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Nicole Hamer, of Northampton, tosses her daughter Tali Cohen-Hamer, 6, in the swim area Tuesday at the DAR State Forest in Goshen.

Dam repair project to shut down DAR State Forest for rest of season

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

GOSHEN — The DAR State Forest will close to the public for the season Tuesday while repairs are made to the dam on Highland Lake. The price tag for the project, which includes both engineering and construction, is $2.55 million. “The entire park will be closed to everybody,” said Goshen Conservation Commission member Norene Roberts. “I know this will be … 0

Telemarketing the pipeline: Kinder Morgan cold calls seek support for gas project

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The proposed developer of a nearly 420-mile natural gas pipeline through eight Franklin County towns has been conducting telephone sampling about its Northeast Energy Direct … 0

Tech school adds college-prep, AP courses

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Classes started this week at Franklin County Technical School for the 38th time, but for the first time with advanced college placement … 0

Shelburne Grange Fair attracts multiple generations

Sunday, August 30, 2015

SHELBURNE — Six-year-old L.J. Giguere knelt down in a shady spot under a tent at the 69th annual Shelburne Grange Fair Saturday afternoon and helped her 2-year-old sister, Grace, reach into the “Pocket Lady’s” apron and grab a … 0

Report to FERC details Deerfield’s archaeological value

Sunday, August 30, 2015

DEERFIELD — The commissioner of the Deerfield Historical Commission and the director of Historic Deerfield have submitted a report to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission raising concerns about how the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. natural gas pipeline could affect archaeological sites along its route. The report, authored by … 1

Canal walks continue as Discovery Center adjusts to federal cutbacks

Sunday, August 30, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Great Falls Discovery Center guide Janel Nockleby dwelled on resilience in a walking tour along the Connecticut River and the Power Canal, the first of which has overcome serious pollution and the second lined with … 0

Back from battling western wildfires

Sunday, August 30, 2015

MONTAGUE — Two firefighters from Montague were among a crew of 20 that returned home Wednesday after battling blazes in Oregon for the past two weeks. Walker Korby and Ezra Ward worked alongside eight other municipal firefighters and … 0

New fire chief, but a familiar face

Sunday, August 30, 2015

ORANGE — Born and raised in Orange, James Young Jr., the town’s new fire chief, has many goals in store for the squad as he transitions into his new position. First, he intends to fill two vacant entry-level … 0

Whately will ask voters for money to fix historic window

Sunday, August 30, 2015

WHATELY — When a microburst tore through southern Franklin County last month, it broke more than tree branches and power lines, according to Whately Town Administrator Mark Pruhenski: one of the Palladian-style windows on the facade of Whately’s … 0

West County Notebook

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Buckland questions Mohawk pre-school costs tonight BUCKLAND — Changing the Mohawk Trail Regional School District agreement to include Mohawk’s new preschool program will be discussed tonight, at the 7 p.m. meeting of the Mohawk School Committee. Buckland’s Board of Selectmen have questioned the legality of putting it into … 0

Greenfield looking for fix to long traffic lights

Friday, August 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — A town councilor is leading the crusade to fix Greenfield’s traffic lights before someone gets hurt. “People sit through two or three cycles at some of the town’s intersections, and they get very impatient,” said Precinct … 4

Pioneer may take N.H. town’s students

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Pioneer Valley Regional School’s high school program hasn’t gone unnoticed by its New Hampshire neighbors. Winchester, N.H., is considering sending its high school students to Pioneer, a prospect that local school officials find attractive. Winchester has … 0

10 years later, reflections on Hurricane Katrina and it aftermath

Friday, August 28, 2015

“It was a sunny day. I had no cares. Everything was right with the world.” Walking down her New Orleans street with her 2-year-old daughter and six months pregnant, Tracy Keller recalls, “We enjoyed life. Everything was great. … 0