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Greenfield Middle School will be housing the School Department's administrative offices in a first-floor space that will be renovated.
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Greenfield School Committee approves central office move to middle school

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

GREENFIELD — Greenfield’s School Department will proceed with a plan to move the central administrative offices to the Greenfield Middle School on Federal Street. The committee voted unanimously Wednesday night to support the plan, which would involve renovating unoccupied space on the school’s first floor. The build-out would cost roughly $750,000, which chairman Timothy Farrell said would be paid for … 0

Atlantic Furniture to set up shop in Deerfield Industrial Park

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Vacant for about four years, a 277,000-square-foot factory building at Deerfield Industrial Park has a new occupant. Deerfield Industrial LLC, which is … 0

Mary Anne Marsh —political pundit and GHS grad — shares her take on the ‘craziest’ election race she’s seen

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Expect a “slugfest through the spring and possibly the early summer.” That’s the word, at least, from Mary Anne Marsh, the Greenfield-raised political pundit reporting … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Voter registration deadline today in Hawley HAWLEY — Today is the deadline to register to vote if you want to participate in the Massachusetts presidential primary on March 1. It is also the deadline for registered voters to change their party enrollment either to another party or to … 0

Baystate Franklin Medical Center previews new surgical wing

Monday, February 8, 2016

GREENFIELD — A flick of a switch, and the members of the Baystate Franklin Medical Center Auxiliary let out a shout of surprise and squinted against the glare as they were bathed in clean fluorescent light, as bright … 0

Markey: Canadian natural gas export OK confirms plans for area pipeline

Monday, February 8, 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy’s approval of U.S. natural gas export overseas from two proposed Canadian export terminals last week confirms Congressman Edward Markey’s “long-standing warnings that the ultimate goal of some natural gas pipeline proposals being made … 2

Conway voters unanimously pass bylaw aimed at hindering pipeline

Monday, February 8, 2016

CONWAY — Residents made their voices heard on the Kinder Morgan pipeline by voting unanimously to adopt a town bylaw to regulate noise, earth removal, and other activities associated with large-scale construction projects. All 106 people in attendance … 0

Montague to negotiate with broadband company to nearly eliminate unserved homes

Monday, February 8, 2016

MONTAGUE — Broadband might finally make its way to the last unserved homes in Montague. Town officials voted on Monday night to enter into contract negotiations with broadband service provider Matrix Design Group to reach almost 98.5 percent … 1

Mohawk budget up 3.5 percent; towns’ shares rise 6.6 percent

Monday, February 8, 2016

BUCKLAND — Mohawk’s below-level-services budget is going up 3.5 percent, but member towns will see an overall 6.6 percent increase in next year’s $19 million budget proposal. The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee will hold its public … 0

Whately to test filters to remove chemical from drinking water

Monday, February 8, 2016

WHATELY — The town’s water commissioners have decided to test filters from two companies to determine how well they can remove manganese from the town’s water supply. The levels are considered higher than acceptable under new government standards and Whately proposed installing a new filtration system. Manganese is … 0

To prevent flu, vaccination key

Monday, February 8, 2016

Flu season has so far been stifled in New England by warm weather. But February is traditionally the worst month for the disease, and prevention starts with taking the proper steps. While washing your hands, cleaning surfaces and … 0

Leyden seeks input on hazard mitigation plan

Monday, February 8, 2016

LEYDEN — Leyden officials are asking residents to comment on the town’s Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. The state-required municipal plan lists procedures certain town officials must follow in the event of a weather-related emergency. It was drafted by the town Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee and the Franklin Regional Council … 0

Whately man charged with drunken driving

Monday, February 8, 2016

WHATELY — A local man faces drunken driving charges following a traffic stop. David Streeter, 45, of Christian Lane was arrested around 2:30 p.m. Saturday and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, marked lanes violations, having an open alcoholic beverage in a vehicle and speeding, after … 0