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Weldon residents to be without an elevator

Friday, July 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — Residents of the 109-year-old Weldon House on High Street will have to take the stairs to their upper-floor apartments for the next six to eight weeks while the owner replaces the only elevator in the concrete building. Richard Henken, president of Schochet Companies, which owns the Weldon and owns or manages about 6,400 other apartments, said the company … 0

Leyden Rifle Club wants to ‘take cover’

Friday, July 25, 2014

LEYDEN — The Leyden Rifle Club is once again taking aim at a permit to put a roof over its firing line. “We’re going to … 0

Questions remain after COG pipeline meeting

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Planning Board, along with the nearly 300 people attending their meeting Thursday, got to pose a series … 0

Rowe fire chief to resign after ‘scrutiny’

Thursday, July 24, 2014

ROWE — Citing lack of support from selectmen, Fire Chief Paul McLatchy Jr. has resigned after nearly three decades with the fire department and several months of wrangling with the Board of Selectmen on how the Fire Department is run. “No other official in town has had such … 0

Tribal twist to annual block party in Turners

Thursday, July 24, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Joining the eighth annual Turners Falls Block Party this year will be a reminder of a tradition of community gatherings dating back a little further. For unknown millennia into the area’s pre-history up until a couple of centuries ago, fish returning upstream to spawn drew … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor to raise money for animals

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. One of our younger neighbors, 11-year-old Miracle Leyro, is organizing a walk through the downtown Greenfield area this Saturday with a group of her friends. The youngsters plan to raise money for Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society. Miracle’s mother Diana Nunez told me that Miracle plans … 0

Turners Falls earns battlefield grant

Thursday, July 24, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — It has been 338 years and since the Great Falls on the Connecticut River between present-day Gill and Montague took a place in the bloody geography of King Philip’s War, and two years since the most recent effort to study the battle began. Unsuccessful last … 0

Hundreds attend regional pipeline presentation

Thursday, July 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — Nearly 300 people attended a joint Franklin Regional Council of Governments — Franklin Regional Planning Board meeting Thursday to review Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed project, which is planned to cross nine towns across the region on its route from Pennsylvania to Dracut. The boards presented … 0

Turners Falls man arrested on OUI charges, cops say he backed into cruiser

Thursday, July 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — A Turners Falls man was arrested on drunken driving and other charges after he backed his car into a parked cruiser, according to police. Dion W. Cadiz, 24, of 88 2nd St., was arrested Wednesday night on charges of operating under the influence of liquor, driving … 0

‘Fly-one’ on for Trout Unlimited this weekend

Thursday, July 24, 2014

CHARLEMONT — How many trout can you catch with just one type of fly? Last year, it was Brian Lynch and his “Olive Wooly Bugger” that won Trout Unlimited’s “One Fly Contest,” catching 30 trout in the Deerfield … 0

Camera theft mars former area man’s visit to old haunts

Thursday, July 24, 2014

After a decade reporting and photographing war, corruption and drug trades in some 50 countries, former foreign correspondent Dave Marcus never thought the Pioneer Valley would be where he would have an expensive camera stolen. “I learned a couple of valuable lessons,” said Marcus. No. 1: Back up … 0

Starrett pays EPA penalty

Thursday, July 24, 2014

ATHOL — Precision toolmaker L.S. Starrett is one of seven New England companies that have agreed to pay fines to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for violating federal laws meant to prevent oil spills. Starrett paid a $5,400 penalty to settle EPA claims that it did not have … 0

Food drive for area food bank at S. Deerfield church

Thursday, July 24, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In an effort to help school children access food during the summertime, the Holy Family Church in South Deerfield is holding a benefit for the Food Bank of Western Mass. The benefit helps kids who receive breakfast and lunch through the school during the school … 0