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This year, Mike's Maze, seen in this aerial photo, is based on the classic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." It features Alice herself, as well as other iconic images like the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter's hat, all cut into the Sunderland cornfield.

Alice in Sunderland: The high-tech making of this fall’s Mike’s Maze is a family affair

Friday, September 4, 2015

SUNDERLAND — This fall, it won’t take a trip down any rabbit holes along the banks of the Connecticut River to experience Sunderland’s own version of Wonderland. At Warner’s Farm on South Main Street, this year’s design for Mike’s Maze features Alice herself, the Cheshire Cat and some very unhappy pink flamingos. While answering a series of trivia questions correctly … 0

Fried dough and french fries in danger? Local fair vendors fear effects of new fire codes

Friday, September 4, 2015

GREENFIELD — Imagine the Franklin County Fair without the scent of fried dough made by a local farm or the taste of fresh, hand-cut fries … 0

Kulik seeks to reform intervenor process at state DPU

Friday, September 4, 2015

Rep. Stephen Kulik was among those denied full intervenor status during the state Department of Public Utilities proceedings that allowed Berkshire Gas Co. to become … 0

Sounds like community: $45K state grant enables music program for underprivileged kids

Thursday, September 3, 2015

A new, free program to introduce music-making to Greenfield students has gotten a boost with a three-year, $45,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Shelburne violin teacher Vicki Citron plans to launch Musica Franklin, based loosely on the … 0

Locals react to “Deflategate” ruling

Thursday, September 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — After New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension was overturned by a federal judge Thursday morning, football fans in Greenfield were elated and relieved, for the most part. While some area residents felt justice had … 0

Athol crash sends woman to hospital

Friday, September 4, 2015

ATHOL — A head-on collision on Route 2A at South Royalston Road sent an Athol resident to the hospital. At 7:39 a.m. Friday, Athol police received a call about an erratic driver on Route 2A. Police located the driver, Corey McCorquodale, 28, of Phillipston, after he crashed his … 0

For 5th year, UMass welcomes high achieving 1st-year students

Friday, September 4, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts will welcome its most academically accomplished freshman class ever when students return over Labor Day weekend. The academic profile of the entering class is again at a historic high, continuing the trend that began in 2011, according to the university. Compared to … 0

Financial push gases up final planning for proposed Greenfield biodiesel plant

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Long in the planning to ensure it’s locally owned, the Northeast Biodiesel plant nearly ready at the Greenfield Industrial Park is getting a final boost from a 160-member, community-based nonprofit finance system. The $200,000, seven-year loan being provided to Co-op Power, a Hatfield-based energy cooperative that is developing … 0

Advertising existentialism

Thursday, September 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — An assistant art professor at Keene State College says he’s hoping motorists will begin paying more attention to the “here and now” as they drive along highways throughout New England and New York, including French King … 0

Neighbors: Be aware of childhood cancer and do something, if you can

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, and it became reality for our neighbors Jeffrey and Bobbi Hampton of Greenfield, who lost their beautiful daughter Ally to childhood cancer in 2014. Alexandria “Ally” Katlyn Hampton was 20 when … 0

Mayor seeks volunteers to serve on town boards

Thursday, September 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — The mayor is looking for volunteers who would be willing to serve on at least one town board. “As a city, we are so fortunate to have a community of folks who are willing to come forward and served on various boards and commissions each year,” … 0

Medical pot dispensary proposed for Hadley

Thursday, September 3, 2015

HADLEY — A medical marijuana dispensary may be coming to Hadley. The town’s Select Board voted 4-1 Wednesday to accept a letter of intent from Thomas Gallagher, director and president of Hampden Care Facility Inc. in Chicopee, to open a registered marijuana dispensary in Hadley. Gallagher’s letter, dated … 0

Bids sought for Mill River stabilization

Thursday, September 3, 2015

WHATELY — Whately is looking for contractors to perform the work needed to stabilize the banks of the Mill River before they collapse and contaminate two nearby wells that supply water to nearly half of the town’s residents. … 0