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Northfield wonders how to draw bicyclists, tourists to town once Schell Bridge is replaced

Friday, November 21, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The state hasn’t even drawn up plans to replace the Schell Bridge yet, and locals already want to stop people going over it. The Friends of Schell Bridge and Northfield Area Tourism and Business Association don’t doubt that the bike bridge the state plans to build across the Connecticut River as part of a tri-state bikeway will draw … 0

Sticky situation: Wet wipes gumming up Deerfield’s wastewater plant

Friday, November 21, 2014

DEERFIELD — Thinking about sending that flushable wet wipe down the toilet? The director of Deerfield’s Highway Department hopes you’ll think twice, because those and … 1

‘Share the bounty’ this holiday season

Friday, November 21, 2014

GREENFIELD —The Franklin County Community Meals Program is collaborating with local restaurants through the end of December in their “Share the Bounty with the County” … 0

Will Orange OK $490K for new school study?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

ORANGE — Residents will vote at a special town meeting on Dec. 4 on whether to fund the next step in building a new elementary school. The Massachusetts School Building Association is currently working with Orange on the possibility of a new school building to house all Orange … 0

Greenfield’s Allen Kelley celebrates 100th birthday

Friday, November 21, 2014

By KATHLEEN McKIERNAN Recorder Staff GREENFIELD — Allen Kelley of Greenfield tuned pianos for Liberace, trained precision operators at the Greenfield Tap and Die during World War II and was a manager at Millers Falls Tool Co. On … 0

Greenfield plan calls for changes to downtown parking lot permits

Thursday, November 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — Metering in central downtown lots is being changed to encourage more turnover for shoppers and other short-term visitors. The plan calls for four lots in the center of the downtown — Ames Street, Fire Station, Town Hall and Olive Street — to be designated as premium … 0

Town Council sides with workers

Thursday, November 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Town Council has resoundingly rejected Mayor William Martin’s proposal to invoke a state law that would have allowed the town to curtail negotiations with its workers over health insurance benefits. The mayor saw adopting the Municipal Health Reform Act as a way to control rising … 0

Vt. Yankee layoffs to begin in Jan.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

VERNON, Vt.— The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant has officially notified the state of Vermont that it will be laying off 165 employees starting in January. That there would be layoffs has been common knowledge since Entergy’s announcement in August 2013 that it would be ceasing operations at the … 0

Franklin County students honored by superintendents

Thursday, November 20, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Whether it’s sports, academics or community service, eight Franklin County students have managed to succeed in whatever they set their minds to. At a ceremony Thursday night, eight high school students were honored by their … 0

Conn. man charged with August bank robbery

Thursday, November 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — A 50-year-old Connecticut man has been charged with armed robbery for allegedly holding up a Greenfield bank in August. John J. Coughlin of Enfield pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Thursday to charges of armed robbery, … 0

A slice of success:

Thursday, November 20, 2014

By TOM RELIHAN Recorder Staff SOUTH DEERFIELD — When Erik Pardee of Hatfield couldn’t find a job after graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in psychology, he recalls, he had to find some way … 0

Deerfield woodcutters recognized for methods

Thursday, November 20, 2014

By TOM RELIHAN Recorder Staff SOUTH DEERFIELD — Deerfield brothers — twins — who own a custom wood cutting business have taken second place in a national contest run by the company that makes their portable hydraulic sawmill. Jay and James Clarke, who operate as The J Team, … 0

Sunderland resident recounts Wednesday night house fire

Thursday, November 20, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Michael and Carol Ahearn were sitting on the couch and recliner in their living room just after 9 p.m. Wednesday when Mrs. Ahearn’s nose picked up an unusual smell. “She said, ‘I think something is burning,’ and we had some Yankee Candles lit, so I blew … 0