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For this walk, it’s personal

Sunday, October 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — More than a hundred walkers formed a bright pink ribbon in an otherwise chilled and gray downtown Sunday for the sixth annual Rays of Hope breast cancer walk. Survivors of the disease were well represented in the group and celebration, awareness, remembrance and solidarity were among the reasons they gave for walking. Barbara Aubrey of Charlemont was walking … 0

Pumpkins prove popular

Sunday, October 19, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Oh, the pumpkin — that glorious gourd. In both cuisine and the arts, its uses are legion in number and there was … 0

Andrews, Whipps Lee talk jobs, pipeline, hunting in debate

Sunday, October 19, 2014

ERVING — Jobs and economic development in the North Quabbin region dominated a debate between Rep. Denise Andrews, the 2nd Franklin District’s incumbent Democrat, and … 1

Neighbors: Flash: Lobster pierogi make debut at Turners Falls Pumpkinfest

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Lots to tell you about today, so I’m going to get right to it. I’m heading to the Franklin County Pumpkinfest on Avenue A in Turners Falls with grandson Justin and his mommy (Suzanne) later on … 0

Montague absentee ballots available from Town Clerk

Friday, October 17, 2014

MONTAGUE — Absentee ballots are now available in the Town Clerk’s Office for the Nov. 4 state election. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is Nov. 3 at noon. To vote absentee you must be out of town on the day of the election, have a … 0

Are local hospitals prepared to face Ebola?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — As state and local hospital officials tried to quell mounting public panic over the Ebola crisis, the state and national nurses union raised the alarm about preparedness of hospitals. “Nurses across the state have said they are absolutely not prepared. They don’t feel ready to do … 0

Deerfield River Watershed celebrates 25 years

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Before the federal government got rolling on relicensing seven hydroelectric dams along the Deerfield River a quarter century ago, a group of state, regional and local groups got their oars into the water, collaborating on a process that … 0

Conway rejects debt exclusion for garage

Thursday, October 16, 2014

CONWAY — In a special election Thursday, voters rejected exempting any money that may be borrowed to pay for the construction of a new highway department facility from the provisions of Proposition 21/2. The vote failed by four votes, with 164 “Yes” votes and 168 “No” votes. Town … 0

Power outage puts Gill in the dark temporarily

Thursday, October 16, 2014

GILL — As many as 87 percent of the town’s households found themselves in the dark for a little less than two hours Thursday evening. Western Massachusetts Electric Co. spokeswoman Yvonne Alston said the outage was caused by an unknown equipment problem near the intersection of West Gill … 0

Weekend tag sales support anti-gas pipeline efforts

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Anyone thinking that opposition to the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline is simply a case of “not in my backyard” might stop and think that the path from Wright, N.Y., to Dracut through nine Franklin County towns is a long backyard. To fund what’s expected to be a lengthy … 0

Political Notebook

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Candidate Lee gains anti-tax group endorsement Susannah Whipps Lee has won the endorsement of Citizens for Limited Taxation’s 2½ Political Action Committee in her election bid for state representative from the Second Franklin District. The PAC endorses candidates who support taxpayers on a variety of issues. It endorsed … 0

Greenfield Minor League to raise money for food pantries

Thursday, October 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — On Nov. 8, the Greenfield Minor League is holding a drive to raise money for two local food pantries. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the baseball league will collect donations for the Center for Self Reliance in Greenfield and the Turners Falls Survival Center at … 0

Dance for cancer cure today at Franklin County Tech School

Thursday, October 16, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School hosts a fundraising aerobic dance today. A Zumbathon will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the assembly hall of the school at 82 Industrial Boulevard. The event is being organized by Zumba instructor Pam Reipold to raise money for … 0