UMass suspends informant program

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

AMHERST — A confidential informant program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that came under fire this week following the report of a student informant’s death from a drug overdose has been suspended indefinitely pending its full review, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy announced in an email to faculty and students Tuesday night. “The review will consider whether the program should be … 0

National road salt pinch felt in local prices

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

New England, as elsewhere, is feeling the pinch from the past winter’s snowstorms in parts of the country usually untouched by the cold stuff. High … 0

Montague sewer rates likely to stay level

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Sewer rates won’t go up this year, a decision the Montague Board of Selectmen made largely in support of the last remaining … 0

Phillipston crash hospitalizes four, slows Route 2

Monday, September 29, 2014

PHILLIPSTON — State Police report three adults and a toddler were hospitalized, an Orange man with life-threatening injuries, following a two-car collision on Route 2 Monday afternoon. According to a State Police release, a 911-caller a 1:50 p.m. reported that a vehicle travelling eastbound on Route 2 crossed … 0

Groups plan weekend cleanup of downtown Greenfield

Monday, September 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — The same group that plans to install 50 benches throughout the downtown over the next few years is planning Broom Days on Saturday and Sunday with the Downtown Cleanup Brigade. Both groups will clean up Bank Row on Saturday and Fiske Avenue on Sunday. The groups … 0

River cleanup results trickle in

Monday, September 29, 2014

Angela Mrozinski of the Greenfield-based Connecticut River Watershed Council, which organizes the annual four-state Source to Sea Cleanup said it will be some time before numbers are tallied, but was hopeful that Saturday’s sun boosted volunteer turnout. In Greenfield, David Boles of the Deerfield River Watershed Association estimated … 0

Neighbors: Mohawk Trail featured again

Monday, September 29, 2014

Hello neighbor. Once again, our beautiful 100-year-old Mohawk Trail has been featured — this time by the Boston Globe in its Sunday Travel section on Sept. 28. Just recently, Yankee Magazine wrote several articles on the trail and our great county. A photo essay by Essdras M. Suarez … 0

Prescription drug take-back nets nearly a ton

Monday, September 29, 2014

Medications are usually measured in milligrams, or thousandths of a gram. Measurements were in pounds Saturday as residents turned in old prescriptions and other unwanted medications for the free drug take-back day organized by the Northwestern District Attorney’s office. The effort netted a total of 1,772 pounds of … 0

West County Notebook

Monday, September 29, 2014

Financial aid info night at Academy at Charlemont CHARLEMONT — The Academy at Charlemont and the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority will be holding a financial aid information night at the academy on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. All local families are invited to attend. The meeting will include discussions … 0

New resident wows with her pudding in Hawley

Sunday, September 28, 2014

HAWLEY — Leslie Clark took home the crown from Sunday’s Pudding Hollow Festival, her coconut cream custard pudding winning her the admiration of the judges, as well as a plastic diadem and an assortment of cookware and ingredients. … 0

Berkshire East still remaking itself

Sunday, September 28, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Mountain-biking down the Berkshire East mountain might be thrilling, but first, you’d have that awful uphill climb, right? Not really, because Berkshire East has started building a “lift serviced” mountain bike park this month. According to Berkshire East, several downhill trails are being designed for riders … 0

Garlic eating contest leaves only 1 standing

Sunday, September 28, 2014

ORANGE — All it took was a single clove of raw garlic to send 11-year-old Adrianna Annello running into her father’s arms, eyes watering and tongue stuck out. The 16th annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival’s garlic … 0

Proposed Northfield trail would bring hiking to the handicapped

Sunday, September 28, 2014

NORTHFIELD — A proposed hiking trail would make the great outdoors accessible to everyone — even those who can’t walk. “Hiking trails are a major element of the town’s new master plan, and there aren’t a lot of ways for people with disabilities to access the outdoors,” said … 0