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Welcoming winter’s arrival

Sunday, December 21, 2014

COLRAIN — How does a czar eat a potato? It’s fired from a cannon through a wall of butter and into his mouth, of course. At least, that’s what storyteller Yosl Kurland told his audience at the Winter Solstice Celebration at The Round House in Colrain Saturday night. According to the traditional Yiddish story and folk song that Kurland performed … 0

Olver helped engineer passenger rail’s return

Sunday, December 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — The name John W. Olver is at the front of the intermodal transit center that will serve as the station for the first … 0

Children at center of this Hanukkah celebration

Sunday, December 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — With the sun down and the electric lights dimmed, a laughing group celebrated the sixth night of Hanukkah with candles and song Sunday, … 0

Missing woman found dead

Thursday, December 18, 2014

ORANGE — A local woman missing since Tuesday was found dead in the Millers River Thursday. Cynthia Ayer, 52, was found around 1 p.m. in the river in West Orange on the second day of a multi-agency search. … 0

High school causes sharp increase in Greenfield tax bills

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — The average homeowner will pay $352 more this year in property taxes than they did last year, because the first payment of the $22 million the town borrowed for the new $66 million high school is included in this year’s tax levy, according to Assessor Audrey … 0

Greenfield has vacant property ordinance

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — The town now has an ordinance that will require owners to maintain their properties, at least to the point that they don’t abandoned them and let them slip into disrepair. The Vacant and Foreclosing Properties Ordinance was adopted by Town Council after more than an hour … 0

Pair charged in summer break-ins

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — A stolen debit card used to buy gas led to burglary charges against two area men, according to police. Matthew Fowler, 20, of 36 Millers Falls Road, Turners Falls, and Tyler Lussier, 19, of 135 Conway St., are charged with 11 counts of breaking into a … 0

Neighbors: Take advantage of technology, but don’t let it rule you

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. I just wanted to finish what I started on Tuesday, if you don’t mind. I seem to be on my soapbox this week, so please bear with me. I guess I’m just filled with the joy of the season and want to share it with you. … 0

US-Cuba thaw affirms McGovern’s advocacy

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Congressman James P. McGovern, long an advocate of improved U.S.-Cuba relations, got a front-row seat Wednesday to the event he said made increased diplomacy possible — the return of American prisoner Alan Gross from Cuba. The Worcester Democrat, … 0

Montague trash holiday changes

Thursday, December 18, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The town’s trash and recycling pickup schedule will change over the next two weeks because of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. There will be no changes on Tuesday or Wednesday, but the normal Thursday pickup will be moved to Friday, and Friday pickup will … 0

Mayor: ‘it’s overwhelming’

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — While Mayor William Martin said he has nothing but empathy for the homeless families living in two of Greenfield’s hotels, he has to worry about how their presence might be affecting the people around them, especially … 0

Hotels-turned-shelters reap millions from state

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Taxpayer-funded payments to two Greenfield hotels housing some of the state’s homeless families have totaled more than $3 million since 2009. The Days Inn at 21 Colrain Road has received $2,136,826, while the Quality Inn on … 0

Season of giving close to heart of Franklin County

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Across Franklin County, food pantry shelves have been going bare, families are burning through their fuel aid already and the homeless are filling shelters. But despite the increasing need, Franklin County residents are working hard to … 0