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Practical purpose for mound of tires?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — A former Colorado Avenue resident says that he believes the thousands of tires found piled along the Deerfield River were put there many years ago by the property owner to stabilize the riverbank. Allan Keyes, who owned Keyes (auto) Repair Service on Colorado Avenue, said that a neighbor used his access road to dump the tires to stabilize … 0

State to FERC: scrutinize pipeline route

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The state’s top environmental official has written to the federal government calling for careful review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s proposed Northeast Direct Natural Gas Pipeline, … 0

Western Mass. dino-might

Thursday, September 18, 2014

DEERFIELD — In 1835, Dexter Marsh, a local laborer, was busy at work laying slabs of stone sidewalk in Greenfield when he noticed something in … 0

Northfield Mountain wants to pump more water

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Northfield Mountain hydroelectric project’s owners have sought permission to change their operating license temporarily this winter to boost storage capacity of its mountaintop reservoir so the region’s power supply can have additional capacity. FirstLight Hydro Generating … 0

Bernardston special meeting date moved

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BERNARDSTON — Zoning changes, an energy-efficient building code, school funding and more will be decided at an Oct. 8 special town meeting. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in Bernardston Elementary School. It was moved to Oct. 8 after the Selectboard had tentatively scheduled the meeting for … 0

Local Democrats kick off election season

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Democratic Town Committee will kick off election season with the promise of a strong commitment and coordinated effort to elect Democrats at home and throughout the state this year, members say. Chairman Doug Mayo said the committee will work with party leaders over the … 0

Vermont Yankee begins to power down

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BRATTLEBORO — Entergy Nuclear announced Tuesday that Vermont Yankee was starting its “coastdown” to shutdown later this year. “Starting now, you’ll see a gradual decrease until the end of the year,” said Entergy Nuclear spokesman Martin Cohn. Cohn … 0

Drop-outs: Focusing on the 'why'

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

More than 16,000 adults in Franklin and Hampshire counties have neither a GED nor a high school diploma. For many students, it is not the lack of will that causes them to stop going to school. Many times, students face personal or family problems, illness or addiction that … 0

3rd Solar Challenge info meeting planned

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — The town is still hoping residents and businesses will join the Greenfield Solar Challenge to see deep discounts on new solar electric systems if they sign up by Nov. 15. Greenfield will hold another Solar Challenge public information event at the Greenfield Public Library today from … 0

Northfield library open during restoration

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Visitors to the local library were surprised to find the front doors boarded shut this week. Rest assured, the Dickinson Memorial Library hasn’t closed up shop — it’s just undergoing repairs. The 1898 library’s front entrance is being restored by local woodworker Michael Humphries, with $8,000 … 0

R.I. man nabbed on drug charges at Wormtown music festival

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — A Providence, R.I., man faces several drug dealing charges after an arrest at the Wormtown music festival this weekend. Andrew McHale, 25, pleaded innocent Wednesday in Greenfield District Court to two counts of possession of a Class B drug with intent to distribute, possession of a … 1

Rock like a caveman: Stone Age Skills festival

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

DEERFIELD — As the chillier days of fall roll in, two local organizations will give families the opportunity to get in touch with their inner cave man. The Franklin County Sportsmen’s Club and the Deerfield Education and Conservation Corporation will host a semi-annual Stone Age Skills Celebration on … 0

Sea of tires

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — It looks like the local watershed council will have a bigger job than it thought it would when it begins its annual Source to the Sea riverbank cleanup this year because it recently discovered a sea … 1