Iron Bridge to be repaved

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The iconic Iron Bridge is not just the main artery between Shelburne and Buckland, it’s also the only winter walkway connecting both sides of the village. Besides its role in traffic, the Iron Bridge is the parade route of choice for every holiday parade. Thousands of runners in the Bridge of Flowers Road Race cross it to … 0

Mayor to give each precinct money for projects

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Each of the town’s nine precincts will soon get a boost if Town Council accepts an offer by the mayor of $130,000 from … 0

Question 3 asks voters to weigh in on casino decision

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Place your bets: Will casinos in Massachusetts win money for cities and towns, or will they cost local aid through lost lottery revenue, as ballot … 0

Virtual School faces probation

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — After 15 months as an independent school, Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is facing probation due to poor academic performance and governance issues. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is scheduled today to vote whether to accept state Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester’s recommended 20-month … 0

Greenfield re-establishes its Youth Commission

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — Mayor William Martin said he would like to see the town’s newly re-established Youth Commission work with agencies in the area to determine what the town should be offering its youth and what others are doing for them so services are not duplicated. “I’ll be working … 0

‘Brookie’ abode renamed River Works Park

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — The new Deerfield Street mini-park where “Brookie,” the 10-foot-long fish sculpture made of stainless-steel cutlery, stands will now be called River Works Park. Mayor William Martin, the Greening Gateway Sculpture Committee and Town Council have agreed … 0

Montague Health Department to fine overflowing dumpsters

Monday, October 20, 2014

MONTAGUE — Exasperated with a small number of landlords leaving business and apartment dumpsters to overflow with refuse, the town Health Department will begin charging $50 per offense. “As usual, it’s really a handful of town property owners that just let their dumpsters go wild,” Health Department Director … 0

Ashfield-Buckland-Plainfield file Solarize Mass grant

Monday, October 20, 2014

With 133 households interested in installing solar-electric systems on their homes, the newly formed Ashfield-Buckland-Plainfield consortium has applied for a “Solarize Mass” grant that would cut the cost of electricity-producing solar panels by up to 20 percent below the statewide average. If the consortium’s application is among the … 0

How are local EMTs preparing for Ebola?

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — While hospitals and emergency rooms have been preparing for potential Ebola cases where they are likely first to appear, emergency medical technicians are also prepping as the frontline healthcare workers out in the field. The Western Massachusetts Emergency Medical Services Inc. has advised local EMS services … 0

Liquor licenses, eminent domain, building savings funds, zoning bylaws on Montague Special Town Meeting agenda

Monday, October 20, 2014

MONTAGUE — A special town meeting at the end of the month will decide whether to petition the Legislature for two additional liquor licenses for potential restaurants in Millers Falls and Montague Center. The first liquor license article would seek creation of an on-premises, all-alcohol liquor license to … 0

Andrews, Whipps Lee talk jobs, pipeline, hunting in debate

Sunday, October 19, 2014

ERVING — Jobs and economic development in the North Quabbin region dominated a debate between Rep. Denise Andrews, the 2nd Franklin District’s incumbent Democrat, and her challenger, Republican Susannah Whipps Lee Saturday evening. The debate, which was moderated … 1

For this walk, it’s personal

Sunday, October 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — More than a hundred walkers formed a bright pink ribbon in an otherwise chilled and gray downtown Sunday for the sixth annual Rays of Hope breast cancer walk. Survivors of the disease were well represented in … 0

Pumpkins prove popular

Sunday, October 19, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Oh, the pumpkin — that glorious gourd. In both cuisine and the arts, its uses are legion in number and there was certainly no shortage of examples of them at Saturday’s Franklin County Pumpkinfest in … 0