Food City sells winning $4.79M lottery ticket; third big jackpot in town since 2012

Thursday, March 5, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Someone who shops at Food City is a newly minted millionaire. A winning $4.79 million lottery ticket was sold by the Avenue A supermarket, although the winner hadn’t stepped forward by press time Thursday. The winning numbers were 5-7-11-36-46-49 in Wednesday night’s Megabucks Doubler drawing, according to the Massachusetts Lottery Commission. On Thursday morning, the Lottery Commission’s … 0

Baker’s budget concerns officials

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The first budget proposal by Gov. Charlie Baker has gotten a mixed reaction from the area’s state legislative leaders, who raised questions about details in … 0

Deerfield, Sunderland talk sewer regionalization

Thursday, March 5, 2015

DEERFIELD — Deerland? Sunderfield? While that may be a bit of a stretch, it isn’t entirely off the mark with Sunderland and Deerfield’s selectmen beginning … 0

Amherst fire, police officials counting down to Blarney

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — Preparing for the worst with throngs of drunken students, the Amherst Fire Department has scheduled 10 ambulances and crews to be on duty throughout Saturday. And the Police Department says it’s ready, too. “We’re treating the whole 24-hour period as if it were a spring weekend,” … 0

Principals discuss potential 4th-grade move

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — Teachers and parents of 153 third-graders in Greenfield’s three elementary schools are waiting to learn what school their young students will attend next year as school officials explore whether the fourth-grade should move back to the … 0

Details of homeless prevention to come in few weeks

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

It looks like it will be at least two to three weeks before the state has a detailed plan of how it will reduce the number of homeless families living in hotels across Massachusetts — and Greenfield — … 1

Eaglebrook hockey players accused of bullying classmate by cutting with skate

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

DEERFIELD — A former student is suing Eaglebrook School for negligence and breach of contract for failing to prevent an alleged 2007 attack in which, the suit says, members of the hockey team held down a then 13-year-old Conway resident and cut him with an ice skate. Eaglebrook … 0

Greenfield Youth Football League embezzler: The drugs made me do it

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — A local woman who stole $5,986 from the Greenfield Youth Football League to feed her drug habit has been ordered to repay the money. Margary Fisher, 38, of 36 Elm St., admitted to sufficient facts for conviction on a charge of larceny over $250 by a … 0

Public Safety Dept. wraps Berkshire East probe

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

CHARLEMONT — A Department of Public Safety investigation into an incident involving an 11-year-old girl who fell from a chair lift at Berkshire East on Jan. 9 has found that the ski area was in compliance with all state lift operation, incident reporting and staffing laws. The report, … 0

Montague selectmen hear Shea board can’t pay bills after June

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

MONTAGUE — The nonprofit leasing the Shea Theater building from the town says it will not be able to pay its utility bills as of July 1, six months before its lease expires. Shea Community Theater Inc. is … 0

Herk wins Orange selectman seat

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

ORANGE — Walter C. Herk of 25 Church St. won a three-way contest for a seat on the Board of Selectmen, one of two races decided in this week’s annual election. Herk won the three-year seat with 270 votes to incumbent George C.F. Willard’s 131 and Richard P. … 0

A vision for their future

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — On Saturday, students from across Franklin County will showcase the solutions they developed to help combat climate change and pollution as part of the fourth annual Science and Sustainability Expo at Greenfield Community College. The event, hosted by Greening Greenfield, a local nonprofit, is meant to … 0

Pellet bag recycling program is heating up

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

According to program director Amy Donovan, the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District’s pellet bag recycling program is proving to be very popular at the thirteen municipal transfer stations offering the free program. Residents of Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Leverett, Montague, Northfield, Orange, Rowe, Shelburne, Warwick and … 0