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Principals discuss potential 4th-grade move

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — Teachers and parents of 153 third-graders in Greenfield’s three elementary schools are waiting to learn what school their young students will attend next year as school officials explore whether the fourth-grade should move back to the elementary level. Over the past two weeks, an Ad-hoc Committee of the School Committee has been hearing public comment from parents, teachers … 0

Details of homeless prevention to come in few weeks

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

It looks like it will be at least two to three weeks before the state has a detailed plan of how it will reduce the … 0

Eaglebrook hockey players accused of bullying classmate by cutting with skate

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

DEERFIELD — A former student is suing Eaglebrook School for negligence and breach of contract for failing to prevent an alleged 2007 attack in which, … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Soup’s on at Chowder Fest CHARLEMONT — Get out your recipes for The Friends of the Charlemont Fairgrounds seventh annual Chowder Fest on March 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Berkshire East Ski Lodge. To enter chowder, complete an entry form by March 16 and mail … 0

Sweet ending: Adams Donuts owner upbeat about its future

Monday, March 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — Adams Donuts owner Carrie Brown was upbeat about the local doughnut institution’s future Monday, with more than half its original stay-in-business fundraising goal reached and a revised goal within reach. The 59-year-old shop was threatened with … 0

Local social service agency behind governor’s plan for homeless families in hotels

Monday, March 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — The executive director of an organization that has been working to help homeless families adjust to life in two local hotels for the past three years said she shares the governor’s goal to reduce family homelessness … 1

Read Across America Day

Monday, March 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — “You don’t need a fancy office. That’s what’s great about being an author. You just need a paper and pencil,” said Natasha Lowe, a popular children’s book author, to a roomful of Newton School students. Lowe, … 0

Montague to put Strathmore Mill out for development bid again

Monday, March 2, 2015

MONTAGUE — The town will release another request for a developer to take all or a portion of the former Strathmore Paper Mill off the town’s hands, this time narrowing the focus to a single building in the complex. “Despite better judgment, I remain optimistic about the fate … 0

New scholarship for LGBTQI students, allies

Monday, March 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — The PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Franklin Hampshire Chapter has announced a new scholarship for graduating seniors in Franklin and Hampshire counties. Known as the Eric Collins Memorial Award, the scholarship will be given to two graduating seniors, one each in Franklin … 1

Entergy still tight-lipped on Vt. Yankee emergency plan

Monday, March 2, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The Vermont Yankee site vice president refused to answer questions last week about Entergy Nuclear’s plan to sharply reduce the emergency planning zone around the closed reactor. This followed a promise made about 30 minutes earlier by Entergy to be “transparent” on the decommissioning process. … 0

Turners man arrested on gun charges

Monday, March 2, 2015

This story has been corrected from a previous version. GREENFIELD — A Turners Falls man was arrested with an unlicensed gun after a disturbance in a local housing development, according to police. Juan Rodriguez, 25, of 66 4th … 0

Orange workshop roof collapses from snow; official issues warning

Monday, March 2, 2015

ORANGE — The roof of an abandoned workshop collapsed under the weight of accumulated snow, the damage noticed Monday morning after a light snowstorm. Orange Building Commissioner Brian Gale said the building at 701 East Main St. is a total loss. “It’s an older building and this was … 0

Burst pipes soak elementary school in Leverett, displace students

Monday, March 2, 2015

LEVERETT — Elementary School Principal Margot Lacey said she hopes students will be back in their regular classrooms later this week after frozen pipes that burst on Feb. 18 and 24 caused serious damage to walls, ceilings and flooring. Lacey was on a back-country skiing trip in Yellowstone … 0