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Still peaking at 94: Orange nonagenarian plans Greylock climb

Monday, August 31, 2015

ORANGE — Tom Harty has hiked all 67 of the 4,000- or more-foot peaks in New England, and like the Energizer Bunny, he just keeps going and going and going ... The nonagenarian, who will be 95 on Oct. 27, plans to, for about the 15th year in a row, climb Mount Greylock on Columbus Day. “I do it every … 0

DPU OKs pipeline-gas co. contracts

Monday, August 31, 2015

The state Department of Public Utilities on Monday approved long-term contracts for Berkshire Gas, Columbia Gas and National Grid to buy natural gas from the … 0

‘Mainly Marathons’ hit Northfield running

Monday, August 31, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Marathoner Laura Lockett, 58, of Atlanta was born in Massachusetts while her parents were driving through and was whisked away and never returned … 0

Whately will ask voters for money to fix historic window

Sunday, August 30, 2015

WHATELY — When a microburst tore through southern Franklin County last month, it broke more than tree branches and power lines, according to Whately Town Administrator Mark Pruhenski: one of the Palladian-style windows on the facade of Whately’s … 0

West County Notebook

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Buckland questions Mohawk pre-school costs tonight BUCKLAND — Changing the Mohawk Trail Regional School District agreement to include Mohawk’s new preschool program will be discussed tonight, at the 7 p.m. meeting of the Mohawk School Committee. Buckland’s Board of Selectmen have questioned the legality of putting it into … 0

Greenfield looking for fix to long traffic lights

Friday, August 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — A town councilor is leading the crusade to fix Greenfield’s traffic lights before someone gets hurt. “People sit through two or three cycles at some of the town’s intersections, and they get very impatient,” said Precinct … 4

Pioneer may take N.H. town’s students

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Pioneer Valley Regional School’s high school program hasn’t gone unnoticed by its New Hampshire neighbors. Winchester, N.H., is considering sending its high school students to Pioneer, a prospect that local school officials find attractive. Winchester has … 0

10 years later, reflections on Hurricane Katrina and it aftermath

Friday, August 28, 2015

“It was a sunny day. I had no cares. Everything was right with the world.” Walking down her New Orleans street with her 2-year-old daughter and six months pregnant, Tracy Keller recalls, “We enjoyed life. Everything was great. … 0

State court tosses local law restricting where sex offenders allowed to live

Friday, August 28, 2015

BOSTON — The state’s high court has upheld a judge’s decision to throw out a local law that severely restricts where sex offenders can live in the city of Lynn, a ruling that puts an end to a call earlier this year in Greenfield to enact similar restrictions. … 1

The past in pastel: Buckland artist focus of PVMA exhibit

Friday, August 28, 2015

DEERFIELD — A new exhibit at Memorial Hall Museum in Old Deerfield will feature five rarely displayed paintings by Robert Strong Woodward, a painter who lived in Buckland. The paintings are all privately owned and depict scenes from … 0

Buckland selectmen reaffirm pipeline vote

Friday, August 28, 2015

BUCKLAND — After deciding not to join Pipeline Awareness for the Northeast (PLAN-NE), a group opposed to the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline, the Board of Selectmen reluctantly agreed to “reaffirm” a special town meeting vote taken last summer calling for selectmen to oppose the Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s high-pressure … 0

Ashfield mulls $2.3 million broadband cost

Friday, August 28, 2015

ASHFIELD — The $2.3 million spending request for Ashfield’s share of the estimated $3.7 million needed for a town-wide fiber optic broadband network will be the largest capital outlay in the town’s history, Finance Committee member David Newell told about 75 townspeople this week, at a meeting to … 0

Full-day infant and toddler care coming to Turners

Friday, August 28, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — With working parents in mind, Community Action is changing its half-day preschool program on Central Street into an all-day infant and toddler program. Community Action’s Parent-Child Development Center on Central Street in Turners Falls will … 0