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Wheeling for Healing

Monday, July 28, 2014

GREENFIELD — Last summer, Sue Cohen of East Longmeadow cycled 50 miles throughout Greenfield to support her older sister who was stricken with lung cancer and getting treatment at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. This summer, the avid cyclist will ride again, but this time it will be to honor her sister’s memory and the many doctors and nurses of the … 0

Heavy rain, wind sweep through Franklin County

Monday, July 28, 2014

In Franklin County, emergency departments reported little damage from the first heavy rain storm of the day, around 7 a.m., but a second storm that … 0

Erving selectmen’s chairman resigned

Monday, July 28, 2014

ERVING — The chairman of the Erving Board of Selectmen resigned late last week, days after a tense meeting with a town employee and more … 0

Tribal twist to annual block party in Turners

Thursday, July 24, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Joining the eighth annual Turners Falls Block Party this year will be a reminder of a tradition of community gatherings dating back a little further. For unknown millennia into the area’s pre-history up until a couple of centuries ago, fish returning upstream to spawn drew … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor to raise money for animals

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. One of our younger neighbors, 11-year-old Miracle Leyro, is organizing a walk through the downtown Greenfield area this Saturday with a group of her friends. The youngsters plan to raise money for Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society. Miracle’s mother Diana Nunez told me that Miracle plans … 0

Turners Falls earns battlefield grant

Thursday, July 24, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — It has been 338 years and since the Great Falls on the Connecticut River between present-day Gill and Montague took a place in the bloody geography of King Philip’s War, and two years since the most recent effort to study the battle began. Unsuccessful last … 0

Hundreds attend regional pipeline presentation

Thursday, July 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — Nearly 300 people attended a joint Franklin Regional Council of Governments — Franklin Regional Planning Board meeting Thursday to review Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed project, which is planned to cross nine towns across the region on its route from Pennsylvania to Dracut. The boards presented … 0

Turners Falls man arrested on OUI charges, cops say he backed into cruiser

Thursday, July 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — A Turners Falls man was arrested on drunken driving and other charges after he backed his car into a parked cruiser, according to police. Dion W. Cadiz, 24, of 88 2nd St., was arrested Wednesday night on charges of operating under the influence of liquor, driving … 0

‘Fly-one’ on for Trout Unlimited this weekend

Thursday, July 24, 2014

CHARLEMONT — How many trout can you catch with just one type of fly? Last year, it was Brian Lynch and his “Olive Wooly Bugger” that won Trout Unlimited’s “One Fly Contest,” catching 30 trout in the Deerfield … 0

Camera theft mars former area man’s visit to old haunts

Thursday, July 24, 2014

After a decade reporting and photographing war, corruption and drug trades in some 50 countries, former foreign correspondent Dave Marcus never thought the Pioneer Valley would be where he would have an expensive camera stolen. “I learned a couple of valuable lessons,” said Marcus. No. 1: Back up … 0

Starrett pays EPA penalty

Thursday, July 24, 2014

ATHOL — Precision toolmaker L.S. Starrett is one of seven New England companies that have agreed to pay fines to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for violating federal laws meant to prevent oil spills. Starrett paid a $5,400 penalty to settle EPA claims that it did not have … 0

Food drive for area food bank at S. Deerfield church

Thursday, July 24, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In an effort to help school children access food during the summertime, the Holy Family Church in South Deerfield is holding a benefit for the Food Bank of Western Mass. The benefit helps kids who receive breakfast and lunch through the school during the school … 0

Sweetheart Restaurant sold, to become possible art center

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The historic Sweetheart Restaurant building may soon become a multicultural performing arts and learning center for visiting American and Latin American artists, musicians, actors and writers. Maurcia Alvarez of Wayland bought the vacant building this … 0