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Berkshire East’s Thunder Mountain Bike Park opens Wednesday

Monday, June 29, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Berkshire East this week formally opens its newest offering into the recreational sports arena, an extensive lift-serviced downhill mountain bike park. The Thunder Mountain Bike Park opens with 35 miles of single-track mountain bike trails Wednesday. The mountain’s Sky Trac Quad Chairlift installed in 2014 made building a mountain bike park possible. The downhill bike course was designed … 0

Designer of Vt. Yankee nuke waste containers touts their toughness

Monday, June 29, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The president of the company that designs and sells the giant concrete and steel casks that will store Vermont Yankee’s waste for … 0

Erving votes to ban fracked gas pipelines at special town meeting Monday

Monday, June 29, 2015

ERVING — A crowd in the Erving Elementary School Gymnasium erupted in cheers and applause after voters approved a resolution to ban fracked gas pipelines … 0

Gas pipeline ‘need’ based on winter peak demand

Friday, June 26, 2015

The “need” for a proposed $5 billion natural gas pipeline scrutinized this week by state officials — and in the months ahead by federal authorities — is for a winter peak of just 30 to 40 days a … 1

Institute that made report detailing pipeline job creation has ties to Koch brothers

Friday, June 26, 2015

A new report funded by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. says construction of its Northeast Energy Direct pipeline would create 1,713 jobs in the state, and that the impact could be over 12,000 jobs by 2020. But the report, by Suffolk University’s Beacon Hill Institute, with ties to the … 0

Rosenberg, Healy, Baker respond to Court ruling

Friday, June 26, 2015

“It’s a momentous time,” said state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, the state’s first openly gay Senate president. “In 10 years’ time, we went from the first state in the country recognizing in its constitution’s equal protection clause the allowance for same-sex marriage, to a ruling by the U.S. … 0

Area legislators give look at evolving budget

Friday, June 26, 2015

While they weren’t able to talk about the details of a finished state budget as they have in years past, state legislators at Friday’s annual Franklin County Chamber of Commerce legislative breakfast did highlight several initiatives taking shape … 0

Donation to GCC Foundation sets up new scholarships

Friday, June 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The late Arthur E. Neipp, although never able to attend college, ensured that his three children and seven grandchildren were able to do so. And now, with a $115,000 bequest in his will to the GCC … 0

Warwick Town Hall hosts renowned cellist Sunday

Friday, June 26, 2015

WARWICK — Acclaimed cellist Tony Rymer — son of Warwick resident Cheri Robartes — will perform several classical pieces during a free event Sunday at 1 p.m. in Warwick’s Town Hall. Rymer was home-schooled in Boston and learned … 0

Alleged illegal dumper charged

Friday, June 26, 2015

LEYDEN — A truck driver has been summoned to court after Leyden police say he was observed illegally dumping building materials on private property. Leyden Police Chief Daniel Galvis said James Thurber of Erving was driving a pickup … 0

Franklin County health challenge: 50 million steps taken in six weeks

Friday, June 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The YMCA in Greenfield organized a six-week Health Challenge to encourage people to move more, have fun and get healthier … and move more they did, with over 50 million steps recorded. The challenge was made … 0

GCC nursing grads

Friday, June 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program students graduated in a special ceremony Friday afternoon. The ceremony was held on the main campus for the twenty-third graduating class of the intensive 10-month program, which prepares students to become licensed practical nurses. Graduates are now eligible to complete … 0

Holiday hazmat disposal hours

Friday, June 26, 2015

Household hazardous waste site drop-off times have been changed for the July 4 holiday. Franklin County Solid Waste Management District’s permanent household hazmat sites are located at the transfer stations in Bernardston, Colrain, and Conway. The sites in Bernardston and Conway are normally open the first Saturday of … 0