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The power of Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Thanksgiving is about food and family, even when you’re not at home. On Thursday morning, while many lucky enough to have power after Wednesday’s snowstorm cooked for family and friends, members of the Montague Elks Lodge and volunteers cooked for everyone. By noon, the 15 volunteers had already cooked and packaged 115 Thanksgiving dinners for Meals on … 0

More than 10K spend holiday without electricity

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thursday evening Colrain firefighters staffing the station since the night before joined thousands of households around the county in trying to celebrate Thanksgiving with no … 0

Baby on board while behind bars

Thursday, November 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — At any given time, 6 to 8 percent of incarcerated women are pregnant, local women’s rights activists say. Jailed women too often lack … 0

Greenfield parking kiosk lots to be free Fridays, Saturdays

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — Starting Friday through Jan 3. All parking in kiosk lots in town will be free on Fridays and Saturdays. That’s a change from recent years when parking during the holiday shopping season was free every day of the week. “It is my intention to assist the … 0

A time of thanks ... and fires

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

This Thanksgiving, firefighting authorities would like families and home cooks to keep “not being on fire” on their list of blessings. For the past five years Thanksgiving has been the single day with the most fires, according to the state Fire Marshal’s Office. “Thanksgiving is a wonderful family … 0

Fast trains pose threat

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The train is coming. And it’s fast. Amtrak’s Vermonter, traveling at speeds of nearly 80 mph, will be so much faster than the “clickety-clack” freight trains now on the tracks, in fact, that police and other safety officials … 0

Area elders face cuts

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — Poor elders in Franklin County wanting to stay at home may have a tougher time doing so with proposed statewide cuts to elder and home care services set to take effect. Across the state, elder services are bracing for $2.3 million in cuts to their budgets, … 0

Erving OKs money for legal fund, mill

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

ERVING — The town looked to its defenses this week, moving surplus money to prepare for a legal fight with its largest taxpayer and, in separate articles, setting aside money to secure and dispose of the latest old mill to land in the town’s lap. The special town … 0

Panel considers cleanup issues at Vt. Yankee site

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — How deep do you need to dig? How clean is “clean”? And for what future purpose is the site of Vermont Yankee being prepared? Those were some of the questions bandied about Thursday night during a meeting of the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizen Advisory Panel. … 0

Pipeline execs contributed to Baker gubernatorial campaign

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Five top executives of Kinder Morgan — the Houston-based corporation that hopes to build a pipeline through Massachusetts — each made maximum allowable personal contributions the campaign of Gov.-elect Charlie Baker, according to state campaign finance records. The $500 contributions — all made on Election Day — went … 0

Springfield casino taps local beer co.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

DEERFIELD — There might not be a “sure bet” at any casino, but one local company’s deal with the coming Springfield casino seems like a guaranteed win. Berkshire Brewing Co. has inked an agreement to have its pints poured at MGM Springfield. “We are thrilled to announce this … 0

Ashfield assessment values available in Town Hall

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

ASHFIELD — New property values are rising about 1 percent on average. The state Department of Revenue has completed its preliminary review of the town’s new property revaluation and proposed assessments for all tax classes of property for this fiscal year. According to the Board of Assessors, the … 0

Deerfield Notebook

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Register today DEERFIELD — Town Clerk Barbara J. Hancock will hold voter registration hours in Deerfield today from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. for residents to register to vote in the Dec. 8 special town meeting. Today will be the last day to register for the special town … 0