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UMass united: LGBTQ support rally draws 1,000+ while Westboro church sends 5 picketers

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

AMHERST — The Westboro Baptist Church’s anti-gay protest at the University of Massachusetts came and went quickly and without incident Wednesday, while a rally supporting the campus’ gay community drew over 1,000 people. The two events were sparked by UMass sophomore Derrick Gordon becoming the nation’s first openly gay men’s Division I college basketball player. Five protesters, including one child, … 0

Greenfield has second shot at Meadows Golf Course

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — It looks like the town will have another shot at purchasing the 80-year-old Meadows Golf Course on Deerfield Street. The Town Council gave … 0

Erving police sgt. resigns following suspension

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

ERVING — Sgt. Corey Greene has resigned from the police force, saying the town forced his hand by suspending him from work. “This is an … 0

Mohawk Ramblers building

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

MONTAGUE — If your familiarity with motorcycle clubs begins and ends with the Hell’s Angels or the TV show “Sons of Anarchy,” you might be surprised by a local club’s reputation. The Mohawk Ramblers sponsor a scholarship for … 0

Voters pick Ricketts, Wainstein

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — Penny Ricketts and Robert Wainstein will vie for the Precinct 5 seat in the town’s annual June election. Ricketts received 126 votes in Tuesday’s preliminary election, ensuring a spot on the June ballot, while Wainstein followed … 0

Turners Falls man found innocent in Orange shooting

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — After waiting more than 16 months to find out his fate, a Turners Falls man has been cleared of all charges in a 2012 shooting. Corey Sutton, 38, of Turners Falls, was found innocent of several … 0

"The Hungry Heart"

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — About 170 people gathered in the community college cafeteria on a rainy evening to listen to the problems of another Franklin County, Franklin County Vt., which it seems is in a very similar situation to this … 1

Lunt ball fields, factory

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — The town is waiting to hear whether its latest offer to purchase the portion of the former Lunt property that includes the ball fields and contaminated factory will be accepted. Mayor William Martin said that after … 0

UMass action shifts focus from protest to support for LGBT students

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

AMHERST — After a day rethinking their plans, University of Massachusetts students have decided to hold a demonstration in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students on campus Wednesday instead of at a public intersection where they had expected representatives of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church of … 0

Council likely to vote on property ordinance

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — It looks like Town Council will vote tonight on a proposed ordinance that would require all property owners to maintain their properties, at least to the point where they don’t abandon them and let them slip into disrepair, but wouldn’t have so many restrictions that it … 0

Shelburne to revisit bylaw for wind turbines

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SHELBURNE — It’s been two years since about 300 residents filled Memorial Hall Auditorium to deliberate windmill zoning at a time when the town was facing a proposal for a large-scale wind farm. Back then, voters banned commercial-scale wind farms from town by a 195-57 vote and voted … 0

Health district gets grant for free tick tests

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

With tick season now in full swing, Franklin County’s Cooperative Public Health Service has launched a free tick test for residents in its 10 member towns, with help from a state grant. The $111,300 Community Innovation Challenge grant will pay for residents of Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, … 0

Trolls, a bridge and goats

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Trolls, goats and downtown businesses have been enlisted for a fresh celebration of the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge reopening. The bridge reopened to two-way traffic in the fall, a help to those trying to get in … 0