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Holy Trinity Church to get $500,000 makeover

Friday, April 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — The interior of Holy Trinity Church on Main Street is about to get a $500,000 makeover. Deacon Channing “Joe” Bete said the Catholic church board went to parishioners in January, after deciding it was time to do some work on the interior of the church, and asked if they would be willing to contribute. “They answered us in … 0

Plastic ban proposal could go to voters this fall

Friday, April 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — A citizens group that wants to ban plastic bags, plastic bottles and plastic foam containers in town has submitted its third proposal in … 0

Berkshire Gas rep. makes case for pipeline

Friday, April 24, 2015

DEERFIELD — Berkshire Gas Co. spokesman Christopher Farrell made a case with the region’s business leaders Friday for what he called a “critical need” for … 3

Towns united against Frontier budget hike

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional School Committee has a revolt on its hands over its 11th-hour decision to restore about $200,000 for six positions in next year’s school budget. Town officials in all four towns that make up the district have taken a stand against the decision and … 0

Radio personality ‘Monte’ Belmonte proposes to lead Shea Theater

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Christopher “Monte” Belmonte, a Northampton radio personality and Turners Falls resident, put in the sole proposal to take over operation of the Shea Theater — in cooperation with a Northampton nonprofit. The town of Montague … 0

At-large councilor criticized for “courtroom-like” approach

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — An at-large town councilor has been criticized for his “courtroom-like” approach to public meetings and hearings. At-large Town Councilor Isaac Mass, who is a lawyer, said he does not mean to come across as confrontational or … 0

Tubing co: ‘You’ve put us out of business’

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DEERFIELD — “You’ve effectively put us out of business.” That’s what Deerfield River Portage owner Kate Clayton-Jones told the Deerfield Board of Selectmen Wednesday night during a public hearing on whether they’d be allowed to continue operating their river tubing business, which drops tubers into the Deerfield River … 0

Northfield town departments weigh in on gas pipeline

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The gas pipeline and compressor station proposed for the town has raised a slew of concerns among town department heads. Several departments and committees have compiled their concerns, and the town will submit them to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which will decide whether to allow … 0

‘No smoking gun’: Pipeline environmental impact report cite positives, negatives of route

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A new, detailed report on the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline route through western Massachusetts points to its impact on protected open space dedicated to agriculture and conservation, and especially on Franklin County’s primary habitat for rare species habitat, wetlands wildlife habitat and communities of biodiversity. If there’s anything … 0

Turners Falls schools get new principal

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A former assistant principal in Amherst and London, Annie Leonard of Amherst will have the helm of the Great Falls Middle School and Turners Falls High School, with Earl McGraw returning to the district as assistant principal. Gill-Montague Regional School District Superintendent Michael Sullivan announced … 0

The Arbors art show features 95-year-old painter

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — Ninety-five-year-old Lyle Williams attended an art class, painting an apple tree, shortly after he arrived at The Arbors at Greenfield two years ago. The nonagenarian hasn’t stopped painting since. Williams’s art, along with the art of … 0

Additional $250,000 needed for Mahar Dam fix

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ORANGE — The fate of the Mahar Regional School Dam now rests on whether district towns approve borrowing $250,000 to rehabilitate it. The Mahar School Committee has voted “yes” with two members opposed (Johanna Bartlett and Carla Halpern) … 0

Local heroin dealer gets 3 years in prison

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — A local man caught dealing heroin on camera was sentenced this week to three years in state prison. Dwight Belisle, 47, of 8 Quincy St., was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Mary-Lou Rup Tuesday to three years in state prison on a charge of possession of … 0