Summer reading program helps children turn the page

Sunday, August 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — For elementary school students, summer is a time of endless diversions — and of forgetting how to read. School has been out since June, but on Wednesday, teachers marshaled students through the halls of Four Corners. Wednesday was the second-to-last day of school for the 70 Greenfield elementary students enrolled in the four-week Title 1 Summer Reading Academy. … 0

Parent-Child Center restructuring in works

Sunday, August 2, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Community Action, an organization that provides resources and services to people in Franklin and Hampshire counties and the North Quabbin region, announced … 0

Different pipeline meeting, same concerns

Sunday, August 2, 2015

When the state Energy Facilities Siting Board conducts one of its four public meetings Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Greenfield on the proposed Tennessee Gas … 0

Cows, calves put on a show for 4-H

Sunday, August 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — The livestock section of the Franklin County Fairgrounds was busy during the weekend, with 110 cows and calves in the stalls and 58 competitors bunking down in the exhibit buildings for a Massachusetts State 4-H Dairy … 0

In Turners Falls, Pocumtuck Homelands Festival connects younger generations with ancient traditions, ethics

Saturday, August 1, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The thump of handmade drums, the whistle of a wooden flute and the chants of Native American singers could be heard throughout the second annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival at Unity Park Saturday. Dressed in traditional … 0

Reporter takes a swing on the flying trapeze

Sunday, August 2, 2015

CHARLEMONT — “You’re a dancer. I think you’ll be great at this.” That’s what my editor, Sam Wood, told me on Tuesday, encouraging me to take a flying trapeze workshop during the second annual Hilltown Youth Theater Summer … 0

Mixing of drain cleaners prompts evacuation of ambulance dispatch center

Sunday, August 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — A chemical spill prompted Greenfield Fire Department to respond to MedCare Emergency Health at 338 High St. According to Capt. Clark Seaman, someone poured drain cleaner into the pipes on Saturday, unaware that the night before someone else used a different type of drain cleaner. The … 0

Climate models disagree on strength of carbon land sink across Northern Eurasia

Sunday, August 2, 2015

AMHERST — In a new assessment of nine state-of-the-art climate model simulations provided by major international modeling centers, Michael Rawlins at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and colleagues found broad disagreement in the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide … 0

UMass to take part in first institute on open textbooks

Sunday, August 2, 2015

AMHERST — Using open textbooks can save students hundreds of dollars per semester. Making faculty aware that they are an option, though, remains a challenge, which is why UMass Amherst will be represented at the first meeting of the Open Textbook Network (OTN) from Wednesday to Friday, hosted … 0

Concerned citizens to stand every week against project

Friday, July 31, 2015

NORTHFIELD — “Blockadia” is the term Gulf Road resident Judy Wolter used to describe the protesters who come every week to stand on Jere Nelson’s property, where Kinder Morgan’s 41,000-horsepower gas pipeline compressor station is slated to sit. … 0

Berkshire Gas owner buys 2.5% interest in pipeline

Friday, July 31, 2015

UIL Holdings Corp, owner of Berkshire Gas Co., has announced that it will invest in the Northeast Energy Direct project that would provide natural gas for its customers. UIL announced its investment this week in development of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline proposed, which would cross eight Franklin County … 1

Statewide arts funding increases

Friday, July 31, 2015

GREENFIELD — For the past six months, state Gov. Charlie Baker has tried cutting statewide arts funding. On Wednesday, the House and Senate overrode his veto and actually increased the 2016 fiscal year arts budget by about 20 percent, or $2.3 million. In total, $14.16 million will be … 0

How many more?

Friday, July 31, 2015

Until recently, Bill Cosby was Shelburne’s most famous resident for reasons that he could be proud of. Now, the television star’s name is prominent again for another reason: a growing number of women have come forward since last … 0