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Whately shines on

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WHATELY — A new solar energy installation in Whately has officially gone live. Chairwoman Joyce Palmer Fortune of the Board of Selectmen praised the completion of the solar farm at its official inauguration Thursday, saying, “It’s times like these when being a public official is really, really good ... There are times when issues come up when it’s just, ‘Yes, … 0

3 Mohawk district towns seek assessment cuts

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BUCKLAND — A last-minute, 36 percent increase in state aid for busing for the Mohawk Trail Regional School District has prompted selectmen from three of … 0

Wax paranormal

Thursday, July 31, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — If you’re familiar with the television show ‘Ghost Hunters’ and the iconic black and yellow ‘TAPS’ logo-covered vans driven by its cast, … 0

Drug suspect stopped on I-91 after wrestling with, escaping trooper

Thursday, July 31, 2014

DEERFIELD — Deerfield Police stopped a suspect fleeing from state troopers by flattening his car tires with a “spike strip” thrown across a section of Interstate 91 Wednesday evening. Paul Heim, 30, of Woodstock, Vt., faces drug and assault charges after allegedly running from a State Police trooper … 0

Handful of Greenfield parents, teachers oppose PARCC

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — Of the handful of parents and teachers who attended the School Committee’s public hearing on standardized testing Wednesday night, all came out against the new PARCC tests. “I’m not opposed to assessment at all,” said parent Deborah Keisch. “What I am opposed to is the high-stakes … 0

Rally reaches Statehouse

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

BOSTON — An estimated 400 to 500 people rallied on the Boston Common Wednesday, bringing their “Stop the Pipeline” message to the Statehouse. Speakers included local legislators, Reps. Stephen Kulik, and Denise Andrews, all opposing Tennessee Gas Pipeline … 0

Rosenberg clarifies pipeline position

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sen. Stanley Rosenberg. D-Amherst, clarified his position Wednesday on Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s Northeast Energy Direct project in a written statement, as three area legislators prepared to attend a rally across from the Statehouse emphasizing their own positions opposing … 0

Whately solar installation goes live July 31

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

WHATELY — Whately’s newest solar installation on Long Plain Road goes live July 31 and a ceremony to celebrate the opening will be held at 1:30 p.m at Fairview Farms. The 8,129-panel ground-mounted array was installed by North Andover-based solar developer Nexamp and will produce 2.4 megawatts of … 0

Belly Bus also accepts donations of cash

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — In addition to donating food to the Belly Bus Food Drive on Aug. 8, people can also send monetary donations, drive organizers say. People can make checks out to Community Action with Belly Bus in the subject line and they can be mailed to Community Action … 0

UMass college gets $10M anonymous donation

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

AMHERST — An anonymous donor has given an estimated $10.3 million to the University of Massachusetts Amherst to benefit the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy calls it a “transformative gift” that is among the largest in the history of the university, according to … 0

UMass-led team to assess smoke risks inside hunter tepees

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

AMHERST — A $700,000 grant from the federal Environmental Protection Agency will allow a team led by a University of Massachusetts researcher to travel with Native American hunters in Canada to determine how dangers from their meat-smoking practices … 0

Hampshire College selected for Title IX ‘compliance review’

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

AMHERST — Hampshire College was recently added to the list of 71 colleges being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights for its handling of campus sexual assaults, but this was not prompted by a complaint, according to an internal memo sent to the … 0

Greenfield’s latest tax bills reflect high school debt

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — The first quarter real estate tax bills due in the Tax Collector’s Office by the close of business on Friday reflect the first increases from the debt for the new $66 million Greenfield High School under construction. Mayor William Martin said this week “While our tax … 2