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Orange stores hold blackout protest of electric rates

Thursday, December 18, 2014

ORANGE — A recent hike in electricity rates caused two local businesses to turn out the lights Thursday. They’re not out of business, though — in fact, there were more customers in the Millers River Cafe and Trail Head Outfitters than usual. They were there to protest a recent rate hike by National Grid, a major electricity provider in 12 … 0

Residents vexed by hype over Cosby allegations

Thursday, December 18, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Sawyer News Co., with its spread of local and national newspapers and racks of magazines, has always been the place to go … 0

Police: Bathroom bandit busted

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — An Athol man accused of robbing someone at knifepoint in a local bar’s bathroom was arrested in Winchendon early Thursday morning. Jason Comeau, … 0

Neighbors: Take advantage of technology, but don’t let it rule you

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. I just wanted to finish what I started on Tuesday, if you don’t mind. I seem to be on my soapbox this week, so please bear with me. I guess I’m just filled with the joy of the season and want to share it with you. … 0

US-Cuba thaw affirms McGovern’s advocacy

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Congressman James P. McGovern, long an advocate of improved U.S.-Cuba relations, got a front-row seat Wednesday to the event he said made increased diplomacy possible — the return of American prisoner Alan Gross from Cuba. The Worcester Democrat, … 0

Montague trash holiday changes

Thursday, December 18, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The town’s trash and recycling pickup schedule will change over the next two weeks because of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. There will be no changes on Tuesday or Wednesday, but the normal Thursday pickup will be moved to Friday, and Friday pickup will … 0

Mayor: ‘it’s overwhelming’

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — While Mayor William Martin said he has nothing but empathy for the homeless families living in two of Greenfield’s hotels, he has to worry about how their presence might be affecting the people around them, especially … 0

Hotels-turned-shelters reap millions from state

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Taxpayer-funded payments to two Greenfield hotels housing some of the state’s homeless families have totaled more than $3 million since 2009. The Days Inn at 21 Colrain Road has received $2,136,826, while the Quality Inn on … 0

Season of giving close to heart of Franklin County

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Across Franklin County, food pantry shelves have been going bare, families are burning through their fuel aid already and the homeless are filling shelters. But despite the increasing need, Franklin County residents are working hard to … 0

Get a look inside the 2nd Congregational Church steeple

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Second Congregational Church, located on the Common in Greenfield, is planning a fund drive next year to raise money to repair its steeple, as well as make other improvements to the 144-year-old church. This clock face shows … 0

Orange wants Rodney Hunt tax break money

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

ORANGE — Town officials plan to “claw back” tax breaks granted Rodney Hunt Co. for 2013 and 2014 now that the state has decided the company defaulted on a jobs-for-tax-break agreement. “There is language in the Special Tax Agreement that will allow us to do that,” Town Administrator … 0

Warwick to decide $2.5M fiber-optic borrowing

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WARWICK — If the town-run wireless Internet company is any indicator, a proposed $2.5 million fiber-optic network could start paying for itself right away. The project would make a high-speed Internet hookup available to every residence and business in town. The work is part of the WiredWest initiative … 0

Council OKs request for liquor license for new restaurant

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Town Council voted Wednesday to request another all-alcohol license from the state to make way for a new chicken wings restaurant. If the state grants that request, the owner of the Hangar Pub and Grill on University Drive in Amherst said he will be opening a … 0