Peru and back again

Monday, September 15, 2014

NORTHFIELD — With the start of the school year comes the swapping of summer vacation stories, and the tales of a dozen Pioneer Valley Regional School students likely top those of their classmates. In July, the students packed their bags, grabbed their passports, and left everything they knew behind as they headed to Peru for a three-week trip. They took … 0

Shelter from the harm

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — By January 2015, victims of child abuse and sexual assault in Franklin County will have a safe and comfortable place to report the … 0

Greenfield adds extra school bus

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — With more students riding the bus to school this year, the school department is adding an extra bus to its line to cut … 0

UMass Amherst gets $1M to help veterans enter nursing workforce

Sunday, September 14, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing has received a three-year, $1 million federal grant to implement “Heroes into Health Care: Veterans Entering the Nursing Workforce,” a program designed to increase the number and percentage of ethnic minority and disadvantaged veterans who successfully complete a … 0

‘Old’ 78 festival turns five

Sunday, September 14, 2014

WARWICK — A Saturday shindig will likely be the biggest backyard barbecue Warwick’s seen all year — and you’re invited. The Old 78 Farm Fall Festival is not a festival celebrating farms. It’s also not old. It’s not … 0

Schools offer curriculum to help resist drugs, risks

Sunday, September 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — Through a new curriculum, middle school students throughout Franklin County will learn how to handle critical life skills from conflict resolution to anger management to coping with anxiety. On Sept. 22, 20 teachers from 10 area school districts will be trained to deliver the Botvin LifeSkills … 0

Sweet lessons at honey festival

Sunday, September 14, 2014

DEERFIELD — At most outdoor gatherings, close encounters with bees are generally considered something to be avoided. But at Deerfield’s Warm Colors Apiary this weekend, that notion was turned on its head. The apiary was abuzz with beekeeping … 0

Close call for Deerfield garage fire

Sunday, September 14, 2014

DEERFIELD — A fire Saturday afternoon at 15 Kelleher Drive left a room off the garage uninhabitable but hurt no one. South Deerfield Fire Chief William Swasey said the first engine on scene extinguished the fire, which firefighters and the Massachusetts Fire Marshal’s office determined to be the … 0

Will $150K be enough to save Mahar dam?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

ORANGE — Will available funding be enough to save Mahar dam? That is the question for discussion at the next Mahar School Committee Finance and Facilities meeting slated for 2 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the school. The … 0

Montague senior center planners hired

Sunday, September 14, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Montague has hired the firm Catlin and Petrovick Architects for the planning study to lay the grounds for a new senior center. The Montague Board of Selectmen approved Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority Community Development Director MJ Adams’s recommendation to hire the firm … 0

Colrain road closures, paving starts Tuesday

Sunday, September 14, 2014

COLRAIN — The town Highway Department will be repaving several roads starting Tuesday. These roads will be temporarily closed while the work takes place. Paving hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., so residents should plan accordingly. Here are the scheduled closings: ∎  Jacksonville Road, one-way traffic on … 0

Charlemont-Hawley Cultural Council deadline

Sunday, September 14, 2014

CHARLEMONT — The Charlemont-Hawley Cultural Council is now accepting grant applications for the 2015 fiscal year. Applications may be submitted by individuals, schools, and/or cultural organizations. Cultural programs include such events as concerts, festivals, lectures, theater, dance, and film. The Council gets so many applications that its members … 0

Greenfield youth makes Eagle Scout cleaning up Energy Park

Friday, September 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — Eighteen-year-old Daniel Burgos will reach another milestone in his life on Sunday — one he’s been working toward for 11 years. Burgos, who actually became an Eagle Scout on July 7, will be officially recognized by … 0