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Northfield wonders how to draw bicyclists, tourists to town once Schell Bridge is replaced

Friday, November 21, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The state hasn’t even drawn up plans to replace the Schell Bridge yet, and locals already want to stop people going over it. The Friends of Schell Bridge and Northfield Area Tourism and Business Association don’t doubt that the bike bridge the state plans to build across the Connecticut River as part of a tri-state bikeway will draw … 0

Sticky situation: Wet wipes gumming up Deerfield’s wastewater plant

Friday, November 21, 2014

DEERFIELD — Thinking about sending that flushable wet wipe down the toilet? The director of Deerfield’s Highway Department hopes you’ll think twice, because those and … 1

‘Share the bounty’ this holiday season

Friday, November 21, 2014

GREENFIELD —The Franklin County Community Meals Program is collaborating with local restaurants through the end of December in their “Share the Bounty with the County” … 0

Erving to vote on money matters Monday

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

ERVING — A special town meeting next week will ask voters to approve $150,000 to board up the International Paper mill, set aside money for the valuation of the town’s biggest taxpayer and balance the school account. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday in the Town … 0

Dog order put down may get second chance

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

MONTAGUE — The Montague Chief of Police is pursuing a deal with the owner of a dog previously ordered destroyed. The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday heard from Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge III and agreed that he should continue the out-of-court agreement in the absence of a key … 0

Safe School Summit seeks positive learning environment

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

HOLYOKE — Charles D. Appelstein does not believe there is such a thing as a “bad kid.” “I think any kid who wants to do something violent really doesn’t want to do it,” said Appelstein, a youth-care specialist from Salem, N.H. He said he believes that most of … 0

Amherst teachers, staff told not to talk about Gardner case

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst Regional High School teachers and staff have been advised not to comment publicly or have discussions with students about former math teacher Carolyn Gardner, whose attorneys last month filed a discrimination complaint against the school district. Meantime, a Tuesday meeting of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School … 0

Hawley OKs tax plan

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

HAWLEY — Special town meeting voters approved a draft tax agreement last week, and authorized its Board of Assessors to negotiate with AllEarth Services LLC, the Vermont-based company that owns the 500-kilowatt solar farm on leased land from Berkshire East. Because the solar energy company charges the mountain … 0

Sunderland Elementary completes playground renovations

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Students at Sunderland Elementary School who donned their coats and hats and headed out to recess last week were met with a pleasant surprise: The school’s new playground is up and running after a remodeling project … 0

Singley’s Furniture to close doors Saturday

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Back in 1947, when Edward J. Singley opened his furniture store at 19 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls was full of young families who needed furniture, but were making wages of $35 to $40 per week. … 1

Plans for Vt. Yankee’s future under review

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Two studies on the future of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant site are under review by the Vermont Public Service Department, which is accepting public comment through Tuesday . The Vermont Yankee Site Assessment Study, issued last month by plant owner Entergy, describes its plans … 0

Orange fears layoffs at Rodney Hunt

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

ORANGE — Fearing Rodney Hunt Co. may be shedding jobs not adding them, the town has moved to revoke a tax break it granted the local floodgate maker when it promised to expand operations here almost three years ago. Town officials have also heard reports from state officials … 0

Hospital seeks grant proposals to meet community needs

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — Once again, Baystate Franklin Medical Center is asking for nonprofit and government organizations to submit proposals for addressing unmet health needs of Franklin County. Those ideas would compete for a slice of $150,000 in available grants. The hospital’s Community Benefits Advisory Council has issued a request … 0