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Area Fourth of July events

Thursday, July 2, 2015

A variety of Fourth of July celebrations will take place throughout the area this weekend. Saturday Amherst Amherst’s Independence Day celebration will begin at 5 p.m. behind the University of Massachusetts’ McGuirk Football Stadium. The event will include a kid’s hay hunt and family field races from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Six Flags famous friends from 6:30 to 6:45 p.m., … 0

Watershed Council plans to sue Chang Farms

Thursday, July 2, 2015

WHATELY — Alleging that Chang Farms has been violating its federal pollution discharge permit routinely over the past five years, the Connecticut River Watershed Council … 0

‘We still can’t find refuge’: Community supports S.C. church shooting victims with vigil

Thursday, July 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — Franklin County residents of many ages, races and ethnicities assembled on the Town Common Thursday to pay respects to the those nine black … 0

Conway asks FERC for clarity on gas pipeline

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

CONWAY — Conway’s Selectboard wants to see a more complete picture of Kinder Morgan’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline project, and it told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission so in a letter this week. The letter, sent to FERC Secretary Kimberly D. Bose, requests clearer information … 0

No Greenfield trash pickup Friday

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — Due to the Fourth of July holiday, trash and recycling will not be collected on Friday. Instead, Friday’s pickup will be done a day early on Thursday. There is no change to next week’s collection schedule. Trash and recycling must be at the curb by 7 … 0

Halfway there: County meet-and-greet heads to hills

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

On The Road Again. I’m beginning to hear Willie Nelson in the back of my mind as I wend my way across Franklin County. But who doesn’t love a road trip? By the time you read this, I will have reached the halfway point in my goal to … 0

Miller Falls fire closes Bridge Street

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

MILLERS FALLS — An apartment fire on Bridge Street put residents out of doors and stopped traffic on the road, a Route 63 connector, for close to an hour Tuesday evening. At 5:55 p.m., Turners Falls Fire Chief … 0

Safe pried open in Country Creemee early-morning burglary

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

MONTAGUE — A burglar or burglars broke into the Country Creemee sometime overnight Monday into Tuesday, cracking open the safe. Montague police are investigating. Proprietor Robyn Mason said this is the second time, and security cameras are the … 0

Rain delay: Berkshire East’s Thunder Mountain Bike Park to open Thursday

Monday, June 29, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Berkshire East this week formally opens its newest offering into the recreational sports arena, an extensive lift-serviced downhill mountain bike park. The park was originally slated to open Wednesday, July 1, but has delayed the opening … 0

Whately mulls tobacco sales age hike

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WHATELY — Following the example of other nearby Franklin and Hampshire County towns, Whately’s Board of Health will hold a public hearing tonight to discuss revisions to the town’s bylaws designed to make it harder for young people … 0

Designer of Vt. Yankee nuke waste containers touts their toughness

Monday, June 29, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The president of the company that designs and sells the giant concrete and steel casks that will store Vermont Yankee’s waste for the foreseeable future told a Vermont panel Thursday night his invention will last for 300 years. Kris Singh, president and chief executive officer … 0

Erving votes to ban fracked gas pipelines at special town meeting Monday

Monday, June 29, 2015

ERVING — A crowd in the Erving Elementary School Gymnasium erupted in cheers and applause after voters approved a resolution to ban fracked gas pipelines from passing through town at a special town meeting Monday night. The resolution was submitted by citizen petition and calls for residents to … 0

Northfield Town Hall on the road to repair

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Town Hall has served as a meeting venue for numerous community groups and functions, but over the span of 88 years, it has become dilapidated. For the past five years, the Town Hall Master Planning … 0