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Read Across America Day

Monday, March 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — “You don’t need a fancy office. That’s what’s great about being an author. You just need a paper and pencil,” said Natasha Lowe, a popular children’s book author, to a roomful of Newton School students. Lowe, author of the “Power of Poppy Pendle,” series was among six renowned local children’s book authors to read to students and parents … 0

Entergy still tight-lipped on Vt. Yankee emergency plan

Monday, March 2, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The Vermont Yankee site vice president refused to answer questions last week about Entergy Nuclear’s plan to sharply reduce the emergency planning … 0

New scholarship for LGBTQI students, allies

Monday, March 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — The PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Franklin Hampshire Chapter has announced a new scholarship for graduating seniors in Franklin … 0

Tech School toothbrushes to help spread smiles in Ghana. Turners woman returns for sixth dental aid trip

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Dental hygienist Heather Lonergan has made a habit of spending her vacations spreading dental health in Ghana, and this year she will go armed with toothbrushes collected by the students and staff of Franklin County … 0

Advanced manufacturing a potential strength for western Mass.

Friday, February 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — Rick Sullivan’s bullishness about the Western Massachusetts economy’s potential should come as little surprise, since he’s the president and chief executive officer of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. But as a recent top-level official in Deval Patrick’s administration – first as Conservation and Recreation … 0

Mohawk puts free preschool in $18.3 million budget plan

Friday, February 27, 2015

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee has adopted an $18,364,099 budget for the coming year, a budget that represents a 3.6 percent increase from this year’s budget. However, level-funded education and transportation aid from the state, despite rising costs, mean that Mohawk’s eight member towns … 0

Dairy farm methane digester back on track

Friday, February 27, 2015

DEERFIELD — The 500 cows there don’t know it yet, but Bar-Way Farm is on the moo-ve. After six years of trying, and more than a year after farmer Peter Melnick had given up on the project, he’s … 0

Orange farm owner finalist in General Mills baking contest

Friday, February 27, 2015

ORANGE — Have you ever come across one of those recipes in an old cookbook that becomes a staple of your own culinary repertoire? Diane “DeDe” Johnson, the owner of Johnson Family Farm and sugarhouse, found one that’s … 0

Potee, a leader in fight against opioid addiction, named doctor of the year

Friday, February 27, 2015

Dr. Ruth Potee of Northfield, a leader in the fight against heroin addiction in Franklin County, has been honored by her peers as the Franklin District Medical Society’s 2015 Community Clinician of the Year. The honor recognizes her … 0

Greenfield big box headed back to court

Friday, February 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — A discount department store developer is no closer to building on French King Highway, despite a tactical victory Friday in the state Appeals Court. It could be years before there’s a final decision in the case, if further appeals are granted or another court decides to … 1

Diane Johnson’s Yogurt Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

Friday, February 27, 2015

Mix: 7 cups of General Mills commercial Coffee Cake Mix 32 ounces of Yoplait Low-fat Yogurt Chocolate Chips Streussel topping, inside and sprinkle on top Bake in an Angel Food Cake pan at 375 degrees for 47 minutes … 0

Northampton gallery owner Richard Michelson remembers Nimoy

Friday, February 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — While many remember Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock on “Star Trek,” Richard Michelson had a more personal relationship with the actor and artist. “We met 15 years ago,” Michelson said Friday. “He became a father figure to me.” Nimoy died Friday at his home in the … 0

Historic Deerfield’s new associate curator a period furniture expert

Friday, February 27, 2015

DEERFIELD — Christine Ritok, a New York decorative art and furniture expert, has joined Historic Deerfield as the staff’s newest associate curator. Ritok will be responsible for managing, studying and interpreting the museum’s extensive collection of period furniture, … 0