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Sea of tires

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — It looks like the local watershed council will have a bigger job than it thought it would when it begins its annual Source to the Sea riverbank cleanup this year because it recently discovered a sea of an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 tires dumped along the Deerfield River. Maureen Pollock, the town’s conservation agent and assistant planner, said … 0

Serving in the hospital, and in the community

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — This year, new Baystate Franklin Medical Center President Steven Bradley will be using his political and community development skills to help mobilize people … 0

Fast and perilous

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — Phil Brown is scared that someone is going to get hurt or worse along a stretch of Munson Street that runs from Fairview … 0

Tilton Library to hold art auction

Monday, September 15, 2014

DEERFIELD — Looking for a new piece of art to hang above the mantel? The Friends of the Tilton Library might be able to help. The group will hold a month-long art auction in the library between September and October. The auction, which will feature work by local … 0

MassDEP approves Whately’s Mill River stabilization plan

Sunday, September 14, 2014

WHATELY — Whately has cleared a major obstacle in its quest to stabilize the banks of the Mill River before they collapse and contaminate the town’s drinking water supply. During a meeting Friday afternoon, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection presented town officials with an Authorization of Emergency … 0

Wi-Fi, mediation on Ashfield special town meeting agenda

Sunday, September 14, 2014

ASHFIELD — Special town meeting voters will be asked to approve or reject a plan to set up wireless Internet service for town center residents, using box-shaped antennas on the Town Hall steeple. They will also weigh in on whether town officials should hire a mediator to help … 0

UMass Amherst gets $1M to help veterans enter nursing workforce

Sunday, September 14, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing has received a three-year, $1 million federal grant to implement “Heroes into Health Care: Veterans Entering the Nursing Workforce,” a program designed to increase the number and percentage of ethnic minority and disadvantaged veterans who successfully complete a … 0

‘Old’ 78 festival turns five

Sunday, September 14, 2014

WARWICK — A Saturday shindig will likely be the biggest backyard barbecue Warwick’s seen all year — and you’re invited. The Old 78 Farm Fall Festival is not a festival celebrating farms. It’s also not old. It’s not … 0

Schools offer curriculum to help resist drugs, risks

Sunday, September 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — Through a new curriculum, middle school students throughout Franklin County will learn how to handle critical life skills from conflict resolution to anger management to coping with anxiety. On Sept. 22, 20 teachers from 10 area school districts will be trained to deliver the Botvin LifeSkills … 0

Sweet lessons at honey festival

Sunday, September 14, 2014

DEERFIELD — At most outdoor gatherings, close encounters with bees are generally considered something to be avoided. But at Deerfield’s Warm Colors Apiary this weekend, that notion was turned on its head. The apiary was abuzz with beekeeping … 0

Close call for Deerfield garage fire

Sunday, September 14, 2014

DEERFIELD — A fire Saturday afternoon at 15 Kelleher Drive left a room off the garage uninhabitable but hurt no one. South Deerfield Fire Chief William Swasey said the first engine on scene extinguished the fire, which firefighters and the Massachusetts Fire Marshal’s office determined to be the … 0

Will $150K be enough to save Mahar dam?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

ORANGE — Will available funding be enough to save Mahar dam? That is the question for discussion at the next Mahar School Committee Finance and Facilities meeting slated for 2 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the school. The … 0

Montague senior center planners hired

Sunday, September 14, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Montague has hired the firm Catlin and Petrovick Architects for the planning study to lay the grounds for a new senior center. The Montague Board of Selectmen approved Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority Community Development Director MJ Adams’s recommendation to hire the firm … 0