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Town spends $100,000 more than it budgeted for snow and ice; DPW crews begin spring cleanup

Thursday, March 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town spent about $100,000 more than it budgeted for snow and ice this year. For the past four years, the town has budgeted $200,000 for snow and ice. This year, it spent between $297,000 and $299,000, according to Department of Public Works Director Donald Ouellette. He said considering the rough winter, which brought a lot of snow … 0

Former Erving police sergeant says he wants $250K because he was unjustly forced to resign

Thursday, March 26, 2015

ERVING — A former police sergeant is seeking $250,000 from the town, claiming he was unjustly forced to resign. Corey Greene resigned from the Erving … 0

Towns question Frontier budget reversal

Thursday, March 26, 2015

SUNDERLAND — The Frontier Regional School Committee’s decision to reinstate funding for six positions and raise its budget by about 2 percent may not stand … 0

Ways and Means members talk education at GCC

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Before two dozen state legislators, state education commissioners asked for increased investments in education to improve access to higher education, maintain campus facilities, close achievement gaps and stay competitive. State commissioners Mitchell D. Chester, Tom Weber, Richard Freeland, Secretary of Education James Peyser and Christine M. … 0

Montague community cable causes contention

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

MONTAGUE — With negotiations to follow, the Board of Selectmen agreed in principle this week to a new contract with the group behind Montague Community Television, after an acrimonious discussion of Montague Community Cable Inc.’s performance and that of the town oversight committee. Ultimately, the Board of Selectmen … 0

Whately school spending would see tiny hike

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WHATELY — Whately Elementary School joins the Conway Grammar School as a South County public school proposing a budget that keeps increases below 2 percent without cutting staff. The school’s $1.5 million budget is a 0.6 percent increase over this year, making it the lowest increase of any … 0

Frosty windshield lands teen cyclist in hospital after car accident

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — An area teenager was hospitalized after he was hit by a car while biking to school. Police, firefighters and ambulance personnel were dispatched to the corner of Chapman and Silver streets for the 7:25 a.m. accident Tuesday. The 14-year-old boy riding the bike was taken to … 0

Gill nomination papers available until Thursday

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

GILL — Nomination papers for the May 18 annual town election will be available in the Town Hall until Thursday at 5 p.m. Papers must be returned by 5 p.m. on March 30. There are two vacant elected offices in Gill this year: cemetery commissioner and library trustee. … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Election deadlines near SHELBURNE — Residents have until Monday to submit nomination papers to Town Clerk Joseph Judd, if they wish to run in this spring’s annual election. So far, said Judd, there are no election contests, and a few vacancies with no candidates: a one-year unexpired seat … 0

Conway community helps rebuild fire-damaged sugarhouse

Monday, March 23, 2015

CONWAY — When a “packed to the rafters” wood storage area at Boyden Bros. Sugarhouse caught fire Sunday, owner Howard Boyden was sure his maple business was about to go up in smoke. “If we lost the sugarhouse, … 0

Subcommittee recommends 4th-grade move

Monday, March 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Fourth-Grade Configuration Committee has recommended the fourth-grade move back to the elementary schools next year — except for students at Newton School. The full School Committee will consider the recommendation on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at GCTV Studio. The decision would return Greenfield schools to … 0

‘Sweetheart’ restaurant owner dies

Monday, March 23, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — The woman who bought the former Sweetheart Restaurant last July has died, according to an obituary published Sunday in The Boston Globe. Mauricia “Maury” Alvarez, 65, died Feb. 27, in her Conway home, according to … 0

Volunteer mentors Discovery School student in reading

Monday, March 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Three days each week, Caroline Whitbeck visits the Discovery School at Four Corners to read the “Magic Tree House” series with a third-grade student. Whitbeck, a retired ethics professor, takes turns reading the children’s book out … 0