New downtown bakery, Frosted, opens in Greenfield

Thursday, October 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — Frosted Bake Shop has opened in the space next door to Wilson’s Department Store and after just a couple of days has welcomed a lot of new customers, according to its new owner. Shelly Phillips said the standalone bakery in the heart of downtown will offer cakes for every occasion, pastries, cupcakes, pies, cookies, breads, desserts and other … 0

Frontier faces threat to ‘re-enact Columbine’

Thursday, October 23, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A threat to “re-enact Columbine” at Frontier Regional School led to the arrest of a 19-year-old man from Sunderland and placed the … 0

Thieves flee Elmer’s

Thursday, October 23, 2014

ASHFIELD — An Elmer’s Store employee came to work at 6 a.m. Thursday, opened the rear door and turned on a light — just in … 0

Question 3 asks voters to weigh in on casino decision

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Place your bets: Will casinos in Massachusetts win money for cities and towns, or will they cost local aid through lost lottery revenue, as ballot Question 3 proponents argue? The Nov. 4 ballot question, proposing repeal of a 2011 law to license up to three resort casinos and … 0

Burglars net scratch tickets, two arrested

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Two men face felony charges after one allegedly broke into Shaw’s Mart on Main Street early Monday morning, breaking a $500 door and making off with $350 worth of scratch tickets and two packs of cigarettes. Tyrell E. Rankin, 27, listed as homeless and Patrick Rooney, … 0

Montague board orders dog put down

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Board of Selectmen this week ordered a Coolidge Avenue dog put down over paperwork, having two weeks earlier allowed it to live after attacking a mailman. The dog, a female labrador/pit bull mix, jumped a fence this September and attacked a mail carrier on … 0

State puts virtual school on probation for 20 months

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Since a state review this summer, the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School has implemented programs for Title 1 and English language learning and hired a school psychologist and three family engagement coordinators. But the new changes appear too little, too late. The Greenfield-based cyber school has been … 0

Cabinet-maker to relocate to Shelburne

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SHELBURNE — A Greenfield-based cabinetmaker may build a new wood shop in Shelburne Falls next year — adding more employees after it’s built. William Green and lawyer Kevin Parsons met with selectmen this week to discuss Green’s building proposal and to tell them he will be seeking a … 0

Gas pipeline company schedules Franklin County meetings

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tennessee Gas Pipeline has scheduled three “open house” meetings in Franklin County to discuss its proposed Northeast Direct Natural Gas Pipeline project for Dec. 2, 3 and 10. The company on Tuesday submitted its schedule of a dozen meeting dates with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, including Dec. … 0

Anthropologist looks at life in Deerfield River Valley

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Imagine walking through the woods and coming face to face with a beaver the size of a black bear. For most of us, our first thought would be “run!” But for New England’s ancient Paleoindian period residents, that thought was “dinner.” The lives of those people, … 0

UMass student arrested, admits to writing racist graffiti in dorm

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts student who admitted to police that he wrote racist notes on a dorm room door earlier this month has withdrawn from school and is remorseful, according to his lawyer. The graffiti was found at John Quincy Adams dorm and is different from … 0

Millers Falls man faces robbery charges after friends claim he mugged them

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

MILLERS FALLS — A local man faces robbery charges after the midnight mugging of two acquaintances Tuesday, according to police. Brandon Kilburn, 30, of 72 South Prospect St., pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Tuesday to charges of unarmed robbery, intimidating a witness, disorderly conduct and disturbing the … 0

Ashfield Lake House still serving

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ASHFIELD — You can still get homemade crab cakes and other specialties at the Ashfield Lake House seven days a week, because it’s “business as usual” at this waterfront neighborhood restaurant and bar. Owner/manager Judith Hamilton said negotiations to sell the restaurant to Mauricia Alvarez of Conway fell … 0