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FRTA bus fares free for Black Friday

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — You can hitch a free ride with the FRTA Friday. Rides on the Franklin Regional Transit Authority’s fixed route buses will be free all day. “It’s our way of kicking off the holiday season,” said FRTA Director Tina Cote. Whether you want to check out Black Friday deals at downtown shops in Greenfield or Northampton, stop at Yankee … 0

Greenfield parking kiosk lots to be free Fridays, Saturdays

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — Starting Friday through Jan 3. All parking in kiosk lots in town will be free on Fridays and Saturdays. That’s a change from … 0

A time of thanks ... and fires

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

This Thanksgiving, firefighting authorities would like families and home cooks to keep “not being on fire” on their list of blessings. For the past five … 0

Knights of Columbus donate coats to Sunderland students

Sunday, November 23, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Some students at Sunderland Elementary School will receive new free winter coats this year thanks to a local chapter of the Knights of Columbus. Knights of Columbus Council 15197, which operates out of Holy Family Church … 0

Moonlight Magic lights up holiday season

Sunday, November 23, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Forget about shopping malls and long lines on “Black Friday.” Moonlight Magic in Shelburne Falls is one way to experience both old traditions and new ones while finding gifts in the village shops and galleries. … 0

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 … 1

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 similar items have been jamming up equipment in the wastewater treatment plant and slowing operations. Highway Superintendent Kevin Scarborough went before the Board … 2

‘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” fundraising campaign. Local diners are invited to make donations to the Meals Program in specially marked envelopes at participating restaurants. While visiting participating … 0

Creative economy requires space for artists

Friday, November 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — If you think it’s hard finding a new place to live, try finding an affordable place where you can weld metal sculpture, paint, fire up pottery kilns, set up seasonal “pop-up” shops or rehearse your heavy metal rock band at night. “Artists tend to look for … 0

Green power program to launch January

Friday, November 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Residents can expect to save $72 while businesses can expect to save $144 this year on their electric bill because of the new Greenfield Light and Power Program. On Jan. 1, the Greenfield Community Light and Power will offer 100 percent green electricity to residential and … 1

Warm the Children helps family be ready for winter ahead

Friday, November 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — When Precious Burwell moved from New Jersey to Greenfield seven years ago, she and her three children weren’t exactly prepared for New England’s frigid, snowy winters. Burwell said she decided to move to Massachusetts because of … 0

Bomb threat at Mahar School

Friday, November 21, 2014

ORANGE — A bomb threat at Ralph C. Mahar School is under investigation by police. The threat came in by phone just after dismissal Friday, according to a news release from the district superintendent’s office. The building was evacuated, and Orange police and firefighters searched the school. No … 0

Art and science of generosity

Friday, November 21, 2014

MILLERS FALLS — For a good cause, take a chance to win three liters of very strong beer. In celebration of its fifth anniversary, Element Brewing Co. is raffling off five three-liter bottles of something it calls double … 0