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Greenfield splash park to open next year

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — It looks like children will have to wait until next spring or summer before they have a splash park to cool off in. Christy Moore, the town’s recreation director, said after a few delays, the town is ready to put the Hillside Park project out to bid, which means it won’t be ready this summer. The town received … 0

Ashfield to celebrate 200th birthday of its Town Hall

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

ASHFIELD — Ashfield’s Town Hall turns 200 this year and the town will be celebrating the unusual history of the former “New Meetinghouse,” and its … 0

Yankee Candle names new CEO

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Hope Margala has been named as the new chief executive officer of Yankee Candle Co. She enters the position after having served … 0

Lower Road in Deerfield closed

Monday, July 28, 2014

DEERFIELD — Motorists using Lower Road will have to find another route as the state Department of Transportation demolishes part of the Interstate 91 bridge that crosses over the local road in West Deerfield near the Greenfield town line. The road will be closed at the Interstate 91 … 0

‘The Judge’ will open Toronto Film Festival

Monday, July 28, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The movie filmed primarily in Shelburne Falls last summer — “The Judge” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall — has been selected for the opening night film of the Toronto International Film Festival, which … 0

Berkshire Gas warns about phone scam

Monday, July 28, 2014

Several Berkshire Gas business customers have recently reported receiving fraudulent telephone calls seeking immediate payment of their Berkshire Gas accounts, by credit card, over the telephone, the utility has reported. The caller claims that the account is overdue and requires immediate payment. Several of the fraudulent calls have … 0

Heath ‘Clean Sweep’ day set for Aug. 9

Monday, July 28, 2014

HEATH — The Heath Board of Health is planning to hold a “Clean Sweep” bulky waste collection on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The drop-off site is the Heath Transfer Station. All Heath property owners may bring a wide range of items that are … 0

Ashfield’s Bullitt Reservation open to all

Sunday, July 27, 2014

ASHFIELD — Don’t stay off the grass and feel free to pick the flowers, or the tomatoes: the Bullitt Reservation is anyone’s backyard. Formerly part of a U.S. ambassador’s summer retreat from international politics, Bullitt Reservation covers 262 … 0

First Great River Challenge Off-Road Triathlon set for Sept. 28

Sunday, July 27, 2014

NORTHFIELD — What do you get when you combine kayaks and canoes, mountain bikes and running shoes with the local landscape? The first Great River Challenge Off-Road Triathlon. The race, which will be held Sept. 28, has been … 0

Hospital kitchen among green changes

Sunday, July 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — This August, a trailer will temporarily take the place of the kitchen at Baystate Franklin Medical Center as the Greenfield hospital moves toward decreasing its energy footprint. For a total $450,000, the hospital is replacing its … 0

Upper Valley Music Festival relaxed in return to Greenfield

Sunday, July 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Upper Valley Music Festival spread out around the Town Common and the main intersection Saturday, fitting easily back into Greenfield after two years in neighboring Turners Falls. The festival stages multiple performers in multiple venues … 0

Fly for fun and feed the hungry

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Aviation has long had a place in food aid, with airplanes and helicopters dropping supplies into remote or cut-off areas following disasters and in the midst of war. Smaller aircraft — much smaller aircraft — will get in … 0

Deerfield’s year without a town administrator

Sunday, July 27, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — It has been one full year since the town has had a permanent full-time town administrator. And, despite changes to the job description, searches and public interviews, the Board of Selectmen is still trying to decide how much authority the top manager in town should … 0