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Greenfield councilor writes 2nd book

Monday, January 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Marian Kelner has had several careers in her lifetime — massage therapist, English teacher to people who speak other languages, and now she currently serves the town as its Precinct 1 town councilor. One of her greatest passions, though, is writing, she said. Kelner has published her second book, “May We Be Like the Penguin,” a collection of … 0

New brewery planned for Orange Innovation Center

Monday, January 26, 2015

ORANGE — It may be snowing outside today, but beer will be pouring soon in Orange. Friends Sean Nolan and Jay Sullivan have signed a … 0

Bidders for school business job under review

Monday, January 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town of Greenfield and The Management Solutions were among two entities that bid for the temporary school business management job. Superintendent Jordana … 0

Hungry for help: State loses $106 million in federal money from SNAP changes

Thursday, January 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — The 72,550 drop in the food stamp caseload over the past year has also resulted in a loss of an estimated $106 million in federal dollars coming to the state, a Northampton anti-poverty lawyer said. Between October 2013 and October 2014, the state has lost roughly … 0

State change allows dam work to proceed

Thursday, January 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — The state has downgraded the hazard potential of the Wiley and Russell Dam over the Green River at Meridian Street, allowing the town to move forward with renovation plans. The Office of Dam Safety reclassified the … 0

Franklin County Fair to restrict smoking to designated areas

Thursday, January 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Franklin County Fair will be “mostly smoke-free” this year. Smokers will have to find one of the four designated areas when they decide to light up at this year’s fall fair. After 167 years, the Franklin County Agricultural Society board of directors has adopted a … 0

Former co-op manager charged with stealing

Thursday, January 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — The former general manager of the Franklin Community Cooperative, which runs Green Fields Market and McCusker’s Market in Shelburne Falls, has been charged with embezzling approximately $60,000 from the member-owned food cooperative over nine months. Dwight … 0

Low wages, unfair taxes

Thursday, January 22, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Clare Higgins, executive director of Community Action spent most of Thursday in Boston, having the same conversation she has had with state and other officials for at least 30 years: Why do we pay childcare workers … 0

Montague Common Hall in need

Thursday, January 22, 2015

MONTAGUE CENTER — When the Montague Common Hall cupola began to demonstrate an urgent need for repair, the local landmark’s owner enlisted a contractor, who quickly found the situation was much worse than it appeared. Now, the Friends … 0

Neighbors: Show warmth, sympathy and understanding

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. I was supposed to be in Boston this morning, but instead I’m at work. I was supposed to be sitting beside my dad who was supposed to be recovering from the heart surgery he was supposed … 0

UMass falcon, campus webcam star, dies

Thursday, January 22, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts is mourning the death of the Amherst campus’ most popular webcam star. A male peregrine falcon that has nested atop the 27-story W.E.B. Du Bois Library for 12 years and sired 34 chicks with the same mate has died. The webcam that … 0

Winter Carnival gets ‘Frozen’

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Winter Carnival has “Frozen” over. For its 93rd year, the Greenfield festival that runs Feb. 6 to 8 will follow the theme of “Frozen,” the popular 2013 Disney movie. Throughout the weekend, there will … 0

Billing error shocks Greenfield residents

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — When Davis Street resident Kara Younger opened her electric bill this month, she was shocked. “I was disgusted,” she said. “I couldn’t make sense of why it was so high when nothing had changed.” Younger, a … 1