Iron Bridge to be repaved

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The iconic Iron Bridge is not just the main artery between Shelburne and Buckland, it’s also the only winter walkway connecting both sides of the village. Besides its role in traffic, the Iron Bridge is the parade route of choice for every holiday parade. Thousands of runners in the Bridge of Flowers Road Race cross it to … 0

Mayor to give each precinct money for projects

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Each of the town’s nine precincts will soon get a boost if Town Council accepts an offer by the mayor of $130,000 from … 0

Question 3 asks voters to weigh in on casino decision

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Place your bets: Will casinos in Massachusetts win money for cities and towns, or will they cost local aid through lost lottery revenue, as ballot … 0

No-go for Greenfield sick-leave hearing

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Human Right’s Commission was unable to hold Monday’s scheduled hearing on the state’s universal sick leave ballot question, Question 4, in the absence of members and the speaker. With only three of nine members present, the commission did not have the quorum necessary to … 0

Portrait sessions to raise money for United Way

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — Local hospital employees are sponsoring a family portrait opportunity at Hallmark Institute of Photography to raise money for the United Way of Franklin County. The portrait sessions are Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hallmark Institute of Photography, Industrial Boulevard, off Millers Falls … 0

UMass student found dead in dorm

Monday, October 20, 2014

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts student died at McNamara dormitory in the Sylvan residential area Sunday night, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. A campuswide email sent Monday afternoon informed students, faculty and staff that Chloe Malast, a member of the Commonwealth Honors College from Needham, … 0

Mohawk teenager’s summer to remember

Sunday, October 19, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Ask Briel Gibson, 17, of Shelburne Falls how she spent her summer vacation, and she’s likely to tell you one of three things: 1) She spent two weeks rooting out invasive plant species from the … 0

GCC to add farm ed courses for 2015

Sunday, October 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Old MacDonald had a farm, but could he make a living? With a grant of almost $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Greenfield Community College will start up new courses in sustainable agriculture, along with free teacher-training workshops for local high school teachers who are … 0

South County towns to host drive-through flu clinic Sunday

Sunday, October 19, 2014

DEERFIELD — Fast food? Try fast flu shots. That’s what the towns of Deerfield, Conway, Sunderland and Whately will be offering their residents this coming Sunday during a free drive-thru flu shot clinic in the parking lot of Yankee Candle’s headquarters on Yankee Candle Way in Deerfield. This … 0

Historians and Greenfield mayor want Wiley & Russell Dam to stay

Sunday, October 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Though it doesn’t appear a decision will be made in the near future, people are still debating the fate of the 78-year-old timber crib dam that spans the Green River at Meridian Street. For more than … 0

Paid sick leave ballot question topic of public hearing today

Sunday, October 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — The town Human Rights Commission will hold a public hearing on proposed state ballot Question 4 on sick leave today at 6 p.m. at the Town Hall meeting room. Question 4 proposes to entitle employees in Massachusetts to the benefits of earned sick time. If approved … 0

Deerfield Arts Bank offers new classes

Sunday, October 19, 2014

DEERFIELD — As the leaves begin to lose their verdant hue and shift their palette to shades of orange, red and yellow, it’s difficult to resist the urge to stop on the side of the road and immortalize that once-a-year moment with your camera or smartphone. Now, Jane … 0

Saturday night bridge accident

Sunday, October 19, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Festival-goers at the northern end of the Franklin County Pumpkinfest on Sunday evening were briefly distracted by lights and sirens on the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge, as a driver was allegedly distracted by something shortly before a crash. Montague police and Turners Falls firefighters responded to … 0