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Bright overhead lights illuminate the large operating room, known as "the dance hall," in Baystate Franklin Medical Center's new surgical wing. 
Recorder/Tom Relihan

Baystate Franklin Medical Center previews new surgical wing

Monday, February 8, 2016

GREENFIELD — A flick of a switch, and the members of the Baystate Franklin Medical Center Auxiliary let out a shout of surprise and squinted against the glare as they were bathed in clean fluorescent light, as bright as any summer day. “We call this the ‘dance hall,’” quipped Director of Surgical Services Beverly Pomeroy, sweeping her arm in an … 0

Markey: Canadian natural gas export OK confirms plans for area pipeline

Monday, February 8, 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy’s approval of U.S. natural gas export overseas from two proposed Canadian export terminals last week confirms Congressman Edward Markey’s “long-standing … 0

Conway voters unanimously pass bylaw aimed at hindering pipeline

Monday, February 8, 2016

CONWAY — Residents made their voices heard on the Kinder Morgan pipeline by voting unanimously to adopt a town bylaw to regulate noise, earth removal, … 0

Mohawk versus charters: District to rally against tuition hikes

Thursday, February 4, 2016

BUCKLAND — Facing a 15 percent increase in mandated payments for charter school tuition, Mohawk Trail Regional School District officials say the state funding formula for charter schools is undermining rural school systems like Mohawk. With full support … 0

Deerfield to pipeline co.: Don’t tread on us

Thursday, February 4, 2016

DEERFIELD — Local police will be used to protect property owners who refuse to allow Kinder Morgan pipeline surveyors or any other agency or individual onto their land with or without an order from the state Department of … 1

Men rescued after ATV falls through ice in Athol

Thursday, February 4, 2016

ATHOL — Firefighters rescued two young men from the icy water of Lake Rohunta Wednesday afternoon after they rode a four-wheeler through the unseasonably thin ice. Officer Corey Brown said the Athol Police Department received a report of … 0

Goodbye, Dolly! For six decades, Franklin County at her fingertips

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Dolores “Dolly” Gagnon, who’s had her fingers on the pulse of the community for more than six decades at The Recorder, is ready to take a breath for some serious gardening. Gagnon has been the face — and … 0

Town looking to take ‘synergistic’ approach to library, public safety complex projects

Thursday, February 4, 2016

GREENFIELD — The town is eyeing the former Carr Hardware and current juvenile court properties on Wells and Main streets as a prospective site for a new police and fire station. Mayor William Martin said over the past … 0

Plans moving along for Greenfield broadband

Thursday, February 4, 2016

GREENFIELD — The design for a complete build-out of a hybrid fiber-optic/wireless broadband network in town is still in progress, according to Mayor William Martin, who said he expects plans will be complete in a couple of weeks. … 0

Orange EMS hikes rates for out-of-town runs

Thursday, February 4, 2016

ORANGE — Orange has increased its costs for providing surrounding towns who are served by the Orange Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services. Orange EMS has proposed its operating budget for the 2017 fiscal year at $885,605 — $44,000 … 0

Rodney Hunt Co. future remains unclear as shutdown continues

Thursday, February 4, 2016

ORANGE — The lights are still on and there are still cars in the Rodney Hunt Co. parking lot a month after the company’s announced closure date. Kevin Kennedy, town director of community development and planning, has followed … 0

UMass employees on leave amid misconduct investigation

Thursday, February 4, 2016

AMHERST — Five employees at the University of Massachusetts have been put on paid leave while another has resigned as part of a continuing internal investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct that involve the misreporting of time and misuse of campus resources in the Physical Plant division, according … 0

Vermont Yankee won’t promise to pay if nuclear waste pads need to be moved

Thursday, February 4, 2016

VERNON, Vt. — Entergy Nuclear officials refused to give a financial promise that it would cover any additional costs if its choice of location for a new spent fuel pad creates costly problems during Vermont Yankee’s decommissioning. The decision, which could have ramifications into the millions of dollars, … 0