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FRTA bus fares free for Black Friday

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — You can hitch a free ride with the FRTA Friday. Rides on the Franklin Regional Transit Authority’s fixed route buses will be free all day. “It’s our way of kicking off the holiday season,” said FRTA Director Tina Cote. Whether you want to check out Black Friday deals at downtown shops in Greenfield or Northampton, stop at Yankee … 0

Greenfield parking kiosk lots to be free Fridays, Saturdays

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — Starting Friday through Jan 3. All parking in kiosk lots in town will be free on Fridays and Saturdays. That’s a change from … 0

A time of thanks ... and fires

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

This Thanksgiving, firefighting authorities would like families and home cooks to keep “not being on fire” on their list of blessings. For the past five … 0

Falls Cable seeks volunteers, more local shows

Monday, November 24, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — After investing $60,000 in new television and broadcasting equipment, Falls Cable TV Corp. is seeking volunteers and ideas for more shows about the local community. Besides broadcasting selectmen’s meetings, this local-access cable station also airs … 0

Pipeline route may detour into N.H.

Monday, November 24, 2014

A route through New Hampshire for Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s project has emerged as the primary route for the planned pipeline. TGP, which earlier this month proposed several alternatives to a route that would cross nine Franklin County towns on its path from Wright, N.Y., to Dracut, plans … 0

Kinder Morgan, Franklin County Chamber of Commerce organize meeting on pipeline for businesses

Monday, November 24, 2014

A statewide industrial group, together with the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, has scheduled a Dec. 2 “business community energy briefing” to discuss Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed pipeline. The meeting, which is open by invitation only to the chamber’s board members and to large energy users, is … 4

Sheriff loans K9 cruiser to Orange

Monday, November 24, 2014

ORANGE — The town’s police dog and handler found themselves temporarily without a cruiser last week. An inspection last week turned up problems with the department’s 2001 Ford Crown Victoria used by officer Clay Rushford and police dog Matte, a German shepherd. The car, which had about 150,000 … 0

BFMC reopens in-patient wing

Monday, November 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — After eight years, Baystate Franklin Medical Center is re-opening the Spoke 5 medical-surgical ward as a fully active unit today, a sign in the rise in people seeking care from the Greenfield hospital. Spoke 5 has been used in the past only during high surges in … 0

N. Quabbin Chamber of Commerce refuses pipeline co. membership

Monday, November 24, 2014

ORANGE — When is a business’s interests not necessarily in the interest of a business group? The North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce had pause over that question when it considered whether to accept Tennessee Gas Pipeline parent company Kinder Morgan for membership. The chamber’s 12-member board of directors … 0

Northfield special town meeting OKs spending

Monday, November 24, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The town approved $163,340 in surplus spending without debate in Monday’s special town meeting. Residents applauded the approval of a $220,000 land conservation project, the Alderbrook Meadows Sanctuary, which won’t end up costing taxpayers. It will fund a conservation restriction on a 145-acre South Mountain Road … 0

Hilltown Network getting ready for Internet subscribers

Monday, November 24, 2014

ASHFIELD — High-speed Internet service for residents living near Ashfield Lake could be available by Dec. 8, now that Christopher Gray of Hilltown Networks has found a second place in town from which to provide high-speed wireless Internet … 0

Police seek suspects in second stabbing

Monday, November 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — Police seek three suspects in the second stabbing in the past week. A Riverside Drive man was stabbed multiple times in the hands around 6:30 p.m. Sunday in his home. The victim told police his roommate let “three white guys” into the apartment while he slept. … 0

Police investigate bar bathroom robbery

Monday, November 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — Police are searching for the suspect in a knife-point robbery in the bathroom of a local bar. Police responded to the Main Street Bar and Grille at about 1:11 a.m. Sunday, where a man said he had been robbed. The victim told police he was in … 0