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Town spends $100,000 more than it budgeted for snow and ice; DPW crews begin spring cleanup

Thursday, March 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town spent about $100,000 more than it budgeted for snow and ice this year. For the past four years, the town has budgeted $200,000 for snow and ice. This year, it spent between $297,000 and $299,000, according to Department of Public Works Director Donald Ouellette. He said considering the rough winter, which brought a lot of snow … 0

Former Erving police sergeant says he wants $250K because he was unjustly forced to resign

Thursday, March 26, 2015

ERVING — A former police sergeant is seeking $250,000 from the town, claiming he was unjustly forced to resign. Corey Greene resigned from the Erving … 0

Towns question Frontier budget reversal

Thursday, March 26, 2015

SUNDERLAND — The Frontier Regional School Committee’s decision to reinstate funding for six positions and raise its budget by about 2 percent may not stand … 0

Mayor hires part-time economic development director

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town has a new economic development director who will work part time for the next three months. Mayor William Martin said Larry Jutras, owner of Lake Hitchcock Development in Sunderland, has taken the position and will work on six projects, including the former Bendix-Repal property … 0

Second candidate runs for Conway Selectboard

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CONWAY — A second candidate has entered the race for a seat on Conway’s Selectboard: former selectman and long-time town police officer Christina Conklin. She will join Fire Chief Robert Baker on the ballot of the town’s annual elections, which will be held on May 14. The two … 0

Dog rescued after fall through ice on Connecticut River

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — It was a close call for a wayward dog who wandered into the Connecticut River and fell through the ice Wednesday. Firefighters were called to the area below the Turners Falls dam at about 2:04 p.m., and found the dog about 30 feet from the … 0

Wendell Notebook

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Dog license deadline WENDELL — Dog licenses are available in the town clerk’s office. All dogs ages six months and older must be licensed and tagged every year. Proof of rabies vaccination and the appropriate fee is required, $4 for a neutered or spayed dog and $8 for … 0

Newton School faces $300K roof repair cost

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — It started with a single bucket, then a few more pails, and it then became a waterfall. Now the failing roof at Newton School, where ice dams caused water damage this winter, is expected to require … 0

Conway lawyer to AG: Investigate electric cost hike

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

CONWAY — When it was announced last fall that the price of electricity was expected to spike this winter and that Berkshire Gas would impose a moratorium on new customers due to a regional shortage of natural gas, … 2

Dino-might! PVMA gets $300K grant

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

DEERFIELD — Grant? Dinosaurs? It sounds like something out of a particular Michael Crichton novel of Jurassic note, but at the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association those two things have more in common than colorful Jeeps and velociraptors. The … 0

Greenfield town clerk and energy manager moving offices

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town clerk and her staff are moving into a larger office a few feet from where they are now in Town Hall. Mayor William Martin said he decided to move the town clerk’s office next to the collector’s and assessor’s offices to create a “service … 0

Mayor Martin asks state legislators for more money next year

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Mayor William Martin told the state’s budget-writing Joint Ways and Means Committee Tuesday that they should support the governor’s proposed spending plan for next year and maybe even add more local aid. Martin attended the unusual … 0

Supporting local mothers with substance abuse issues

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — In the first half of 2014, some 7 percent of patients at The Birthplace at Baystate Franklin Medical Center were affected by substance abuse during their pregnancies — a 2 percent increase from 2013, according to … 0