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Hawlemont children visit with a goat brought to their classroom this spring. Submitted photo.

Hawlemont Ag program gears up for growth

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

HAWLEMONT — The chickens started school Tuesday night, in time to greet the 105 schoolchildren Wednesday for year 2 of the Hawlemont Regional School’s new agricultural curriculum. The cows, goats and sheep will come next week — after volunteers put up fencing for pastures this weekend. On the day before school opened, Jean Bruffee, teacher of the Hawlemont Agriculture and … 0

Main St.’s Magical Child owner looking to pass the toy store torch

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — The landmark downtown toy store that has been on Main Street since 1995 is for sale. Mary Walsh-Martel, owner of Magical Child, said … 0

Telemarketing the pipeline: Kinder Morgan cold calls seek support for gas project

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The proposed developer of a nearly 420-mile natural gas pipeline through eight Franklin County towns has been conducting telephone sampling about its Northeast Energy Direct … 0

Greenfield looking for fix to long traffic lights

Friday, August 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — A town councilor is leading the crusade to fix Greenfield’s traffic lights before someone gets hurt. “People sit through two or three cycles at some of the town’s intersections, and they get very impatient,” said Precinct … 4

Pioneer may take N.H. town’s students

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Pioneer Valley Regional School’s high school program hasn’t gone unnoticed by its New Hampshire neighbors. Winchester, N.H., is considering sending its high school students to Pioneer, a prospect that local school officials find attractive. Winchester has … 0

10 years later, reflections on Hurricane Katrina and it aftermath

Friday, August 28, 2015

“It was a sunny day. I had no cares. Everything was right with the world.” Walking down her New Orleans street with her 2-year-old daughter and six months pregnant, Tracy Keller recalls, “We enjoyed life. Everything was great. … 0

State court tosses local law restricting where sex offenders allowed to live

Friday, August 28, 2015

BOSTON — The state’s high court has upheld a judge’s decision to throw out a local law that severely restricts where sex offenders can live in the city of Lynn, a ruling that puts an end to a call earlier this year in Greenfield to enact similar restrictions. … 1

The past in pastel: Buckland artist focus of PVMA exhibit

Friday, August 28, 2015

DEERFIELD — A new exhibit at Memorial Hall Museum in Old Deerfield will feature five rarely displayed paintings by Robert Strong Woodward, a painter who lived in Buckland. The paintings are all privately owned and depict scenes from … 0

Buckland selectmen reaffirm pipeline vote

Friday, August 28, 2015

BUCKLAND — After deciding not to join Pipeline Awareness for the Northeast (PLAN-NE), a group opposed to the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline, the Board of Selectmen reluctantly agreed to “reaffirm” a special town meeting vote taken last summer calling for selectmen to oppose the Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s high-pressure … 0

Ashfield mulls $2.3 million broadband cost

Friday, August 28, 2015

ASHFIELD — The $2.3 million spending request for Ashfield’s share of the estimated $3.7 million needed for a town-wide fiber optic broadband network will be the largest capital outlay in the town’s history, Finance Committee member David Newell told about 75 townspeople this week, at a meeting to … 0

Full-day infant and toddler care coming to Turners

Friday, August 28, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — With working parents in mind, Community Action is changing its half-day preschool program on Central Street into an all-day infant and toddler program. Community Action’s Parent-Child Development Center on Central Street in Turners Falls will … 0

Suspect arrested in farm stand theft

Friday, August 28, 2015

DEERFIELD — Deerfield police have arrested a Palmer man in connection with the theft of a cash box from a local farm stand this week. Ryan Scott was arrested on a warrant Thursday afternoon at his place of … 0

Police locate lost hiker on Mount Sugarloaf

Friday, August 28, 2015

DEERFIELD — Police located a lost hiker on Mount Sugarloaf Friday after the Amherst resident called 911 just after noon. Deerfield Police Officer Adam Sokoloski said the hiker ended up about two miles away from her vehicle. According to a Facebook post by Deerfield police, officer Brian Ravish … 0