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Wheel appeal: Group wants state to kick bicycle tourism into a high gear

Friday, July 3, 2015

Franklin County’s back roads are on a roll. In Sunderland, Montague and Whately, in Shelburne, Conway and Deerfield, chances are you may be seeing more bicyclists on byways, in groups or in ones or twos, wending their way along some of the backroads that attract cyclists not only from around the county, but from other parts of New England, the … 0

Saying goodbye: Ed Porter to retire after nearly 40 years at United ARC

Friday, July 3, 2015

When Ed Porter, fresh out of a Springfield College graduate program in outdoor education and about to become a father for the first time, arrived … 0

Greenfield needs volunteers to help plan new library

Friday, July 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s library is ready to form a building committee that will take it through construction of a new library. Greenfield Public Library … 0

West County Notebook

Friday, July 3, 2015

Buckland transfer station closed today, open Sunday BUCKLAND — The transfer station will be closed on Saturday, July 4, but open on Sunday, July 5, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Colrain historical figure revealed COLRAIN — “Who Was Bill Pitt Anyway?” Answers to that question will come from … 0

Area Fourth of July events

Thursday, July 2, 2015

A variety of Fourth of July celebrations will take place throughout the area this weekend. Saturday Amherst Amherst’s Independence Day celebration will begin at 5 p.m. behind the University of Massachusetts’ McGuirk Football Stadium. The event will include … 0

Watershed Council plans to sue Chang Farms

Thursday, July 2, 2015

WHATELY — Alleging that Chang Farms has been violating its federal pollution discharge permit routinely over the past five years, the Connecticut River Watershed Council said Thursday that it plans to sue the Whately bean sprout farm in federal court. According to a letter of intent sent to … 0

‘We still can’t find refuge’: Community supports S.C. church shooting victims with vigil

Thursday, July 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — Franklin County residents of many ages, races and ethnicities assembled on the Town Common Thursday to pay respects to the those nine black lives lost two weeks ago in a church shooting in Charleston, S.C. “I … 1

A pastoral response to suffering

Friday, July 3, 2015

I’ve served as a pastor and as a counselor in a variety of settings since 1990. One of the hardest, as well as one of the most fulfilling, areas where I’ve served is supporting people when they are … 0

More charges for S. Hadley funeral home

Friday, July 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Former funeral home director William W. Ryder faces new indictments, including one alleging that he and his wife Susan M. Ryder committed insurance fraud. It is the first indictment of Susan Ryder in connection with widening … 0

Northfield residents certain of danger with gas pipeline

Thursday, July 2, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Gulf Road resident Judy Wolter isn’t afraid to voice her opinion and can frequently be found holding hand-painted signs at the edge of Jere S. Nelson’s property line — where a proposed natural gas pipeline and … 0

Greenfield Police posts Level 3 sex offenders on Facebook

Thursday, July 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — Police have begun posting information about Level 3 sex offenders on Facebook and they say it has already led to one arrest. Greenfield Police Lt. William Gordon said the department has gotten both positive and negative feedback about the decision to post photographs and information about … 0

Outdoor music at Hubie’s Tavern draws crowds, complaints

Thursday, July 2, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Hubie’s Tavern and Restaurant came under fire at a Board of Selectmen meeting this week after residents voiced complaints that music from the venue’s outdoor patio is excessive and disruptive, but some have expressed concern … 0

Batters up for ‘Chesbro Challenge’

Thursday, July 2, 2015

CONWAY — It’ll be batters up on Saturday as the first pitch crosses the plate at the third annual Chesbro Challenge, but baseballs won’t be all that fly through the air. The event will be held from 1 … 0