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Weldon residents to be without an elevator

Friday, July 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — Residents of the 109-year-old Weldon House on High Street will have to take the stairs to their upper-floor apartments for the next six to eight weeks while the owner replaces the only elevator in the concrete building. Richard Henken, president of Schochet Companies, which owns the Weldon and owns or manages about 6,400 other apartments, said the company … 0

Leyden Rifle Club wants to ‘take cover’

Friday, July 25, 2014

LEYDEN — The Leyden Rifle Club is once again taking aim at a permit to put a roof over its firing line. “We’re going to … 0

Questions remain after COG pipeline meeting

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Planning Board, along with the nearly 300 people attending their meeting Thursday, got to pose a series … 0

Sweetheart Restaurant sold, to become possible art center

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The historic Sweetheart Restaurant building may soon become a multicultural performing arts and learning center for visiting American and Latin American artists, musicians, actors and writers. Maurcia Alvarez of Wayland bought the vacant building this … 0

Recount today for tied Northfield override

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The town will carefully go over every ballot cast in a recent Proposition 2½ override vote in a recount this afternoon. Starting at 1 p.m. in Town Hall, each of the 524 ballots from the July 8 vote will be recounted by hand. The public is … 0

Work underway at Conway ballfield

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

CONWAY — Water-logged baseball games and muddy festivals at Conway’s town ballfield may soon be a thing of the past, now that work to fix storm water drainage issues on the property has officially begun this week — after a long and complicated process. The improvements will be … 0

Detox, stabilization treatment centers coming to Franklin County to help fight opioid addiction

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

After years fighting a growing opioid addiction problem with no local detox option but a jail cell or a bed on the hospital’s mental health floor reserved for the suicidal, the drug detoxification center promised by Gov. Deval Patrick took a step closer to reality this week. And … 0

Toll scam ‘E-Z’ money for crooks

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A new email scam that popped up this month may seem like highway robbery ... and some may be paying a high price as a result. People across the country have fallen victim to a new scam that … 0

Franklin County health boards fight flu clinic change

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DEERFIELD — Because of a state policy change, Franklin County boards of health are having to fight to make sure this year is not the last year that towns can run community flu clinics. The state Department of Public Health is now limiting cities and towns to giving … 0

Plant your ideas for FRTA service at Greenfield Farmers Market Saturday

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — Amid all the zucchini and tomatoes, the plan is to sprout ideas about public transit. Saturday’s Greenfield Farmers Market may have plenty of ears of corn this weekend, but it will also have the ears of transportation planners, listening to people’s ideas about what’s needed to … 0

Long-time Deerfield, Whately patrolman remembered

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DEERFIELD — They called him “The Colonel.” That’s the nickname that Deerfield Police Chief John Paciorek Jr, said members of his department gave part-time patrolman Robert “Eric” Seaholm for his uncanny ability to “politely and respectfully” take charge … 0

Co-op, Orange libraries team up for food demo, art event on Saturday

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

ORANGE — On Saturday, the Quabbin Harvest Community Market and the Friends of the Orange Public Libraries are teaming up with an event to highlight their combined efforts to get people reading — and to provide co-op member shares to local families in need. The event, which takes … 0

Northfield community picnic set for Saturday

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Local music, local food and local folk will come together for a community picnic Saturday. Transition Northfield is inviting the town to its fourth annual picnic from noon to 2 p.m. at Kiwanis Park on School Street. Entertainment will include children’s singer and storyteller David Bates, … 0