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FRTA bus fares free for Black Friday

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — You can hitch a free ride with the FRTA Friday. Rides on the Franklin Regional Transit Authority’s fixed route buses will be free all day. “It’s our way of kicking off the holiday season,” said FRTA Director Tina Cote. Whether you want to check out Black Friday deals at downtown shops in Greenfield or Northampton, stop at Yankee … 0

Greenfield parking kiosk lots to be free Fridays, Saturdays

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — Starting Friday through Jan 3. All parking in kiosk lots in town will be free on Fridays and Saturdays. That’s a change from … 0

A time of thanks ... and fires

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

This Thanksgiving, firefighting authorities would like families and home cooks to keep “not being on fire” on their list of blessings. For the past five … 0

Neighbors: Looks like a harsh winter ahead; take care of each other

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. First, I’d like to wish you a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving. Enjoy your friends and family — that’s what great memories are made of. I’m waiting to hear from our local precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy … 0

Deerfield, Gill, Northfield, Bernardston house break-ins

Monday, November 24, 2014

DEERFIELD — The Deerfield Police Department is investigating a series of break-ins that have occurred over the past two weeks. Police Chief John Paciorek Jr. said the first of the three breaks occurred Nov. 17 at 8:22 a.m. on Sand Gully Road. He said police found evidence of … 0

Willing to talk turkey

Sunday, November 23, 2014

WENDELL — It takes a lot of work to make Thanksgiving dinner, especially when you plan to feed a few thousand people. By Thursday, the Diemands will have pre-cooked about 30 turkeys and sold close to 3,000 more … 0

Compressor stations reason for concern?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

DEERFIELD — When Tom and Ben Clark of Clarkdale Fruit Farm and learned a month or so ago that Kinder Morgan was changing its preferred route for its proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project south from a path that would have cut across their peach orchard, they were relieved, … 1

Turners Falls baby couldn’t wait

Sunday, November 23, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Brett and Michelle Simon carefully planned everything about their fourth child’s birth. However, their youngest daughter had plans of her own, and they didn’t include waiting to get to the delivery room. Brooklyn Michelle Simon … 0

Tackling mass incarceration from behind bars

Sunday, November 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — Presenting on the topic of restorative justice in October, Mel Motel of Brattleboro had a relatively engaged audience, some with questions about mechanics, some with a skeptical bent and all with the relatively uncommon perspective of people who aren’t going home after the presentation. Not all … 0

Alleged stabber chased down by Greenfield police

Sunday, November 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — An early morning stabbing Saturday on Main Street has led to the arrest of one Greenfield man and the hospitalization of another. Brandon Sax, 31, of Greenfield was arrested Saturday morning and charged with assault and … 0

Montague selectmen: Open Meeting Law complaint doesn’t apply

Sunday, November 23, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Montague Board of Selectmen will apply for special legislation to ratify the decisions made at an improperly posted special town meeting last month. Town meeting members overwhelmingly approved the course of action at the meeting, over the objections of Millers Falls member Jeanne Golrick, … 0

Calling all bakers

Sunday, November 23, 2014

DEERFIELD — Whether it’s pineapple upside-down cake, pecan pie, or rich, chocolate brownies, everyone has a favorite dessert recipe and Historic Deerfield wants a taste of yours. On Dec. 6, the museum will hold its Heritage Baking Day baking contest. The event, held in conjunction with King Arthur’s … 0

New courses will combine clean energy with agriculture

Sunday, November 23, 2014

AMHERST — Agricultural students at the University of Massachusetts, Hampshire College and Holyoke Community College will benefit from an $810,000 National Science Foundation grant that will be used to create collaborative programs combining clean energy studies with sustainable agriculture. “The main purpose of the grant is to marry … 0