Watershed moment

Monday, July 21, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Connecticut River below the Turners Falls-Gill Dam was uncharacteristically high and fast this weekend, and filled with boaters. Relicensing project manager John Howard of FirstLight said the usual summertime flow over the dam into the section of the river bypassing the power canal is about 120 cubic feet per second. On Sunday afternoon, the flow measured … 0

WMECO closes Greenfield building

Monday, July 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Western Massachusetts Electric Co. has closed its service center in Greenfield, but six of its more than 20 employees who worked out of … 0

Deerfield looks to sell surplus property

Monday, July 21, 2014

DEERFIELD — In an effort to help bolster the town’s finances, Deerfield is planning to unload a number of town-owned properties for which it has … 0

Franklin County, Athol work to monitor their own overdoses

Friday, July 18, 2014

How do you deal with a problem you can’t pin down until years after the fact? Those seeking to address the heroin problem in this area are not content to live with that situation, so a system is being put into place to provide numbers on overdoses years … 0

‘Dig Safe’ stakes tampered with in Leverett broadband buildout

Friday, July 18, 2014

LEVERETT — Someone has removed and replaced several “Dig Safe” stakes in a part of town where utility poles are being installed for high-speed broadband, and police are warning that anyone who does it again could face criminal … 1

Alleged heroin trafficker arraigned in Superior Court

Friday, July 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — Heroin trafficking charges against a Westfield man have been brought before Franklin Superior Court. Antonio Rivera III, 28, also known as “Gizmo,” of 9 Leonard St. in Westfield, pleaded innocent to charges of trafficking in heroin … 0

Greenfield Town Council to vote on veto of noise ordinance

Friday, July 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — Town Council will vote Tuesday night to either override or sustain the mayor’s veto of a noise ordinance the council passed last month. But it appears the council may not have enough votes to override the veto, because at least five councilors have expressed concerns with … 0

Deerfield man charged in Superior Court with third OUI offense

Friday, July 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — A Deerfield man has been charged in Superior Court with injuring a pregnant woman in a drunken driving accident — which would be his third, if he is convicted. Michael Thorpe, 54, of 784 River Road, pleaded innocent Friday to charges of operating under the influence, … 0

Sunday’s Dana Vespers concert goes on

Friday, July 18, 2014

NEW SALEM — Just like the four towns that were flooded to create Quabbin Reservoir, a memorial concert planned for Sunday almost disappeared. But following a reversal of a decision that would have seized control of the First Universalist Parish of North Dana’s trust funds last month, the … 0

Heath road paving starts Monday

Friday, July 18, 2014

HEATH — Road paving will begin Monday from Number Nine Road, from the intersection of Route 8A to Groll Road, and from Groll Road to the Rowe town line and Stone Hill Road from Number Nine Road to the Rowe town line. Any questions, call the Highway Dept. … 0

Fireworks company under fire

Thursday, July 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Mayor William Martin says the town will not accept an agreement with the New Hampshire company that has been providing Greenfield’s Fourth of July fireworks display for the past 20 years until an investigation into whether … 0

Greenfield to replace streetlights with LEDs

Thursday, July 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — The town has received close to $200,000 from the state to replace its street lights with energy-saving LED lights. Mayor William Martin said the $199,754 the town received from the state Department of Energy Resources will be used for the upgrade to all town street lighting, … 0

Montague barn rebuilding becoming contentious

Thursday, July 17, 2014

MONTAGUE — History, the planned vs. actual layout of a less than half-mile road and the future of a broader state-funded road and bridge repair are all at issue as a local couple look to rebuild two Hatchery … 0