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This year, Mike's Maze, seen in this aerial photo, is based on the classic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." It features Alice herself, as well as other iconic images like the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter's hat, all cut into the Sunderland cornfield.

Alice in Sunderland: The high-tech making of this fall’s Mike’s Maze is a family affair

Friday, September 4, 2015

SUNDERLAND — This fall, it won’t take a trip down any rabbit holes along the banks of the Connecticut River to experience Sunderland’s own version of Wonderland. At Warner’s Farm on South Main Street, this year’s design for Mike’s Maze features Alice herself, the Cheshire Cat and some very unhappy pink flamingos. While answering a series of trivia questions correctly … 0

Fried dough and french fries in danger? Local fair vendors fear effects of new fire codes

Friday, September 4, 2015

GREENFIELD — Imagine the Franklin County Fair without the scent of fried dough made by a local farm or the taste of fresh, hand-cut fries … 0

Kulik seeks to reform intervenor process at state DPU

Friday, September 4, 2015

Rep. Stephen Kulik was among those denied full intervenor status during the state Department of Public Utilities proceedings that allowed Berkshire Gas Co. to become … 0

Good beer for a good cause

Thursday, September 3, 2015

NEW SALEM — The Hilltown Brewfest is returning for an eighth year with good beer for a good cause. The annual event, which benefits local fire departments, will take place Sept. 12 from noon to 5 p.m. at Cooleyville Junction, 837 Daniel Shays Highway. The festival was attended … 0

Three County Fair fires up this weekend

Thursday, September 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Visitors at the Three County Fair this weekend can expect to enjoy old favorites such as the demolition derby and the exhibit hall with 15-foot sunflowers and giant pumpkins, as well as some additions — including … 0

Pizza shop makes way for Mexican food

Thursday, September 3, 2015

ORANGE — Amid the town’s sub shops, pizza places and Chinese restaurants, Dennis Bratcher and his girlfriend Elizabeth Rivera decided to do something different. The location that used to be the old Orange House of Pizza and more recently Carlucci’s Pizza, is now the couple’s dream, Midnight Mexican. … 0

3 charged in Turners restaurant robbery

Thursday, September 3, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Three Franklin County residents have been charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault and battery following an incident last month at Cece’s Chinese Restaurant. Police allege that Turners Falls resident Abby Mason, 31, of 77 Second Street, Turners Falls; her 30-year-old brother Justin Mason, of … 0

Hawlemont Ag program gears up for growth

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

HAWLEMONT — The chickens started school Tuesday night, in time to greet the 105 schoolchildren Wednesday for year 2 of the Hawlemont Regional School’s new agricultural curriculum. The cows, goats and sheep will come next week — after … 0

Main St.’s Magical Child owner looking to pass the toy store torch

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — The landmark downtown toy store that has been on Main Street since 1995 is for sale. Mary Walsh-Martel, owner of Magical Child, said after 32 years in business, it’s time for her to pass the torch … 0

Telemarketing the pipeline: Kinder Morgan cold calls seek support for gas project

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The proposed developer of a nearly 420-mile natural gas pipeline through eight Franklin County towns has been conducting telephone sampling about its Northeast Energy Direct project, for which it plans to submit a formal application next month with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. “In our ongoing effort to … 0

Pizza shop makes way for Mexican food

Thursday, September 3, 2015

ORANGE — Amid the town’s sub shops, pizza places and Chinese restaurants, Dennis Bratcher and his girlfriend Elizabeth Rivera decided to do something different. The location that used to be the old Orange House of Pizza and more recently Carlucci’s Pizza, is now the couple’s dream, Midnight Mexican. … 0

3 charged in Turners restaurant robbery

Thursday, September 3, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Three Franklin County residents have been charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault and battery following an incident last month at Cece’s Chinese Restaurant. Police allege that Turners Falls resident Abby Mason, 31, of 77 Second Street, Turners Falls; her 30-year-old brother Justin Mason, of … 0

Locals react to “Deflategate” ruling

Thursday, September 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — After New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension was overturned by a federal judge Thursday morning, football fans in Greenfield were elated and relieved, for the most part. While some area residents felt justice had … 0