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Lamson & Goodnow moving to Westfield; Property sold to Ashfield man

Friday, March 27, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — After 178 years in Shelburne Falls, Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co. will be moving to Westfield. Chief Operating Officer James Pelletier said that on Thursday he signed a lease, which takes effect on April 1. The lease was signed a day after 12.5 acres of Lamson’s 18-acre property and buildings were sold for $1.3 million to businessman … 0

Mayor tells inspectors to check all restaurant hoods for compliance by end of 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — Restaurant owners who know or suspect their kitchen hoods are not up to code or lack fire suppression systems would be wise to … 0

Berkshire Gas extends freeze to Sunderland

Friday, March 27, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Berkshire Gas Co. has expanded the moratorium on new customers to include Sunderland, citing constraints on the capacity of natural gas pipelines to … 2

House on Memorial Street in Old Deerfield nets $1.1 million, twice its assessed value

Friday, March 27, 2015

DEERFIELD — Another home has sold for more than $1 million in Old Deerfield. According to records from the Registry of Deeds, the property at 7 Memorial St., located across from the Memorial Hall Museum and Library, was recently sold by Linda McInerney to Freccia LLC, a Massachusetts … 0

New program aims to help people get treatment before they break the law

Friday, March 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — For those dealing with mental health or drug abuse issues, it’s easy to get into the court system, but hard to climb back out. A federal-grant-funded program hopes to keep Franklin County folks from getting lost in the system. Franklin County Register of Probate and member … 0

Weekly Town Meetings

Friday, March 27, 2015

Ashfield Historical Commission: Tuesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Recreation Commission: Sunday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Conservation Commission: Thursday … 0

The new stewards: New Recorder leadership team still dedicated to meeting challenges of making a quality newspaper

Thursday, March 26, 2015

After 35 years at The Recorder, George Forcier of Conway will become the newspaper’s editor on Monday, assuming control of news content of both the print and the digital editions of the 223-year-old news organization. He is replacing … 0

Electric bill hike has many factors

Thursday, March 26, 2015

This has been a hard winter for many, not only because of historically cold temperatures, but also because they’ve seen electric bills shoot through the roof. The heart of the problem is the generation rate, or supply rate, … 0

WiredWest forum in Leyden Saturday

Thursday, March 26, 2015

LEYDEN — Those wondering just what the WiredWest fiber-to-home Internet project will mean for their town — and their taxes — can have their questions answered Saturday. A townwide forum on the broadband project will be held at 10 a.m. in Town Hall. Leyden’s portion is estimated at … 0

GHS building committee to decide on composition of athletic fields

Thursday, March 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — As they study for their final classes this spring, students can see the beginnings of a new track and ball fields taking shape — the final touches of the new $66 million Greenfield High School. While the school building is expected to be completed in the … 0

Entergy called out on trust fund expenditures

Thursday, March 26, 2015

BRATTLEBORO — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has put Entergy Nuclear on notice that it doesn’t like corporate plans to use the Vermont Yankee decommissioning trust fund for several big­-ticket expenses. The two sides held a telephone meeting Monday to discuss Entergy’s post-shutdown decommissioning activities report, which includes the … 0

Dual early morning Athol raids net drugs, gun

Thursday, March 26, 2015

ATHOL — Two local men were arrested on drug charges in separate early morning raids. Juan Vega, 40, of 498 Cottage St., and Joshua Davoren, 26, of 21 Hamlet St., were both held without bail pending arraignments in … 0

Opioid Task Forces to hold meeting for volunteers Tuesday

Thursday, March 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Opioid Task Force is looking to harvest the talents of a broader volunteer base. The task force will be hosting a meeting Tuesday in Faith Baptist Church for interested volunteers. “We’ve had a lot of people contact the Task Force to just say, ‘I want … 0