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Cosby admitted in 2005 trial to buying drugs to give to women

Monday, July 6, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Bill Cosby admitted in 2005 that he secured quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with, and that he gave the sedative to at least one woman and “other people,” according to documents obtained Monday by The Associated Press. Cosby’s lawyers insisted that two of the accusers knew they were … 0

‘We’re dying’: Police report 3 opioid overdose-related deaths in last 2 weeks

Monday, July 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — People are continuing to die of heroin, about as many in the last few weeks as in some previous years. “We’re dying,” said … 0

Greenfield officials, crowd pleased with fireworks display

Monday, July 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — There wasn’t a bad seat from Beacon to Lunt fields as the sky above Poet’s Seat Tower lit up with colorful fireworks late … 0

UMass climate report addresses regional species at risk

Sunday, July 5, 2015

AMHERST — State fish and wildlife agencies across the Northeast and Midwest are now updating their 10-year state wildlife action plans, and climate change is a bigger concern than ever before. To help them gauge what’s ahead, scientists at the Northeast Climate Science Center (NECSC) at the University … 0

Charlemont 250th events continue

Sunday, July 5, 2015

CHARLEMONT — In conjunction with the ongoing Charlemont 250th anniversary celebrations, a special Scavenger Hunt Contest has started and new teams are welcome to join. Teams of three or more (at least two need to be current Charlemont … 0

Wheel appeal: Group wants state to kick bicycle tourism into a high gear

Friday, July 3, 2015

Franklin County’s back roads are on a roll. In Sunderland, Montague and Whately, in Shelburne, Conway and Deerfield, chances are you may be seeing more bicyclists on byways, in groups or in ones or twos, wending their way … 0

Saying goodbye: Ed Porter to retire after nearly 40 years at United ARC

Friday, July 3, 2015

When Ed Porter, fresh out of a Springfield College graduate program in outdoor education and about to become a father for the first time, arrived in 1976 to head what was then the Association for Retarded Citizens of … 0

Greenfield needs volunteers to help plan new library

Friday, July 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s library is ready to form a building committee that will take it through construction of a new library. Greenfield Public Library Director Ellen Boyer said the committee will serve both as a conduit for … 0

In search of a great set of pipes: Organ enthusiasts tour western Massachusetts

Friday, July 3, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Drivers passing by the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church on Friday probably wondered why two green charter buses were parked out front. Every year, members of the Organ Historical Society travel to a city touring sites … 0

Greenfield approves $7.4M in projects

Friday, July 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town has a $7.4 million capital budget for this year and it includes $4 million for a municipal parking garage. Mayor William Martin included enough money in the budget for the town’s portion of the garage, a new marked cruiser and Tasers for the Police … 0

Northfield rejects meeting with Kinder Morgan prior to scoping session

Friday, July 3, 2015

NORTHFIELD — During this week’s Selectboard meeting, attendees were asked, using a show of hands, who prefers to have a one-on-one meeting — called an open house — with Kinder Morgan pipeline representatives. A similar meeting was held In February at Greenfield Community College. Spokespeople from the Tennessee … 1

Whately health board to up tobacco sales age

Friday, July 3, 2015

WHATELY — Whately’s Board of Health plans to adopt revisions to its tobacco sales regulations during its meeting July 15. During a public hearing Wednesday night, Chairman Francis Fortino said two residents spoke in favor of the policy. With the changes, Whately will join Greenfield, Montague, Leverett and … 0

Women’s GARDEN Project fund growing quickly

Friday, July 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — Doubled funding will help the Franklin County Women’s GARDEN Project grow more gardeners in the next three years. The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts has awarded the initiative $20,000 a year for the next three years. … 0