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Baker talks energy, budget during Yankee Candle visit

Thursday, May 28, 2015

WHATELY — Yankee Candle is Franklin County’s largest employer and during a short visit Thursday afternoon, Gov. Charlie Baker called it a success story to be replicated across the state. During a short tour of the Pioneer Valley Thursday afternoon, Baker stopped by the company’s production facility in Whately, where he toured the factory floor, spoke with employees and held … 2

Arts Block, Pushkin have new owner; local periodontist outbids local developer for downtown buildings

Thursday, May 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — The local developer who wanted to buy two landmark buildings in the heart of downtown has been outbid by a Greenfield periodontist. Steven … 1

Greenfield offers Northfield resident assistant supt. job

Thursday, May 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee Thursday night voted to offer the newly created job of assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and professional development to … 0

World Eye Bookshop late on payments; needs $15,000 by end of week

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The owner of a local iconic bookstore, which has been in Greenfield for more than 40 years, says she is considering closing if business does not pick up. World Eye Bookshop owner Jessica Mullins said she … 0

Stone Soup Cafe: Feeding the hungry, building community

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Three years ago, founders created Stone Soup Cafe as a way to bring a wholesome weekly meal to a diverse local population, though many are low-income or homeless. Rebecca King, who serves on the cafe’s board, … 0

Experts offer legal, technical advice to communities in pipeline’s path

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Although less heated than many forums about the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project that would cross eight Franklin County towns, a two-hour meeting hosted by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments raised several legal and technical considerations for many of the roughly 60 municipal officials and … 1

Mayoral candidate to hold public forum Sunday

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — The High Street resident who has decided to run against Mayor William Martin this year will kick-off her “Every Voter Matters” campaign Sunday at 1 p.m. at Greenfield Gardens Community Center on Pray Drive by holding … 0

Town Councilor kicks off campaign with her band

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Town Council Vice President, who also happens to be Precinct 7 Councilor Karen “Rudy” Renaud, has decided to run for a four-year at-large seat on the council this year, and she’s kicking off her campaign Sunday by performing with her new band Vote For Rudy. … 0

Charlemont hires administrator

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CHARLEMONT — At last year’s annual town meeting, voters agreed to hire their first town administrator. At Tuesday night’s annual town meeting, many townspeople met her for the first time. Margaret “Peg” Dean began working for the town this spring, to oversee daily operations and to handle responsibilities … 0

Dems to caucus at Elm Terrace Saturday

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — A caucus will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in the community room at Elm Terrace to elect delegates to attend this year’s Massachusetts Democratic state convention, according to the Greenfield Democratic Town Committee. The theme for this year’s convention is focused on an “action agenda,” … 0

Reynolds wins seat on Board of Selectmen

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Sarah Reynolds, a six-year member on the Board of Assessors, won her first election to the Board of Selectmen by a vote of 241-29 against her opponent, Charles Ricko. There were no other contests in Tuesday’s … 0

Knowledge over stigma: Franklin County Opioid Task Force focuses on changing perceptions of addiction

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Why don’t people get help for addiction? Because they get treated like addicts. Tuesday’s meeting of the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin focused on changing minds by looking at how minds work, with Dr. Ruth Potee of Valley Medical Group laying … 0

Orloski seeks seat on Whately Board of Selectmen

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

WHATELY — The race is on in Whately with Assessor Frederick P. Orloski looking to unseat Whately Board of Selectmen chairwoman Joyce Palmer Fortune during the town’s elections June 9. Though Fortune is the incumbent, the two-term selectman will still be facing an uphill battle of sorts: her … 0