An early morning fire displaced seven famililes from an apartment building at 9 Dry Hill Rd near the intersection with Rt 63 in Montague Center on Thanksgiving. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

7 families displaced on Thanksgiving; No one hurt in Montague pre-dawn kitchen fire

Thursday, November 26, 2015

MONTAGUE CENTER — A house fire struck before dawn Thursday on Dry Hill Road in Montague, displacing seven families before their Thanksgiving holiday could begin. The apartment house at 9 Dry Hill Road was badly damaged by 4:20. Route 63 at Dry Hill was closed while about 70 firefighters from 17 departments battled the blaze. As of 11:45 the scene … 0

Greenfield purchases Leyden land to help protect water supply

Thursday, November 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town will purchase more than 12 acres that border one of its water supplies in Leyden for $50,000. Greenfield Department of Public … 0

Keeping the ‘green’ in Greenfield: Sustainability committee heads into new year with even more to accomplish

Thursday, November 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town committee responsible for implementing Greenfield’s new sustainable master plan is making progress every day, according to its chairwoman, and plans to … 0

Orange transfer station closed for Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

ORANGE — The Town of Orange Recycling Center/Transfer Station will be closed today in observance of Thanksgiving. It will be open on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. … 0

Gill trash schedule

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

GILL — Trash and recycling collection will be shifted from Friday to Saturday this week, because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Because Christmas and New Years both fall on Fridays this year, trash and recycling will be moved to Saturday, Dec. 26 and Saturday, Jan. 2, as well. All … 0

A ‘Spotlight’ on pain, a voice for healing: Greenfield lawyer John Stobierski reflects on clergy abuse

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — If anyone doesn’t need to see “Spotlight” — a movie about the Boston Globe’s 2002 investigation of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests — it’s probably John Stobierski, a Greenfield-based lawyer who has more or less … 0

SJC to hear oral arguments on where big box project appeal should be heard, if anywhere

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — It looks like Greenfield will know by early next year which court, if any, will hear an appeal by seven abutters of the big box project the town approved for French King Highway more than four … 0

Expanded Monte’s March doubles last year’s haul

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

DEERFIELD — When Northampton radio personality Christopher “Monte” Belmonte met with residents of the Mason Square neighborhood in Springfield about food insecurity they were facing, he found that many of them did not live within walking distance of … 0

Warwick joins Municipal Coalition Against Pipeline

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

WARWICK — Warwick is the most recent town to join the Municipal Coalition Against the Pipeline. The coalition consists of 10 towns including Wendell, New Salem and Orange, which aren’t included in the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed … 0

Actress Susan Sarandon supports work of local land conservation and energy organizations

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Earlier this week, activist and actress Susan Sarandon released a statement opposing the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s Co.’s Northeast Energy Direct project to transport gas through eight Franklin County towns on its way from Pennsylvania to … 0

Pitbull deemed ‘dangerous’ by Montague officials

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A pitbull that allegedly attacked and injured two dogs and their owners last month has been classified by the town as a “dangerous” dog, and its owner has been ordered to follow a number of conditions to keep the dog. The Montague Board of Selectmen … 0

Changes afoot at Hampshire Mall as Best Buy, GlowGolf exit

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

HADLEY — Hampshire Mall management hopes to name a new tenant for the former Best Buy space within the next 30 to 60 days — but the replacement of the former anchor store won’t come in time for … 0

Baystate Franklin Medical Center seeks to intercept addicts, steer them to treatment; some say they’re falling short

Monday, November 23, 2015

Doctors and the public now widely recognize addiction as a disease, but has the medical institution caught up? “Frankly, I don’t ever consider the hospitals as a resource for help for me, or any of the people that … 0