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Tech School toothbrushes to help spread smiles in Ghana. Turners woman returns for sixth dental aid trip

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Dental hygienist Heather Lonergan has made a habit of spending her vacations spreading dental health in Ghana, and this year she will go armed with toothbrushes collected by the students and staff of Franklin County Technical School. Lonergan said she usually brings 1,200 toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and dental floss. A drive at the Tech School, where Lonergan’s … 0

Advanced manufacturing a potential strength for western Mass.

Friday, February 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — Rick Sullivan’s bullishness about the Western Massachusetts economy’s potential should come as little surprise, since he’s the president and chief executive officer of … 0

Mohawk puts free preschool in $18.3 million budget plan

Friday, February 27, 2015

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee has adopted an $18,364,099 budget for the coming year, a budget that represents a 3.6 percent … 0

Community crisis response team to hold open house

Thursday, February 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Community Crisis Response Team at Clinical & Support Options Inc. will hold an open house on Tuesday at their new home at One Arch Place. The open house from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. will include an overview of program offerings, refreshments, as well as … 0

Amherst asks bars to tone down Blarney Blowout promo

Thursday, February 26, 2015

AMHERST — If negotiations underway are successful two downtown bars that created and served as ground zero for the Blarney Blowout promotion for more than a decade will delay their opening March 7, improving the possibility of a quieter Blarney this year. Town Manager John Musante is engaged … 0

Athol bookstore turning last page

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

ATHOL — Diane Lincoln said that when she opened Bruce’s Browser bookstore the economy was doing fine and e-readers hadn’t yet appeared. All of that changed very quickly, and after a decade in business, the Main Street bookstore … 0

Bernardston crash kills 24-year-old

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BERNARDSTON — A single-car crash took the life of a 24-year-old local woman Wednesday. Malerie Kidder was pronounced dead at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, according to Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. Kidder was driving her Mazda sedan north on South Street around 7 a.m. … 0

Court OKs sale of Lamson property

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BUCKLAND — U.S. Bankruptcy Court will let the indebted Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co. sell off part of its 18-acre complex at 45 Conway St. in hopes that will help it emerge from its financial woes and set … 0

Franklin Community Co-op members look at GMO policies

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

GMOs — genetically modified organisms — are coming to Franklin Community Co-op as a topic, and a hot one at that. The co-op’s Non-GMO Committee will be bringing the issue before the membership’s annual meeting Sunday, along with … 0

Sun burned

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Proposed state laws on solar-electric generation would discourage home, small-scale commercial and community photovoltaic projects, legislators were told Wednesday. Nearly 24 advocates for keeping state policies that encourage as much solar development as possible pressed a legislative task … 0

Vt. AG pushes NRC to look into Entergy finances

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Vermont’s attorney general has endorsed a petition filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission raising concerns about Entergy Nuclear’s ability to pay for decommissioning the shutdown Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, and seeking an investigation into its fiscal health in … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bowling alley liquor license transfer OK’d SHELBURNE — Prospective Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley owners Anthony and Tamarack Hanna are within striking distance of buying the 109-year-old candlepin bowling center, now that selectmen have approved their request for a full-service liquor license transfer. The Hannas, who are longtime customers … 0

Argotec leasing Channing Bete warehouse

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — The plastic-film manufacturer that recently received a tax break from the town in exchange for adding 50 jobs over the next five years has signed a long-term lease with another manufacturer to use its warehouse in … 0