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Using their energy to help kids

Friday, November 28, 2014

GREENFIELD — With a powerful shout of “Kyah!” Greenfield Tae Kwon Do Center red belt Benjamin Yu drove his foot through three solid pine boards, snapping all of them at once. Black belt student Liz Schwaiger, who was holding the board ready for Yu’s strike, took the splintered halves and tossed them on to a growing pile of timber in … 0

‘It’s so widespread’: Tree crews, utility workers pushing to keep up with old, new electricity outages

Friday, November 28, 2014

Franklin County is gradually getting back to normal after Wednesday’s holiday-eve snowstorm that left thousands without electricity for the holiday, downed scores of tree limbs … 0

Power outage brings gift of family time

Friday, November 28, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Thanksgiving — even without heat, electricity, Internet or telephone service — is still a day a gratitude. And those left in the … 0

Town officials mull Mohawk regional changes

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BUCKLAND — With enrollment in the 250-square-mile Mohawk Trail Regional School District dipping below 1,000, town officials on the Long Range Planning Committee are talking about consolidating elementary grades within the district’s four elementary schools, seeking statewide changes in how Chapter 70 state educational aid is calculated, and … 0

Planning for the future of living in Montague

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MONTAGUE — As residents unearthed snow shovels and battened down the hatches for Wednesday’s snow storm, planners looked to the future of housing as those residents age and their housing needs change. An update to the town’s housing plan looks to a future in which almost a third … 0

Historic Deerfield cooks authentic Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

OLD DEERFIELD — In the kitchen at the back of the Hall Tavern, Laura Walton tied off the ends of a sheet of cheesecloth, enclosing a head of cabbage stuffed full of beef, pork, veal and a mix … 0

Snowstorm brings crashes, blackouts

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

GREENFIELD — The first real snow of the season caused a slew of car accidents and power outages and toppled trees across the state Wednesday, and Franklin County wasn’t spared. An SUV struck a house at about noon … 0

FERC OKs Northfield Mountain increase

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Federal regulators on Wednesday granted last-minute approval for Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project’s owners to pump more water from the Connecticut River — to boost storage capacity of its mountaintop reservoir for four months beginning Monday. FirstLight Hydro Generating Co. will be able to add 22 … 0

Woodstove fire damages home

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

GREENFIELD — A house fire started by a woodstove was quickly extinguished, despite issues caused by Wednesday’s snow. A fire started in the wall of a house at 28B Old Albany Road when embers got into a partition around flue pipe, according to Capt. William Schneider. “The timing … 0

Greenfield Public Library to lose some state aid

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Public Library will have to come up with new ways to pay for some of its library books, DVDs and computer upgrades this year in light of state budget reductions. While the Greenfield library received the first half of its roughly $35,000 in state … 0

FRTA fixing transit center’s front entrance after paver problems

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

GREENFIELD — The blue stone pavers in front of the John Olver Transit Center may have been pretty, but they proved problematic. The stones that formed the front patio of the transit center, built in 2011, had been … 0

Conway lawyer, DA Sullivan named to attorney-elect Healey transition team

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Conway lawyer Thomas Lesser and Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan have been named to the transition team for attorney general-elect Maura Healey. Both Lesser and Sullivan worked on the Healey campaign this fall. She easily won election to the office being vacated by Martha Coakley Healey, who had … 0

Montague parking ban begins now

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MONTAGUE — Wednesday’s snow triggered the town-wide overnight street parking ban five days early. Montague Police used the town’s Code Red emergency alert system to notify residents Wednesday afternoon, and urged residents to stay off the roads. Parking is not allowed from 1 to 5 a.m. on any … 0