

Greenfield needs volunteers to help plan new library

Friday, July 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s library is ready to form a building committee that will take it through construction of a new library. Greenfield Public Library Director Ellen Boyer said the committee will serve both as a conduit for … 0

In search of a great set of pipes: Organ enthusiasts tour western Massachusetts

Friday, July 3, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Drivers passing by the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church on Friday probably wondered why two green charter buses were parked out front. Every year, members of the Organ Historical Society travel to a city touring sites … 0