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Long-time Adopt-A-Family coordinator says goodbye to post

Friday, December 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Laurie and Thomas Wilton of Charlemont had planned to give their 4-year-old daughter, Jessica, as good a Christmas as any. Then, they both became unemployed last year due to disabilities. A Christmas with presents under the tree didn’t seem possible . As the Wiltons stood in a long line at Saint James Episcopal Church Friday afternoon, Laurie Wilton … 0

Salvation Army facing kettle drive shortfall

Friday, December 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — With four days left until Christmas Eve, the Salvation Army is running short on cash for its annual Red Kettle Campaign and asking … 0

Greenfield residents look to help neighbors

Friday, December 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — A group of Greenfield residents are bringing more good will to Christmas as they work to collect gifts for needy families this year. … 0

Missing woman found dead

Thursday, December 18, 2014

ORANGE — A local woman missing since Tuesday was found dead in the Millers River Thursday. Cynthia Ayer, 52, was found around 1 p.m. in the river in West Orange on the second day of a multi-agency search. … 0

High school causes sharp increase in Greenfield tax bills

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — The average homeowner will pay $352 more this year in property taxes than they did last year, because the first payment of the $22 million the town borrowed for the new $66 million high school is included in this year’s tax levy, according to Assessor Audrey … 0

Greenfield has vacant property ordinance

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — The town now has an ordinance that will require owners to maintain their properties, at least to the point that they don’t abandoned them and let them slip into disrepair. The Vacant and Foreclosing Properties Ordinance was adopted by Town Council after more than an hour … 0

Pair charged in summer break-ins

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — A stolen debit card used to buy gas led to burglary charges against two area men, according to police. Matthew Fowler, 20, of 36 Millers Falls Road, Turners Falls, and Tyler Lussier, 19, of 135 Conway St., are charged with 11 counts of breaking into a … 0

Neighbors: Take advantage of technology, but don’t let it rule you

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. I just wanted to finish what I started on Tuesday, if you don’t mind. I seem to be on my soapbox this week, so please bear with me. I guess I’m just filled with the joy of the season and want to share it with you. … 0

US-Cuba thaw affirms McGovern’s advocacy

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Congressman James P. McGovern, long an advocate of improved U.S.-Cuba relations, got a front-row seat Wednesday to the event he said made increased diplomacy possible — the return of American prisoner Alan Gross from Cuba. The Worcester Democrat, … 0

Montague trash holiday changes

Thursday, December 18, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The town’s trash and recycling pickup schedule will change over the next two weeks because of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. There will be no changes on Tuesday or Wednesday, but the normal Thursday pickup will be moved to Friday, and Friday pickup will … 0

Mayor: ‘it’s overwhelming’

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — While Mayor William Martin said he has nothing but empathy for the homeless families living in two of Greenfield’s hotels, he has to worry about how their presence might be affecting the people around them, especially … 0

Hotels-turned-shelters reap millions from state

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Taxpayer-funded payments to two Greenfield hotels housing some of the state’s homeless families have totaled more than $3 million since 2009. The Days Inn at 21 Colrain Road has received $2,136,826, while the Quality Inn on … 0

Season of giving close to heart of Franklin County

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Across Franklin County, food pantry shelves have been going bare, families are burning through their fuel aid already and the homeless are filling shelters. But despite the increasing need, Franklin County residents are working hard to … 0