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Elmer’s Store owner Nan Parati awarded for entrepreneurship by Franklin County Community Development Corp.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

ASHFIELD — Nan Parati never expected to buy Elmer’s Store when she first came to town for a visit in 2005 from New Orleans — where she also never expected to live for more than 25 years after visiting immediately after college. And she certainly never expected to be presented the annual Haas Entrepreneur of the Year award by the … 0

Erving eyes potential railroad crossing bill

Thursday, May 21, 2015

ERVING — A railroad crossing signal is giving drivers too much warning and Pan Am’s initial estimate to fix it, on the town dime, is … 1

DA’s office IDs couple found dead in Prospect St. apartment

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Northwestern District Attorney’s office has identified the couple found dead Wednesday in their 21 Prospect St. apartment as Margaret Pekkala, 53, and … 0

Neighbors: Go to a local parade and support our veterans Monday

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. It originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in that … 0

Two found dead Wednesday morning in Prospect Street home

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — Police on Wednesday were investigating two unexplained deaths on Prospect Street. They responded to an emergency call from 21 Prospect St. at 6:18 a.m., the caller reporting that her neighbor had knocked on her door and … 0

Retiree health care costs cast shadow, but most towns aren’t worried

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

DEERFIELD — Although the state government is on the hook for a potential $15 billion in the health insurance costs for its retirees over the next three decades, most of the towns in Franklin County aren’t particularly concerned … 0

Franklin County Memorial Day events

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ashfield The Memorial Day parade on Monday begins at 10 a.m. in front of Town Hall, proceeds to Plain Cemetery and to the Veterans Memorial and Civil War Memorial, then back to Town Hall. There will be featured … 0

Broadband, school repairs on Charlemont annual town meeting warrant Tuesday

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Annual town meeting voters will be asked to approve borrowing $1.75 million for the town’s WiredWest broadband fiber-optic network, to spend $94,652 for repairs and improvements to the Hawlemont Regional School building, and to use $88,089 … 0

Charlemont sees selectman’s contest Tuesday

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Selectman’s candidate Charles M. Ricko II believes the town isn’t fully using its valuable resource — the Deerfield River — to its fullest advantage in generating revenue and promoting the town as an “outdoor recreation capital.” “We have this wonderful river,” said Ricko. “How can we … 0

Erving may be on hook for railroad work

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

ERVING — Selectmen will hold a special meeting tonight in the wake of unwelcome news about a railroad crossing. William Bembury, chairman of the Erving Board of Selectmen, said the town received a letter last week from Pan Am Railways stating that the Federal Railroad Administration had cited … 0

Board rejects Vt.’s appeal on nuke plant emergency planning exemption

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Entergy Nuclear is an important step closer to the elimination of the 10-mile emergency planning zone around the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. In a decision released Monday, the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board … 0

Montague advocate makes case for 45-day absentee ballot requirement

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Local disability access advocate Betty Tegel this week asked the Board of Selectmen to establish a 45-day requirement for mailing of absentee ballots, saying she did not get hers until the Thursday before Monday’s town election. Selectmen agreed Tuesday to investigate and to put Tegel’s … 0

Hike into the Catamount Hills of Colrain

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

COLRAIN — On Saturday Muriel Russell of the Deerfield River Watershed Association will lead one of her popular hikes in the Catamount Hills. Weather permitting, this woodland walk will pass a vernal pool with hatching frogs, salamanders and toads, a larger pond and a running brook. The wild … 0