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Bernardston scares up weekend of fun

Monday, October 20, 2014

BERNARDSTON — In addition to keeping ravens and their ilk out of your field, your scarecrow could net you a cool $100 next weekend. The annual Scarecrow in the Park fall festival and craft fair will take over Cushman Park Oct. 25 and 26. You’ve got almost a week to put together a prize-winning scarecrow. They must be in place … 0

Virtual School faces probation

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — After 15 months as an independent school, Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is facing probation due to poor academic performance and governance issues. The … 0

Greenfield re-establishes its Youth Commission

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — Mayor William Martin said he would like to see the town’s newly re-established Youth Commission work with agencies in the area to determine … 0

Hawley voters end bitter town meeting early

Friday, October 17, 2014

HAWLEY — Both tempers and old grievances flared in this hilltown, prompting frustrated voters to end a special town meeting after nearly 2 1/2 hours of arguing — but not voting. Voters abruptly adjourned a heated special town meeting that became a gavelled-down shouting match revealing bitter divisions … 2

Conway Selectboard drops plans for third pass at garage project

Friday, October 17, 2014

CONWAY — It seems Conway’s Highway Department, Ambulance, and Fire Department will continue sharing the old highway garage on Route 116 for the foreseeable future. A $3.4 million replacement, in the works for the past decade, has narrowly missed getting voter approval three times this year. At its … 0

Lunt rezoned for better neighborhood fit

Friday, October 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — You won’t be seeing any industry setting up shop on the former Lunt Silversmith property on Federal Street. The land has been rezoned from general industrial to limited commercial-urban residential, making it consistent with the surrounding … 0

Healey hears from opioid task force

Friday, October 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — If elected, one candidate for state attorney general would like to use the work of a local anti-addiction coalition as a model for other addiction-fighting partnerships around the state. Maura Healey, Democratic candidate for attorney general, … 1

GCC Foundation celebrates exceeding goal

Friday, October 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Some colleges and universities build big fences and walls around their property and there’s no interaction with the community, said U.S. Congressman James McGovern, speaking at Greenfield Community College Foundation’s annual meeting. Not here. “This school … 0

Transportation ‘windfall:’ Mohawk proposes revolving fund

Friday, October 17, 2014

BUCKLAND — With the state paying 90 percent — instead of 60 percent — of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s $750,000 reimbursable school bus costs this year, four member towns have asked Mohawk to refund part of their school assessments that were based on the lower estimate … 0

FirstLight Power appeals Montague taxes

Friday, October 17, 2014

MONTAGUE — Businesses will pay a slightly lower share of the town’s taxes this year, with a slight shift from the commercial share of the tax burden back to homeowners. Meanwhile, one of the town’s larger taxpayers is appealing its bill. Assessor Barbara Miller said the average single-family … 0

Rowe Elementary returns to ‘Level 1’ school

Friday, October 17, 2014

ROWE — The Rowe Elementary School is once a again a “Level 1” school, according to the student scores on this spring’s Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System. Principal Bill Knittle said Rowe missed MCAS’s highest school designation by only one point in 2013, but the latest results put the … 0

Montague neighborhood sets broadband talk for Monday

Friday, October 17, 2014

MONTAGUE CENTER — Residents working toward connecting their under-served corner of Montague to high-speed Internet is holding a meeting Monday to discuss plans and answer questions. Chestnut Hill Loop neighbors have pushed to solve their Internet access problem by linking to neighboring Leverett. Kevin Hart, a member of … 0

Third of 4 robbery suspects now in custody

Thursday, October 16, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The third suspect in a savage gunpoint robbery earlier this month is now in custody, according to police. Sebret “Benny” Sanchez, 21, of Turners Falls, turned himself in at the Franklin County courthouse Wednesday, two weeks after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Police … 0