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Greenfield bench project a lesson in collaboration

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — A five-member group called Greenfield Rejuvenators is teaming up with the town, jail, a high school teacher and his students and local organizations to install up to another 50 benches in the downtown. The new benches are made from recycled materials like the green plastic ones already found along Main Street and on the Town Common, but they … 0

Andrews blasts mailing as ‘misleading attack’

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Rep. Denise Andrews, D-Orange, is lashing out against what she says is a “misleading attack mailing” by the conservative advocacy organization Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance “on … 0

Franklin County Opioid Task Force regroups, continues

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — The area Opioid Task Force met Tuesday for a look at the big picture of addiction in Franklin County and at reports from … 0

Serving in the hospital, and in the community

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — This year, new Baystate Franklin Medical Center President Steven Bradley will be using his political and community development skills to help mobilize people and resources to strengthen the community beyond the hospital. Bradley will serve as … 0

Fast and perilous

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — Phil Brown is scared that someone is going to get hurt or worse along a stretch of Munson Street that runs from Fairview Street West to the Greenfield Corporate Center, now home to several state agencies. … 0

Hoop dreams, heroin nightmares

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — Chris Herren made it from the midsize coastal city of Fall River to his home team, the Boston Celtics. His path was paved with stints in rehab as he struggled with escalating substance abuse running the … 0

Competing pipeline plan would use existing routes

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

There’s another pipeline project being proposed through New England, but this one would travel along existing pipeline routes. Northeast Utilities and Spectra Energy Corp. have announced plans to expand natural gas access to New England and to end bottlenecks that have driven up prices when demand spikes in … 0

Kinder Morgan begins FERC filing process

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. made its proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project official Monday, with a “pre-filing” to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The 36-inch diameter pipeline, which would include 167 miles in Pennsylvania and New York and another 177 miles between Wright, N.Y., and Dracut, north of Lowell, … 0

Towns to legislators: Tax-exempt land unfair hit in western Mass.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

HAWLEY ­­— It wasn’t just Hawley’s loss of $172 per year in tax dollars for 120 acres of forest in a state Supreme Judicial Court decision that sparked Tuesday’s meeting with state legislators, but a request for legislation to protect rural, tax-poor towns from being drained of too … 0

Mohawk, teachers sign 3-year contract

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BUCKLAND — Teachers in the Mohawk Trail Regional School District will get a 3.3-percent pay raise this year, now that a new three-year agreement has been reached between the School Committee and the Mohawk District Education Association. The … 0

Mohawk alumnus new vice-principal

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BUCKLAND — Jesse Porter-Henry, who graduated from the Mohawk Trail Regional School in 1999, has been hired as the school’s new assistant principal. Porter-Henry started his full-time position this week, working with another Mohawk graduate, Principal Nancy Dole. … 0

Mystery poll quizzes people on Vt. Yankee

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — A telephone poll that questions residents about the potential continued operation of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is not the work of Entergy Nuclear, a company spokesman said Monday. “We are not doing it. This is not Entergy at all,” said Martin Cohn, a … 0

Local cultural councils seek funding proposals

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

ORANGE — The Orange Cultural Council has $4,580 to give out for local projects. The council is hosting a special session to help applicants review and fill in applications on Sept. 20 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Moore-Leland Library in North Orange, which is fully accessible. … 0