Music in old St. Anne’s

Monday, April 20, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — There’s music in the nave of the St. Anne’s church again, nine years after the diocese closed the Roman Catholic church and five years since John Anctil began his plan to transform the former church into a live music and filming venue. Anctil stores equipment for his lighting and grip business FastLights in the ground floor of … 0

Chinese teacher coming to Mohawk

Monday, April 20, 2015

BUCKLAND — This school year, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District had two full-time students from China. But next year, Mohawk will also have a … 0

Montague woman needs a new heart

Monday, April 20, 2015

MONTAGUE — Carrie Cromack said she thought she had pneumonia, and the doctors she consulted thought she was stressed and needed to rest. That was … 0

Greenfield accessory apartment ordinance withdrawn temporarily

Friday, April 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s Planning Board has decided to temporarily withdraw a proposed ordinance that would allow homeowners in all residential districts to add small apartments to their single-family homes. Board Chairwoman Roxann Wedegartner said withdrawing the Accessory Dwelling Units ordinance will give the board more time to … 0

Parking garage part of Greenfield capital request

Friday, April 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — The mayor has included enough money in next year’s $7.4 million capital budget for a municipal parking garage, to implement a municipal light plant, if voters approve it in November, a new marked cruiser, generators for Town Hall and the middle school, new fire equipment and … 0

SJC ruling on Erving retiree insurance sets state precedent

Friday, April 17, 2015

ERVING — A suit over town retiree health insurance benefits has set a statewide precedent. In 2012, Charlene Galenski retired after six years as principal of Erving Elementary School. The town told her she could keep her municipal health insurance, but would have to pay the $1,200 monthly … 0

Shays’ Rebellion letter by Deerfield militiaman sells for $35,000

Friday, April 17, 2015

DEERFIELD – An unpublished letter describing an account by a Deerfield militiaman of the principal battle of Shays’ Rebellion has sold at auction this week for $35,000. An unidentified private collector bid on the 228-year-old letter written by … 0

Montague arson accomplice pleads guilty

Friday, April 17, 2015

MONTAGUE — A Greenfield man who helped burn down his friends’ parents’ barns has been sentenced to state prison after pleading guilty Friday. Matthew Tetreault, 19, of 114 Maple St., pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to charges of arson of a dwelling, burning the contents of a … 0

Pioneer board signs contract for new supt.

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District has a new superintendent, as long as her background checks out. Ruth Miller, current superintendent of the Narragansett Regional School District, has accepted the position. As long as her state-required criminal history and fingerprint checks come back clean, she’ll replace … 0

Shelburne educator hired as Worthington principal

Friday, April 17, 2015

Worthington has hired Gretchen Morse-Dobosz of Shelburne to be principal of the R.H. Conwell elementary school. The School Committee was seeking a principal who had experience with multi-aged elementary classrooms and could easily communicate with others and be … 0

Broadband assistance for town meetings

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute has scheduled two informal meetings next week to assist towns as they move toward discussion of broadband expansion at upcoming town meetings. MBI will review the status of last-mile projects in unserved towns without broadband, provide information on the grant application process by which … 0

Public hearing set for proposed Savoy Road bridge replacement

Friday, April 17, 2015

HAWLEY — The state Department of Transportation will hold a design public hearing for a proposed $1.3 million Savoy Road bridge replacement over the Chickley River. The hearing will be held on April 28 at 6 p.m. in the Town Office. The new bridge is to replace a … 0

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission aided by United Way

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth of six stories that show how United Way helps the people of Franklin County. GREENFIELD — Every Thursday, Rob Fiedler and Jordan Welsh, both of Greenfield, meet up to go bowling, see … 0