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Whately shines on

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WHATELY — A new solar energy installation in Whately has officially gone live. Chairwoman Joyce Palmer Fortune of the Board of Selectmen praised the completion of the solar farm at its official inauguration Thursday, saying, “It’s times like these when being a public official is really, really good ... There are times when issues come up when it’s just, ‘Yes, … 0

3 Mohawk district towns seek assessment cuts

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BUCKLAND — A last-minute, 36 percent increase in state aid for busing for the Mohawk Trail Regional School District has prompted selectmen from three of … 0

Wax paranormal

Thursday, July 31, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — If you’re familiar with the television show ‘Ghost Hunters’ and the iconic black and yellow ‘TAPS’ logo-covered vans driven by its cast, … 0

Training offered for emergency reserve corps volunteers

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — When disaster strikes, trained volunteers typically show up on scene to help their neighbors. The Franklin Regional Council of Governments is holding trainings for medical and nonmedical personnel who want to volunteer in times of disaster. Medical Reserve Corps volunteers assist in medical emergencies such as … 0

Portion of Dole Road in Erving to be closed Aug. 4 to 8

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

GILL — Dole Road from the Bernardston town line to the intersection with West Gill Road will be closed to through traffic from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. next week, Monday through Friday. Homes and businesses will be accessible, but the Highway Department warns delays should be expected. … 0

Greenfield splash park to open next year

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — It looks like children will have to wait until next spring or summer before they have a splash park to cool off in. Christy Moore, the town’s recreation director, said after a few delays, the town … 0

Ashfield to celebrate 200th birthday of its Town Hall

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

ASHFIELD — Ashfield’s Town Hall turns 200 this year and the town will be celebrating the unusual history of the former “New Meetinghouse,” and its move from Norton Hill down to the town center, where it now stands. … 0

Yankee Candle names new CEO

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Hope Margala has been named as the new chief executive officer of Yankee Candle Co. She enters the position after having served as the company’s president of retail and EVP Brand, Innovation and Merchandising. Margala … 0

Paying for the pipeline

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. and its parent, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, may have had a chance last week to convince 300 attendees at a Franklin Regional Council of Governments meeting why its nearly 300-mile pipeline project is needed, but this week, a nationally syndicated radio program is painting … 0

Historic Deerfield seeks volunteers for Free Fun Friday event on Aug. 15

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

DEERFIELD — Historic Deerfield is looking for additional volunteers to help run its Free Fun Friday event on Aug. 15. The event is being held in collaboration with the Highland Street Foundation, a Newton-based organization that works to … 0

UMass farm showcases field rotation, solar innovations, bee research

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Pigs and bumblebees were there, as were biochar, solar collectors and energy-saving coolers. Agricultural field day at the University of Massachusetts Crop and Animal Research Farm is an annual chance for farmers to see the … 0

In 10 years, Belly Bus Food Drive collected 17 tons

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — It’s that time of year again — the time to enjoy summer swims and refreshing creamies, but also the time when some children and families start to worry where their next meal will come from. For 10 years, the Franklin County Hunger Task Force, a subcommittee … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Charlemont seeks hazard plan comments CHARLEMONT — The town’s Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee, and the regional planning department has updated the town’s hazard mitigation plan. Once the updated plan is approved by Federal Emergency Management Administration and adopted by the town, Charlemont will be eligible for state and … 0