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The area known as White Ash Swamp, in the lower left side of the photo, is part of the original Mackin property that is slated for development of a big box store along the French King Highway in Greenfield. White Ash Swamp is believed by some to be a reburial site for Native American remains.

Court: Big box abutters have choice of venue for appeal

Thursday, February 11, 2016

GREENFIELD — The Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday that neighbors who are fighting a planned 135,000-square-foot big box store on the French King Highway have the right to request another venue for their appeal — either Land Court or Superior Court. Albert Norman, the Greenfield man known nationally as a “sprawl-buster” who has been representing abutters since 2007 when the … 0

Greenfield supt. seeks $700,000 budget hike

Thursday, February 11, 2016

GREENFIELD — No positions are expected to be cut under the Greenfield School Department’s current $18.2 million superintendent’s draft budget, which the budget subcommittee approved … 0

Leverett broadband setup wins innovation award

Thursday, February 11, 2016

LEVERETT — With its 1-gigabit-per-second fiber-optic LeverettNet up and running as other towns struggle to build their last-mile connections, Leverett has received recognition from the … 0

Going over the falls: Group seeks grant for Potholes observation deck

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

SHELBURNE — Shelburne Falls artists and business owners who would like to see the restoration of the Glacial Potholes as a major attraction made a pitch to Selectmen this week, asking them to apply for an ArtPlace America … 0

Local vets sound off to VA in Greenfield

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

GREENFIELD — Local veterans got the chance to sound off before top brass from the Veteran Affairs of Central Western Massachusetts Health Care System during a meeting designed to draw feedback from those the hospital serves. The meeting, … 0

Two candidates remain in running for Frontier, Union 38 superintendent

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

DEERFIELD — An interim assistant superintendent from New Hampshire and the regional director of an educational organization based in Massachusetts have been named as the finalists for the Frontier Regional School superintendent job. Lynn M. Carey, interim assistant superintendent of the Monadnock Regional School District in Swanzey, N.H., … 0

Towns to sign ‘Community Compact’ with Lt. Gov. in Heath Thursday

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

HEATH — Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito is coming to Heath on Thursday to sign a “Community Compact” with town officials from Heath, Rowe and Shelburne in the Heath Community Hall at 1:45 p.m. Polito will also be signing … 0

Fire destroys garage in Colrain

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

COLRAIN — A garage was destroyed but nobody was injured after the structure caught fire at a residence on Adamsville Road Tuesday night. Colrain Fire Chief Nick Anzuoni said the blaze began just before 7 p.m. at 129 … 0

Former Leyden police officer faces OUI, firearms charge

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

SUNDERLAND — A former part-time Leyden police officer who also works for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has been charged with drunken driving and carrying a firearm while intoxicated, after allegedly crashing his car into a fence. Thomas E. Herzig, 26, of Greenfield, was arrested in the early … 0

Conway opts to contribute $3,000 to districtwide school use study

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

CONWAY — Voters have opted to contribute $3,000 toward a study of potentially more efficient use of area school and municipal buildings. Special town meeting voters gave a sound “aye” to the request to pitch in toward a … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Voter registration deadline today in Hawley HAWLEY — Today is the deadline to register to vote if you want to participate in the Massachusetts presidential primary on March 1. It is also the deadline for registered voters to change their party enrollment either to another party or to … 0

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 … 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 warnings that the ultimate goal of some natural gas pipeline proposals being made … 2