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Greenfield councilor writes 2nd book

Monday, January 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Marian Kelner has had several careers in her lifetime — massage therapist, English teacher to people who speak other languages, and now she currently serves the town as its Precinct 1 town councilor. One of her greatest passions, though, is writing, she said. Kelner has published her second book, “May We Be Like the Penguin,” a collection of … 0

New brewery planned for Orange Innovation Center

Monday, January 26, 2015

ORANGE — It may be snowing outside today, but beer will be pouring soon in Orange. Friends Sean Nolan and Jay Sullivan have signed a … 0

Bidders for school business job under review

Monday, January 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town of Greenfield and The Management Solutions were among two entities that bid for the temporary school business management job. Superintendent Jordana … 0

Work key to breaking jail cycle

Friday, January 23, 2015

The last place any community wants a revolving door is its jail, but that’s what Franklin County Sheriff Chris Donelan found when he arrived at the house of correction four years ago. “They came there for six months … 0

Ashfield man aims to buy Lamson buildings

Friday, January 23, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — An Ashfield resident has offered to buy most of the Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co. complex for $1.3 million, pending the outcome of a U.S. Bankruptcy Court hearing scheduled for Feb. 25, at 11:30 a.m. … 0

Pyers resigns: After paid leave, Greenfield economic development director leaves post

Friday, January 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s economic development director has resigned as of Feb. 2 at 5 p.m., and the mayor said Friday he is taking some responsibility for the 63-year-old official’s decision. Robert Pyers of Florence, who has been … 0

Former co-op manager charged with embezzlement held on $75,000 bail

Friday, January 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Bail for Dwight Gaddis, the former general manager of the Franklin Community Cooperative accused of stealing $60,000 from the member-owned food co-op, was set at $75,000 cash during his arraignment in Franklin County Superior Court Friday. … 0

Rollover closes Barton Road

Friday, January 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Part of Barton Road was closed for about an hour Friday night when a pick-up rolled onto its side, forcing emergency responders to break the front window to extract the driver. Capt. Andrew Garvin of the Greenfield Fire Department said the accident occurred around 7:27 p.m. … 0

Small fire briefly shuts down three businesses on Mohawk Trail

Friday, January 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — A small fire in a heating unit on the roof of the Taco Bell on the Mohawk Trail caused the fast-food restaurant to close for about an hour Friday afternoon, along with the nearby Valero gas station and McDonald’s, according to the Greenfield Fire Department. Captain … 0

WMECO changes business name

Friday, January 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — When you receive your February electric bill, it won’t be from Western Mass. Electric Co. Northeast Utilities, the parent company of WMECO, announced Friday it will begin doing business under the new brand name of Eversource Energy on Feb. 2. All of the NU subsidiaries, including … 0

Rowe special town meeting Wednesday

Friday, January 23, 2015

ROWE — The town will hold a special town meeting Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. to seek voter approval for one item: authorization to temporarily use $400,000 from the Capital Stabilization Fund for operating funds until this year’s tax payments have come in. The meeting takes place inside the … 0

Renting college textbooks online can save money

Friday, January 23, 2015

AMHERST — At a time when University of Massachusetts students spend about $1,200 a year on textbooks, would the authors of the nearly $300 “Essentials of Investments” advise students to buy a new copy of their own book? That was not the path chosen by finance major Curtis … 0

A bridge to China

Thursday, January 22, 2015

MILLERS FALLS — Documentarian Richard Widmer, lately of Beijing, has purchased the former St. John’s Church with plans to establish a cultural bridgehead to the Chinese contemporary art world. A Somerville native, Widmer said he encountered Franklin County … 0