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Staying healthy in the fields

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

DEERFIELD — For seven years, Barrington Lewis has travelled from Jamaica to Deerfield to work and gather vegetables on Atlas Farm during harvest season. During the few months he works on Gideon Porth’s organic farm, Lewis, 50, visits the doctor to get his blood pressure checked and the dentist to have his teeth cleaned as part of the Connecticut River … 0

Lamson & Goodnow files for bankruptcy

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BUCKLAND — The nation’s oldest cutlery business Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co. of Shelburne Falls has filed for bankruptcy after 177 years of making knives … 0

GCC to decide medical marijuana use policy

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — With a medical marijuana dispensary proposed for the downtown, Greenfield Community College is working to develop a policy on whether to allow marijuana … 0

Charter school collaborates with K-12 schools

Monday, August 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — For the first time in its 12-year history, Four Rivers Charter School is collaborating with some Franklin County public high schools to share ideas. The public college preparatory middle and high school on Colrain Road is consulting with the Mohawk Trail Reginal High School and Greenfield … 0

E. coli levels rise in some parts of Conn. river

Monday, August 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A deluge of rain last Wednesday has elevated levels of E. coli bacteria at select spots on the Connecticut River, prompting health officials to warn people not to swim or boat there. High levels of E. coli were found throughout the region, including at a boat … 0

177-year-old Lamson & Goodnow cutlery files for bankruptcy

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BUCKLAND — The nation’s oldest cutlery business, Lamson & Goodnow of Shelburne Falls, has filed for bankruptcy after 177 years of making knives and kitchen tools in Franklin County. The manufacturer has filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, which means the company … 0

River cleanup eyes volunteers

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Each year, John David Boles heads up the Green River Cleanup, and this year is no different. Boles said the cleanup will be held a week earlier this year on Sept. 27, and he hopes to have 300 or more volunteers show up. “We’ve got a … 0

Conway to host pipeline meeting

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

CONWAY — Plans for a proposed gas pipeline have left many local residents fuming and on Aug. 28, representatives of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. parent Kinder Morgan will appear before the town’s Selectboard in an attempt to assuage fears. The company will deliver a presentation and give concerned … 1

Summer learning

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — As students and teachers cross the second-floor landing at the Federal Street School this year, they will see a new 22-foot-by-4-foot mural depicting pond life. The painting, located beside the main office, is a collaboration of … 0

Hawlemont gardens ‘ground-breaking’ offers public preview

Monday, August 18, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Plenty of ground has already been broken this summer, as the Hawlemont Regional School staff and community have planted gardens, built raised beds and farm buildings, in anticipation of the school’s new farm-based academic curriculum. But a “ground-breaking” celebration for this summer’s school grounds transformation takes … 0

Greenfield’s power company to go to voters

Monday, August 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — Town Council will decide later this month whether to ask the Legislature to allow townspeople to buy electricity in bulk. Voters would be asked to create a municipal aggregation that presumably would save users money. Mayor William Martin said the special election would be the last … 0

New president has vision for hospital

Monday, August 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — Over the next five years, Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s new president plans to invest in the hospital and usher in a new chapter in its 100-year history. The hospital’s future, Steven Bradley says, is to become … 0

1-car crash on I-91 Sunday

Monday, August 18, 2014

DEERFIELD — A woman drove off the highway and into a tree Sunday evening according to police, but little information was available beyond this. State Police reached Sunday and Monday at the Shelburne barracks said the woman was taken by ambulance with unknown but not major injuries. The … 0