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Mohawk Ramblers building

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

MONTAGUE — If your familiarity with motorcycle clubs begins and ends with the Hell’s Angels or the TV show “Sons of Anarchy,” you might be surprised by a local club’s reputation. The Mohawk Ramblers sponsor a scholarship for Franklin County Technical School students and participate in the community in many other small ways: supporting charities, cleaning their corner of the … 0

Voters pick Ricketts, Wainstein

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — Penny Ricketts and Robert Wainstein will vie for the Precinct 5 seat in the town’s annual June election. Ricketts received 126 votes in … 0

Turners Falls man found innocent in Orange shooting

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — After waiting more than 16 months to find out his fate, a Turners Falls man has been cleared of all charges in a … 0

Mahar club gears up for wilderness trek

Sunday, April 13, 2014

ORANGE — A dozen Mahar Regional School students, some parents and two staff members are preparing to take a trip to Minnesota for the seventh Wilderness Trip the Mahar Fish and Game Club has conducted since 1999. Michael Roche, a retired coach and teacher, is the club’s adviser. … 0

Fuel assistance deadline extended, more money available

Sunday, April 13, 2014

There’s still time to get help paying for heating fuel this year, after a low-income energy aid program extended its deadline by two weeks and made more money available. Peter Wingate, energy director for local anti-poverty agency Community Action, said that the organization can help people pay for … 0

Big comfort

Friday, April 11, 2014

T here are many different types of heroes. There’s the handsome “super” man who makes a grand entrance wearing a red cape and the firefighter who rushes into a burning apartment building to save a tenant’s beloved cat. … 0

Mohawk official takes G-M job

Friday, April 11, 2014

BUCKLAND — School Business Administrator Joanne Blier will be leaving the Mohawk Trail school systems as of June 30 , to take a new job as director of business and operations for the Gill-Montague Regional School District. As part of Superintendent Michael Buoniconti’s administrative team, Blier worked on … 0

Orange shooting trial goes to jury

Friday, April 11, 2014

GREENFIELD — “If you believe the defendant’s story, then Zachery Drew is Batman.” That was part of prosecutor Jeremy Bucci’s closing argument Friday as he argued that there was no way the victim of a 2012 shooting was … 0

Colrain incumbents seeking re-election

Friday, April 11, 2014

COLRAIN — Several incumbents who were undecided about running for re-election have thrown their hats back into the ring, and are on the May 5 ballot. Also, two library trustee seats are up for grabs. Selectman Eileen D. Sauvageau will be seeking her second three-year term. Other incumbents … 0

Creative force behind Artspace to take a rest

Friday, April 11, 2014

Artspace Executive Director Mary Kay Hoffman, who moved to the area 40 years ago to head the then-newly-formed Arts Council of Franklin County, has announced her retirement from the organization. Hoffman, who will turn 70 this summer and … 0

Local coalition focusing on substance abuse prevention

Friday, April 11, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — More can be done to head off potential substance abuse early in a youth’s life, said members of the Communities That Care Coalition Friday, while acknowledging efforts to counter the area’s ongoing heroin epidemic. At its bi-annual meeting, about 60 members of the coalition — … 0

Drivers in Deerfield accident in ‘good’ condition

Friday, April 11, 2014

DEERFIELD — The two drivers injured in a Thursday afternoon crash are in good medical condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Tophie Nowak, 70, of Enfield, Conn., was treated at Baystate Franklin Medical Center and released, said spokeswoman Amy Swisher. Jean McIntyre, 60, of Greenfield, was transferred to … 0

Lyford runs for Precinct 5 seat in Greenfield

Friday, April 11, 2014

GREENFIELD — Town Council Precinct 5 candidate John Lyford says he supports an updated wetlands ordinance written by the town’s Conservation Commission and a citizen-written ordinance banning plastic bags from being used at check-out counters in Greenfield, but says an ordinance that would strengthen protection of Native American … 0