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The area known as White Ash Swamp, in the lower left side of the photo, is part of the original Mackin property that is slated for development of a big box store along the French King Highway in Greenfield. White Ash Swamp is believed by some to be a reburial site for Native American remains.

Court: Big box abutters have choice of venue for appeal

Thursday, February 11, 2016

GREENFIELD — The Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday that neighbors who are fighting a planned 135,000-square-foot big box store on the French King Highway have the right to request another venue for their appeal — either Land Court or Superior Court. Albert Norman, the Greenfield man known nationally as a “sprawl-buster” who has been representing abutters since 2007 when the … 0

Greenfield supt. seeks $700,000 budget hike

Thursday, February 11, 2016

GREENFIELD — No positions are expected to be cut under the Greenfield School Department’s current $18.2 million superintendent’s draft budget, which the budget subcommittee approved … 0

Leverett broadband setup wins innovation award

Thursday, February 11, 2016

LEVERETT — With its 1-gigabit-per-second fiber-optic LeverettNet up and running as other towns struggle to build their last-mile connections, Leverett has received recognition from the … 0

Gill voter sign-up deadline today

Thursday, February 11, 2016

GILL — The deadline to register to vote at the Feb. 22 special town meeting is today. There will be special registration hours from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. at the Town Hall, 325 Main Road, even though the Town Hall is usually closed … 0

A new online store that is a mash-up of Amazon and Whole Foods

Thursday, February 11, 2016

PHILADELPHIA - Sam Wolf, 34, is founder and “chief wellness spreader” of LuckyVitamin in suburban Philadelphia. The third-generation family business started as a pharmacy, then became a health-foods store and now is a leading online retailer offering almost 37,000 products. The company has 200 employees and nearly $100 … 0

Franklin County Land Transfers, week of 2/10/16

Thursday, February 11, 2016

ASHFIELD Little Switzerland Trust, Norman S. Walker, Trustee, to Anne Helene Walker Matviak, of New Canaan, Ct., Alan Stewart Walker, of Norwalk, Ct., Bryce S. Walker, of New York, N. Y., Daphne Walker, of London, Ila, United Kingdom, Eliza Sullivan Walker, of New Orleans, La., Norman Stewart Walker, … 0

Greenfield School Committee approves central office move to middle school

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

GREENFIELD — Greenfield’s School Department will proceed with a plan to move the central administrative offices to the Greenfield Middle School on Federal Street. The committee voted unanimously Wednesday night to support the plan, which would involve renovating … 0

Atlantic Furniture to set up shop in Deerfield Industrial Park

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Vacant for about four years, a 277,000-square-foot factory building at Deerfield Industrial Park has a new occupant. Deerfield Industrial LLC, which is owned by Mark Valone, purchased the building for $1,916,250 at auction and will rent the space to Atlantic Furniture, which is owned by … 0

Mary Anne Marsh —political pundit and GHS grad — shares her take on the ‘craziest’ election race she’s seen

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Expect a “slugfest through the spring and possibly the early summer.” That’s the word, at least, from Mary Anne Marsh, the Greenfield-raised political pundit reporting on “the greatest election of my lifetime, and the craziest I’ve seen,” following … 0

SJC gives neighbors fighting planned big box store right to request another venue for appeal

Thursday, February 11, 2016

GREENFIELD — The Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday that neighbors who are fighting a planned 135,000-square-foot big box store on the French King Highway have the right to request another venue for their appeal — either Land Court or Superior Court. Albert Norman, the Greenfield man known nationally … 0

No foul play suspected as body found near river in Colrain

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

COLRAIN — Police say no foul play is suspected in the case of a body that was found by the bank of a river on Jacksonville Road Wednesday night. On a residential, wooded area behind a single-family house, … 0

Public weighs in on senior center sustainability, use, design

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

GREENFIELD — When it comes to the town’s new senior center, sustainability, potential use by youth and the community, and the physical design of the new building are on the minds of the public. About 30 residents of … 0

What does it take to build a new library? Erving, Greenfield, other towns look to Athol’s shiny new example

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

When Athol’s public library took shape in 1918 it was built on land given by local businessman Laroy Starrett and with money donated by industrialist and noted library philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, but behind that were decades of negotiations … 0