Rowe School to hold open house Sunday

Thursday, August 21, 2014

ROWE — It was two years ago this month when a lightning-induced fire destroyed the 50-year-old Rowe Elementary School. But on Sunday, the town’s schoolchildren and community will gather to celebrate the opening of the new Rowe Elementary School, which begins its first full day of school on Wednesday . The ceremony starts at 4 p.m., at the school, at … 0

Wet weather takes toll on crops

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Area farmers are once again on the front lines of weather patterns, which in recent weeks have brought cooler, rainier weather to the region. That’s … 0

World Eye's Florence satellite store set to close Saturday

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — After two years selling books on North Main Street in Florence, the World Eye Bookshop is closing Saturday, though its Greenfield store remains … 0

Pipeline meeting in Orange outlines action towns can take

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ORANGE — Local people have potentially more of a say in determining the fate of a proposed gas pipeline through Franklin County than they may realize, a local conservationist is telling pipeline foes. Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust Executive Director Leigh Youngblood addressed about 40 people Tuesday, wearing … 0

Conway lawyer offers to help Deerfield fight gas pipeline

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DEERFIELD — A lawyer from Conway has offered his assistance to the town of Deerfield in its fight to stop the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline project. Cristobal Bonifaz made the offer during a standing-room-only special meeting of … 0

Deerfield extends voter registration

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DEERFIELD — The town will extend its town clerk’s office hours to allow residents the opportunity to register to vote in the Sept. 9 primary. The last day to register to vote in the primary is today. The town clerk’s office will be open from 9 a.m. to … 0

Lamson lays off union workers

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Business was brisk at the Lamson & Goodnow factory outlet store Wednesday morning as customers, some oblivious to the news of the company’s bankruptcy filing, looked at sale-priced knives and kitchen accessories. But in the … 0

UMass community mourns journalist James Foley

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AMHERST — James Foley, who was beheaded by Islamic State extremists, was described Wednesday by President Barack Obama as a courageous journalist. On the campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Foley was recalled as a warm, outgoing, … 0

Quabbin Harvest open house today

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ORANGE — Downtown will be buzzing with activity tonight. Quabbin Harvest Co-op, in preparation for its opening, will hold an open house between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at its soon-to-open 12 North Main St. location. In addition, the next movie in the series of Friendly Town Movies in … 0

Orange special town meeting tonight at 7

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ORANGE — A special town meeting tonight will decide whether to apply some surplus school money to keep the town’s community development director job funded. The job has been largely funded from federal Community Development Block Grant money in the past, but the town won’t get that grant … 0

Whately board continues Bayer review for 2nd time

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WHATELY — The Whately Planning Board’s site plan review of a proposed expansion at thermoplastic company Bayer MaterialScience’s factory in the industrial park has once again been continued. According to board member Judy Markland, the hearing will continue Sept. 30 to allow more time for officials to review … 0

Domestic dispute and smashed windows lead to charges for Orange man and his brother

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — An Orange man and his brother from Springfield were arrested Tuesday after the two smashed the windows of a home on Riverside Drive during a domestic dispute. At 11:48 p.m., Greenfield police responded to 39 Riverside Drive, where there was a fight involving several people. At … 0

Watershed Council seeks river monitoring volunteers

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Millers River Watershed Council is seeking volunteers for its new aquatic insect sampling program. These insects, which live in the gravel stream bottom, are highly reliable indicators of water quality and volunteers will be trained to find and identify them in a few selected streams across the … 0