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Sweetheart Restaurant sold, to become possible art center

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The historic Sweetheart Restaurant building may soon become a multicultural performing arts and learning center for visiting American and Latin American artists, musicians, actors and writers. Maurcia Alvarez of Wayland bought the vacant building this month for $249,413 from Dena G. Willmore and Martha J. Thurber of Buckland Center Partners LLC. She also bought a house in … 0

Recount today for tied Northfield override

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The town will carefully go over every ballot cast in a recent Proposition 2½ override vote in a recount this afternoon. Starting at … 0

Work underway at Conway ballfield

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

CONWAY — Water-logged baseball games and muddy festivals at Conway’s town ballfield may soon be a thing of the past, now that work to fix … 0

Block grants bring $3.77M to Franklin County

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Nine Franklin County towns have been awarded nearly $3.77 million in federal Community Development Block Grants for housing rehabilitation, public service projects and work on local infrastructure, such as sidewalks. Greenfield will receive $900,000 for Washington Street sidewalk repair, for housing rehabilitation assistance on 12 units, and for … 0

Noise ordinance: Town Council votes to let mayor’s veto stand

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — The vote was unanimous by Town Council Tuesday night to sustain the mayor’s veto of a recently passed noise ordinance and start over in an attempt to write a more effective and enforceable ordinance. “I think we need to build a consensus this time,” said Vice … 0

Ashfield cell tower hearing moved to October

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

ASHFIELD — A public hearing on a proposed 150-foot communications tower for Spruce Corner Road has been continued to Oct. 1, to give the developer, Industrial Tower and Wireless LLC, time to find out if the tower meets the Federal Communications Commission’s rules for environmental review. Under the … 0

Lunt ball field purchase done

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — After several years of ups and downs, while the town continued to go to bat in its attempt to purchase the former Lunt Silversmith’s baseball fields, Greenfield now owns them. Mayor William Martin said the town … 0

State halfway through 1-91 construction

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

DEERFIELD — As of this week, vehicles heading south on Interstate 91 in Deerfield will be running over a new temporary bridge. The state Department of Transportation switched southbound traffic onto the new bridge this week. The state … 0

Chinese students get glimpse of American life at Mohawk

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BUCKLAND — The 21 middle-school students from Hangzhou Qinghe Middle School loved the shady sugar maples they found growing behind the Mohawk Trail Regional High School. But the taste of the maple syrup itself? Maybe not so much. … 0

Yankee Doodle Days returns to Charlemont this weekend

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

CHARLEMONT — “Yankee Doodle Days,” the town’s annual summer festival, begins Friday with fireworks and ends Sunday with Stoney Roberts’ Demolition Derby. In between are hoop performances, chainsaw carving, a knife-throwing act, and balloon creations by “Mary Poppins.” … 0

Ashfield author reading at Boswell’s Thursday

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Susan Reimer-Torn, author of “Maybe Not Such a Good Girl,” will read from her new book at Boswell’s Books on Thursday, July 24 at 6:30 p.m. “Maybe Not such a Good Girl” describes the author’s leaving her Orthodox Jewish religion and family in New York … 0

Gold cane award coming back to Montague

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

MONTAGUE — The Boston Post gold cane, to honor a town’s oldest resident, will once again be awarded in Montague. Resident John Reynolds has raised the issue occasionally for some time, and recently the Board of Selectmen voted to allow him to go forward with the selection. The … 0

Watershed moment

Monday, July 21, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Connecticut River below the Turners Falls-Gill Dam was uncharacteristically high and fast this weekend, and filled with boaters. Relicensing project manager John Howard of FirstLight said the usual summertime flow over the dam into … 1