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Sacrifices for our nation

Sunday, May 24, 2015

ROWE — As the nation, today, honors its soldiers who died in battles of every era, a psychotherapist specializing in “the war after war” says we need to re-sanctify the age-old compact with our warriors if we’re ever to heal what he calls our “post-traumatic stress social disorder.” Edward Tick, the Belchertown co-founder with his wife of Soldier’s Heart, a … 0

Thousands settle in for music, fun at Strangecreek

Sunday, May 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Strangecreek Campout kicked off the New England summer music festival season over the weekend, but if you only stayed for the music, … 1

Room to grow: Digging that first arrival at the garden

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Editor’s Note: This is the third installment in an occasional series on one family’s adventure in their first year in a community garden at Just … 1

Elmer’s Store owner Nan Parati awarded for entrepreneurship by Franklin County Community Development Corp.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

ASHFIELD — Nan Parati never expected to buy Elmer’s Store when she first came to town for a visit in 2005 from New Orleans — where she also never expected to live for more than 25 years after … 0

Erving eyes potential railroad crossing bill

Thursday, May 21, 2015

ERVING — A railroad crossing signal is giving drivers too much warning and Pan Am’s initial estimate to fix it, on the town dime, is $311,000. Pan Am Railways Chief Engineer of Communication and Signal Timothy Kunzler brought the estimate to the Board of Selectmen Thursday at a … 1

Greenfield woman badly burned; neighbor comes to her rescue

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — Kevin Haley of 7 Park St. said a crash from downstairs caught his attention Wednesday night around 10:30, sending him downstairs to find his neighbor badly burned and her apartment beginning to catch fire. “I heard … 0

The war that came after

Friday, May 22, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — One hundred and fifty years ago, Pvt. James Early White deserted the victorious Union Army to return home to his mother. The war had been over more than a month and he was worried. Two younger … 0

DA’s office IDs couple found dead in Prospect St. apartment

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Northwestern District Attorney’s office has identified the couple found dead Wednesday in their 21 Prospect St. apartment as Margaret Pekkala, 53, and Dennis Pekkala, 54. Investigators shed no further light Thursday on the circumstances of … 0

State energy grant for Heath school boiler could cost more than planned

Thursday, May 21, 2015

HEATH — A state grant to pay 81 percent of the cost of an energy-efficient wood pellet heating system for the Heath Elementary School will require a much larger matching share from the town than was anticipated. Town … 0

Local machining program graduates 13 more

Thursday, May 21, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School machine shop turned out its fourth batch of machinists Thursday through the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board’s adult training program. The 13-week Middle Skills Manufacturing Initiative graduated 13 students Thursday for a total of 43 trained since the program began … 0

GHS ranked 43rd in state for offering AP courses

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield High School has been ranked 43rd in the state by U.S. News and World Report for giving students the opportunity to take Advanced Placement courses. “This is a tribute to our teachers,” said Principal Donna Woodcock. “They put in a lot of time helping students … 0

Warwick sets meeting on gas pipeline for May 28

Thursday, May 21, 2015

WARWICK — The town is hosting an informational meeting on Kinder Morgan’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline on May 28 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 12 Athol Road. The meeting is open to the public and will include presentations and a panel discussion featuring UMass … 0

Greenfield tree talk, visioning on Tuesday

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Tree Committee is inviting the public to join them for an informational and visioning gathering about trees in town. The gathering will be held outside on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., next to the Pleasant … 0