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Challenges, shortfalls ahead for state budget

Friday, October 24, 2014

With the state poised to see what’s largely an unprecedented moment of change following the Nov. 4 election, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer paints a picture of serious challenges ahead, not only on Beacon Hill but for the state as a whole. In what was likely his final talk in about 20 years of addresses to a Franklin County … 0

Widmer advises ‘no’ on vote Question 1

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, an 82-year-old, nonpartisan public-policy organization that doesn’t endorse candidates, has taken a position on only one of the four questions on … 0

Credit union embezzler jailed, ordered to repay nearly $100,000

Friday, October 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — A former bank teller’s family cried out in disbelief as she was led away in handcuffs to spend the next year in jail. … 0

2nd suspect in Ashfield break-in still on the lam

Friday, October 24, 2014

ASHFIELD — As of Friday, a second suspect in Thursday’s break-in at Elmer’s Store was not yet apprehended, but police were still investigating the incident, according to Trooper Dustin Fitch, a spokesman for the State Police. Meanwhile, Jose Rivera, 42, of Chicopee, who was caught immediately after a … 0

Local schools, police prepare for threats

Friday, October 24, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — For years, Frontier Regional School administrators, local and state police have been preparing for a potential active shooter incident at the school. This week, school and law enforcement officials had to put their plans into action as a 19-year-old man from Sunderland threatened to “re-enact … 0

Whately inks deal with new town administrator

Thursday, October 23, 2014

WHATELY — Mark Pruhenski, a special project manager from Great Barrington, has officially accepted Whately’s offer to become the new town administrator. Pruhenski’s decision concludes a search that has been ongoing for a town administrator since Lynn Sibley … 0

John Deere dealer coming to Greenfield

Thursday, October 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — John Deere dealer Padula Brothers Inc. of Lancaster and Raynham will soon be opening a third store on Shelburne Road on the former Country Hyundai property. Caroline Mansfield, spokeswoman for Padula, said her husband, Bryan, started … 0

Neighbors: Local 2015 calendars offer variety

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hello, neighbor. It’s that time of year — 2015 calendars are here and it’s time for you to decide what you’d like hanging on your wall for 12 months. If you are interested in local history, trains or … 0

Second I-91 car vs. semi accident in two days

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BERNARDSTON — A car hit a tractor-trailer Thursday on Interstate 91 for the second time in two days and the driver again escaped alive, according to police. State Trooper Bernie Trott of the Shelburne barracks said a Chevrolet Camaro struck a tractor-trailer by Exit 28 on Interstate 91 … 0

An Erving classic

Thursday, October 23, 2014

By CHRIS CURTIS Recorder Staff ERVING — Robert Pollock flips two hamburgers on the griddle, stirs onions and keeps an eye on an omelet off to the side — just a typical day in the kitchen of the … 0

Greenfield Y plans Saturday open house for women

Thursday, October 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the YMCA will be holding an open house for women. Then, from 6 to 8 p.m., there will be an early family Halloween party. During the open house the Y will debut its newly renovated women’s gold locker … 0

On the Job

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lamson restructuring SHELBURNE FALLS — Lamson & Goodnow has restructured its sales and marketing operations as part of its financial reorganization plan. Thomas Mihalek has been named vice president of Sales and Marketing, while Robert Muscari is the new vice president of sales for HotSpot silicone pot-holders and … 0

Montague Notebook

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Domestic violence remembrance TURNERS FALLS — A remembrance ceremony is planned for Saturday morning in memory of Vivian Morrissey, Virginia Ferrer, Catherine Gochinski, Tracy Sheperd and all past and present victims of domestic violence. The four Montague women were killed by their partners in the space of a … 0