Rowe School to hold open house Sunday

Thursday, August 21, 2014

ROWE — It was two years ago this month when a lightning-induced fire destroyed the 50-year-old Rowe Elementary School. But on Sunday, the town’s schoolchildren and community will gather to celebrate the opening of the new Rowe Elementary School, which begins its first full day of school on Wednesday . The ceremony starts at 4 p.m., at the school, at … 0

Wet weather takes toll on crops

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Area farmers are once again on the front lines of weather patterns, which in recent weeks have brought cooler, rainier weather to the region. That’s … 0

World Eye's Florence satellite store set to close Saturday

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — After two years selling books on North Main Street in Florence, the World Eye Bookshop is closing Saturday, though its Greenfield store remains … 0

‘Famous BBQ,’ ‘Pocket Lady’

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

SHELBURNE — If you know “The Pocket Lady,” you probably already know about the Shelburne Grange Fair, which runs on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fellowship Hall, 17 Little Mohawk Road. The fair and parking … 0

West County Briefs

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Colrain voter registration today for state primary COLRAIN — Today is the last day to register to vote in time for the Sept. 9 state primary. The town clerk’s office is open today for voter registration from 2 … 0

Belchertown man arrested in New Salem break-ins

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NEW SALEM — After a month of investigation, the New Salem Police Department has filed charges against Belchertown resident Tyrone G. Ulmer Jr., 43, for allegedly breaking into two homes. On July 29, Lt. Marcy Helems and Detective John Bonafini responded to reports of break-ins at homes on … 0

Fresh look at fairness for farm workers

Monday, August 18, 2014

When buying tomatoes or lettuce, there’s so much to consider: freshness, price, taste, farming practices ... fairness. With a resurgence of interest in Pioneer Valley agriculture, some advocates have begun to look for ways to make sure that … 0

Charter school collaborates with K-12 schools

Monday, August 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — For the first time in its 12-year history, Four Rivers Charter School is collaborating with some Franklin County public high schools to share ideas. The public college preparatory middle and high school on Colrain Road is consulting with the Mohawk Trail Reginal High School and Greenfield … 0

E. coli levels rise in some parts of Conn. river

Monday, August 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A deluge of rain last Wednesday has elevated levels of E. coli bacteria at select spots on the Connecticut River, prompting health officials to warn people not to swim or boat there. High levels of E. coli were found throughout the region, including at a boat … 0

177-year-old Lamson & Goodnow cutlery files for bankruptcy

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BUCKLAND — The nation’s oldest cutlery business, Lamson & Goodnow of Shelburne Falls, has filed for bankruptcy after 177 years of making knives and kitchen tools in Franklin County. The manufacturer has filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, which means the company … 0

River cleanup eyes volunteers

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Each year, John David Boles heads up the Green River Cleanup, and this year is no different. Boles said the cleanup will be held a week earlier this year on Sept. 27, and he hopes to have 300 or more volunteers show up. “We’ve got a … 0

Conway to host pipeline meeting

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

CONWAY — Plans for a proposed gas pipeline have left many local residents fuming and on Aug. 28, representatives of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. parent Kinder Morgan will appear before the town’s Selectboard in an attempt to assuage fears. The company will deliver a presentation and give concerned … 1

Summer learning

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — As students and teachers cross the second-floor landing at the Federal Street School this year, they will see a new 22-foot-by-4-foot mural depicting pond life. The painting, located beside the main office, is a collaboration of … 0