Williams sworn in as Greenfield’s deputy police chief Thursday

Thursday, August 28, 2014

GREENFIELD — Mark Williams became the town’s deputy police chief Thursday, after 15 years with the department. While he has been on countless calls since he joined the department, one early call stuck out in his mind and he gave the crowd at his swearing-in a detailed account. “On Nov. 28, 1999, I was a new full-time officer, with four … 0

Online matchmaker could serve farms, restaurants

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Getting food from local farms onto more local menus is an idea that’s been on everyone’s plate for a while. Farms and restaurants need a … 0

Conway residents take aim at safety, contents of pipeline

Thursday, August 28, 2014

CONWAY — The safety of the community and questions about the contents of natural gas that will flow through a proposed Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline … 0

Things looking up at Berkshire East

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Don’t be alarmed if you see a helicopter hoisting a galvanized steel tower above Mount Institute this morning; it’s just part of the latest additions to be made at Berkshire East. A new SkyTrac Quad Chairlift … 0

Permanent Turners Falls skateboarding park in the works, volunteers plan temporary fun

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — With a little grant luck and a lot of concrete, skateboarders could be rolling and jumping in a permanent skate park on the edge of Unity Park by next fall. In the meantime there’s not … 0

Clearing the lane

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — A group of local cyclists concerned with the heavily traveled but narrow Turners Falls Road will invite volunteers to join a cleanup Saturday. The newly formed Greenfield Area Bicycle Coalition invites volunteers to join them between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Volun-teers will clip back brush, … 0

Amherst-Pelham School Committee hit with Open Meeting complaint

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — An Amherst man has filed a complaint with the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee claiming members of the board violated the state’s Open Meeting Law when they met in defiance of then-chairman Lawrence O’Brien to discuss a controversial reprimand of committee member Amilcar Shabazz in July. In … 0

Avenue A bar Jake’s in Turners on sales block

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Jake’s is up for sale. If you haven’t been in, Jake’s Tavern is the low stone building with Christmas lights and a courtyard on Avenue A. If you have, you might have won a live lobster. The bar and restaurant holds Friday meat and lobster … 0

Greenfield oil spill results in lengthy cleanup

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — A trash collection truck spilled more than two dozen gallons of hydraulic fluid on the French King Highway Wednesday afternoon. According to a Greenfield Fire Department spokesman, a hydraulic line broke on a garbage truck from Triple T Trucking, spilling 28 to 30 gallons of hydraulic … 0

Greenfield’s Math and Science Academy grows, Franklin County schools emphasize STEM

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Since the Greenfield Math and Science Academy opened its doors five years ago, the speciality public school has quickly expanded, with 120 middle schools students packing the program to capacity this year. The academy is the most visible … 0

STEAM Education: Frontier integrates art into curriculum

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — While much of the recent push in education curriculum has been toward math, science and engineering, some schools continue to integrate arts and humanities into the classroom. At Frontier Regional School, teachers have been meeting since last spring to learn new ways to support the … 0

JM Farms sues state for nixing license

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A locally based nonprofit that wants to sell medical marijuana in Franklin County has sued the state for “arbitrarily and capriciously” rejecting its application. JM Farm’s Patient Group is suing the state Department of Public Health to halt the state medical marijuana selection process and … 0

Ashfield to vote on wireless Internet

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ASHFIELD — Despite a plea for the Selectboard to act immediately on an offer to provide wireless Internet for the town center, town voters instead will decide to accept or oppose Hilltown Network’s Wi-Fi service plan, using the … 0