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Lamson & Goodnow moving to Westfield; Property sold to Ashfield man

Friday, March 27, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — After 178 years in Shelburne Falls, Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co. will be moving to Westfield. Chief Operating Officer James Pelletier said that on Thursday he signed a lease, which takes effect on April 1. The lease was signed a day after 12.5 acres of Lamson’s 18-acre property and buildings were sold for $1.3 million to businessman … 0

Mayor tells inspectors to check all restaurant hoods for compliance by end of 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — Restaurant owners who know or suspect their kitchen hoods are not up to code or lack fire suppression systems would be wise to … 0

Berkshire Gas extends freeze to Sunderland

Friday, March 27, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Berkshire Gas Co. has expanded the moratorium on new customers to include Sunderland, citing constraints on the capacity of natural gas pipelines to … 2

Shelburne Falls Area Business Association auction Saturday

Thursday, March 26, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Celebrate spring Saturday at the 19th annual Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association Spring Auction. Enjoy the live auction, silent auction, local beer, wines and food while supporting programs that benefit the business association’s ten hilltowns. Tickets this year are $10 and admission includes a … 0

Neighbors: Area wildlife needs our help

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Medicine Mammals in Wendell needs our help. The local Native American nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation center is hoping to raise money to help care for the orphaned and injured wild animals that made their way to the center this winter. Loril Moondream, wildlife rehabilitator and owner of … 0

Greenfield Ford and Toyota moves into new parts and service dept.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Ford and Toyota has moved into its new parts and service department. Owner Robert Cartelli said the $7.4 million project, which began late in 2013, should be completed by summer. Cartelli said he added eight … 0

Northfield wary of “windfall” pitched by pipeline company

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Town officials have warned residents not to be lured by pipeline proponents’ promises of easy money. The Kinder Morgan Co. told the town it could receive millions in annual tax revenue if its planned pipeline and 80,000-horsepower compressor station are built in town. “Kinder Morgan has … 0

Committee OKs moving Greenfield 4th grades to elementary schools

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — Local third-graders will get to stay in their elementary schools next year instead of moving to Greenfield Middle School. The School Committee approved the change in a 4-3 vote Wednesday. The vote eked by because of problems that may make it impossible for one elementary school … 2

New spot by bridge offers Mexican fare in Shelburne Falls

Thursday, March 26, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Shelburne Falls has Bridge Street, the Iron Bridge and the Bridge of Flowers. Now it has a new little eatery near all these bridges. “Ponte” is Spanish for “bridge,” and Ponte Restaurante , set up … 0

Lesser promoted to corporate director of quality and patient safety at Valley Health Systems

Thursday, March 26, 2015

HOLYOKE — Spiros Hatiras, president and CEO of Valley Health Systems and Holyoke Medical Center, has announced the promotion of Tina Lesser to corporate director of quality and patient safety for Valley Health Systems, the parent company of … 0

Plants in peril: Climate change report has 22% of our native plant species listed as rare, endangered

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New England’s native plants are in trouble, according to a new report released today that’s described as the most comprehensive assessment of its kind ever assembled. The “State of the Plants” report by the Framingham-based New England Wild … 0

Abutters of French King Highway project file appeal

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — The lawyer representing seven abutters of the big box department store planned for French King Highway has filed another appeal, and said he is willing to keep filing until all avenues have been explored. Thomas Lesser of Lesser, Newman and Nasser in Northampton said he filed … 1

National Grid to cut electric rates

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Valley home and business owners can expect some relief from high electric bills this spring. On Monday, National Grid announced that, pending Department of Public Utilities approval, the cost of power is expected to drop from the current rate of more than 16 cents per kilowatt-hour to just … 0