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Hotel still planned for Wilson’s space; Project moving more slowly than expected

Thursday, January 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — Plans for an upscale hotel with banquet facilities are still in progress for the upper floors of Wilson’s Department Store, but the owner isn’t sure how long it might take to open one. “The project is not dead,” said Wilson’s President Kevin O’Neil, a partner of American House LLC, which owns the block and is hoping to bring … 0

Early in budget process, Frontier reports level funding

Thursday, January 29, 2015

DEERFIELD — The first draft of the Frontier Regional School 2016 budget shows no increase over this year, which district administrators said will be achieved … 0

Buckland ponders mutual aid plan

Thursday, January 29, 2015

BUCKLAND — Selectmen held off on voting to sign the Western Mass. Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Agreement until they have more information about liabilities for … 0

Restaurant proposed for Salmon Falls building

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — During the summer of 2013, the Salmon Falls Artisans Showroom building temporarily housed “The Flying Deer Diner” during Warner Bros.’ filming of “The Judge.” Now building owner and glass artist Josh Simpson is hoping to … 0

Gill-Montague superintendent announces plan for one principal between middle, high schools

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Superintendent Michael Sullivan has announced plans to cut costs by combining the Gill-Montague Regional School District’s middle and high school administrative offices under a single principal again. This and an undefined number of other cuts, most in the high school, is on the agenda at … 0

Graduation rates steady in Franklin County

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — Franklin County high schools have graduation rates that are better and worse than the state average, according to the latest state statistics. Last school year, Frontier Regional School scored best with 91.9 percent, followed by Pioneer Valley Regional School at 90.5 and Franklin County Technical School … 0

Human Rights award nominations sought

Thursday, January 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Human Rights Commission is seeking nominations of individuals and organizations for the 2015 Human Rights Award. Nomination forms may be picked up and dropped off at the mayor’s office in Town Hall during regular business hours or by emailing greenfieldhrc@gmail.com to request a PDF … 0

Can books break the cycle of crime?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — It’s widely accepted that a good book can help you get away from a dreary day, but can literature help people escape a life of crime? Proponents of Changing Life Through Literature believe it can, and … 0

Tech School seeks support for capital projects

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SHELBURNE — The Franklin County Technical School has never come to its 19 member towns for a capital improvement spending request since it was built in 1976, according to FCTS School Committee member Angus “Terry” Dun of Shelburne. But now, nearly 40 years later, the vocational school needs … 0

Mayor makes case for Greenfield’s temporary takeover of school business duties

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — Because the school department is within the town of Greenfield, it makes more sense for the town to handle school business until the School Committee finds a permanent business manager, Mayor William Martin said. The school department has decided to temporarily contract out the business management … 0

Sunderland man sentenced to 3 years for rape

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Sunderland man was sentenced to three years in state prison after he admitted Wednesday to raping a South Hadley woman at her home in 2013. Jesse Davis, 42, pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to the rape charge. The victim read a statement before his … 0

Route 2 crash sends 3 to hospital

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — Two Ford Escape SUVs headed in opposite directions collided on Route 2 around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday according to Greenfield police. Two from one car and one from the other were taken to the hospital with what police said were not serious injuries. The accident closed a … 0

Making the cut

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The word “papercut” usually conjures the image of a shallow gash on one’s finger and the remembrance of a brief moment of pain, but at the Deerfield Arts Bank, a new exhibit is attempting to … 0