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Town spends $100,000 more than it budgeted for snow and ice; DPW crews begin spring cleanup

Thursday, March 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town spent about $100,000 more than it budgeted for snow and ice this year. For the past four years, the town has budgeted $200,000 for snow and ice. This year, it spent between $297,000 and $299,000, according to Department of Public Works Director Donald Ouellette. He said considering the rough winter, which brought a lot of snow … 0

Former Erving police sergeant says he wants $250K because he was unjustly forced to resign

Thursday, March 26, 2015

ERVING — A former police sergeant is seeking $250,000 from the town, claiming he was unjustly forced to resign. Corey Greene resigned from the Erving … 0

Towns question Frontier budget reversal

Thursday, March 26, 2015

SUNDERLAND — The Frontier Regional School Committee’s decision to reinstate funding for six positions and raise its budget by about 2 percent may not stand … 0

Northfield wary of “windfall” pitched by pipeline company

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Town officials have warned residents not to be lured by pipeline proponents’ promises of easy money. The Kinder Morgan Co. told the town it could receive millions in annual tax revenue if its planned pipeline and 80,000-horsepower compressor station are built in town. “Kinder Morgan has … 0

Committee OKs moving Greenfield 4th grades to elementary schools

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — Local third-graders will get to stay in their elementary schools next year instead of moving to Greenfield Middle School. The School Committee approved the change in a 4-3 vote Wednesday. The vote eked by because of problems that may make it impossible for one elementary school … 0

New spot by bridge offers Mexican fare in Shelburne Falls

Thursday, March 26, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Shelburne Falls has Bridge Street, the Iron Bridge and the Bridge of Flowers. Now it has a new little eatery near all these bridges. “Ponte” is Spanish for “bridge,” and Ponte Restaurante , set up … 0

Lesser promoted to corporate director of quality and patient safety at Valley Health Systems

Thursday, March 26, 2015

HOLYOKE — Spiros Hatiras, president and CEO of Valley Health Systems and Holyoke Medical Center, has announced the promotion of Tina Lesser to corporate director of quality and patient safety for Valley Health Systems, the parent company of … 0

Plants in peril: Climate change report has 22% of our native plant species listed as rare, endangered

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New England’s native plants are in trouble, according to a new report released today that’s described as the most comprehensive assessment of its kind ever assembled. The “State of the Plants” report by the Framingham-based New England Wild … 0

Abutters of French King Highway project file appeal

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — The lawyer representing seven abutters of the big box department store planned for French King Highway has filed another appeal, and said he is willing to keep filing until all avenues have been explored. Thomas Lesser of Lesser, Newman and Nasser in Northampton said he filed … 0

National Grid to cut electric rates

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Valley home and business owners can expect some relief from high electric bills this spring. On Monday, National Grid announced that, pending Department of Public Utilities approval, the cost of power is expected to drop from the current rate of more than 16 cents per kilowatt-hour to just … 0

Architect lays out 4 options for new Gill-Montague senior center

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The architect hired to look at locations for a possible new senior center laid out those options Tuesday evening and gave an idea of what the new center might hold, including dedicated classroom and exercise … 0

Mayor hires part-time economic development director

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town has a new economic development director who will work part time for the next three months. Mayor William Martin said Larry Jutras, owner of Lake Hitchcock Development in Sunderland, has taken the position and will work on six projects, including the former Bendix-Repal property … 0

Second candidate runs for Conway Selectboard

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CONWAY — A second candidate has entered the race for a seat on Conway’s Selectboard: former selectman and long-time town police officer Christina Conklin. She will join Fire Chief Robert Baker on the ballot of the town’s annual elections, which will be held on May 14. The two … 0