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

Montague Health Department to fine overflowing dumpsters

Monday, October 20, 2014

MONTAGUE — Exasperated with a small number of landlords leaving business and apartment dumpsters to overflow with refuse, the town Health Department will begin charging … 0

FirstLight Power appeals Erving taxes

Thursday, October 16, 2014

ERVING — The town is preparing for a legal fight with its largest taxpayer, hiring a lawyer to fight a FirstLight Power Resources tax appeal before the state Appellate Tax Board. Assistant Assessor Jacquelyn Boyden said the utility filed for an abatement, which the Board of Assessors denied, … 0

Neighbors: Flash: Lobster pierogi make debut at Turners Falls Pumpkinfest

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Lots to tell you about today, so I’m going to get right to it. I’m heading to the Franklin County Pumpkinfest on Avenue A in Turners Falls with grandson Justin and his mommy (Suzanne) later on … 0

Montague absentee ballots available from Town Clerk

Friday, October 17, 2014

MONTAGUE — Absentee ballots are now available in the Town Clerk’s Office for the Nov. 4 state election. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is Nov. 3 at noon. To vote absentee you must be out of town on the day of the election, have a … 0

Are local hospitals prepared to face Ebola?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — As state and local hospital officials tried to quell mounting public panic over the Ebola crisis, the state and national nurses union raised the alarm about preparedness of hospitals. “Nurses across the state have said they are absolutely not prepared. They don’t feel ready to do … 0

Deerfield River Watershed celebrates 25 years

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Before the federal government got rolling on relicensing seven hydroelectric dams along the Deerfield River a quarter century ago, a group of state, regional and local groups got their oars into the water, collaborating on a process that … 0

Conway rejects debt exclusion for garage

Thursday, October 16, 2014

CONWAY — In a special election Thursday, voters rejected exempting any money that may be borrowed to pay for the construction of a new highway department facility from the provisions of Proposition 21/2. The vote failed by four votes, with 164 “Yes” votes and 168 “No” votes. Town … 0

Power outage puts Gill in the dark temporarily

Thursday, October 16, 2014

GILL — As many as 87 percent of the town’s households found themselves in the dark for a little less than two hours Thursday evening. Western Massachusetts Electric Co. spokeswoman Yvonne Alston said the outage was caused by an unknown equipment problem near the intersection of West Gill … 0

Weekend tag sales support anti-gas pipeline efforts

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Anyone thinking that opposition to the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline is simply a case of “not in my backyard” might stop and think that the path from Wright, N.Y., to Dracut through nine Franklin County towns is a long backyard. To fund what’s expected to be a lengthy … 0

Political Notebook

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Candidate Lee gains anti-tax group endorsement Susannah Whipps Lee has won the endorsement of Citizens for Limited Taxation’s 2½ Political Action Committee in her election bid for state representative from the Second Franklin District. The PAC endorses candidates who support taxpayers on a variety of issues. It endorsed … 0

Greenfield Minor League to raise money for food pantries

Thursday, October 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — On Nov. 8, the Greenfield Minor League is holding a drive to raise money for two local food pantries. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the baseball league will collect donations for the Center for Self Reliance in Greenfield and the Turners Falls Survival Center at … 0