Iron Bridge to be repaved

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The iconic Iron Bridge is not just the main artery between Shelburne and Buckland, it’s also the only winter walkway connecting both sides of the village. Besides its role in traffic, the Iron Bridge is the parade route of choice for every holiday parade. Thousands of runners in the Bridge of Flowers Road Race cross it to … 0

Mayor to give each precinct money for projects

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Each of the town’s nine precincts will soon get a boost if Town Council accepts an offer by the mayor of $130,000 from … 0

Question 3 asks voters to weigh in on casino decision

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Place your bets: Will casinos in Massachusetts win money for cities and towns, or will they cost local aid through lost lottery revenue, as ballot … 0

Greenfield will wait to see where surplus money goes

Sunday, October 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Mayor William Martin said he will work with town councilors who voted against putting more than $1.3 million of “free cash” surplus into stabilization this year so that the town has enough money in reserve for unexpected expenses. “I will be explaining to them in even … 0

Warm the Children helps Northfield family

Friday, October 17, 2014

NORTHFIELD — New clothes are not a luxury that Northfield resident Lucinda Jordan is used to receiving. As an unemployed single mother of two young girls, Jordan, 27, is more accustomed to making what she does have last, … 0

Hawley voters end bitter town meeting early

Friday, October 17, 2014

HAWLEY — Both tempers and old grievances flared in this hilltown, prompting frustrated voters to end a special town meeting after nearly 2 1/2 hours of arguing — but not voting. Voters abruptly adjourned a heated special town meeting that became a gavelled-down shouting match revealing bitter divisions … 2

Conway Selectboard drops plans for third pass at garage project

Friday, October 17, 2014

CONWAY — It seems Conway’s Highway Department, Ambulance, and Fire Department will continue sharing the old highway garage on Route 116 for the foreseeable future. A $3.4 million replacement, in the works for the past decade, has narrowly missed getting voter approval three times this year. At its … 0

Lunt rezoned for better neighborhood fit

Friday, October 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — You won’t be seeing any industry setting up shop on the former Lunt Silversmith property on Federal Street. The land has been rezoned from general industrial to limited commercial-urban residential, making it consistent with the surrounding … 0

Healey hears from opioid task force

Friday, October 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — If elected, one candidate for state attorney general would like to use the work of a local anti-addiction coalition as a model for other addiction-fighting partnerships around the state. Maura Healey, Democratic candidate for attorney general, … 1

GCC Foundation celebrates exceeding goal

Friday, October 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Some colleges and universities build big fences and walls around their property and there’s no interaction with the community, said U.S. Congressman James McGovern, speaking at Greenfield Community College Foundation’s annual meeting. Not here. “This school … 0

Transportation ‘windfall:’ Mohawk proposes revolving fund

Friday, October 17, 2014

BUCKLAND — With the state paying 90 percent — instead of 60 percent — of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s $750,000 reimbursable school bus costs this year, four member towns have asked Mohawk to refund part of their school assessments that were based on the lower estimate … 0

FirstLight Power appeals Montague taxes

Friday, October 17, 2014

MONTAGUE — Businesses will pay a slightly lower share of the town’s taxes this year, with a slight shift from the commercial share of the tax burden back to homeowners. Meanwhile, one of the town’s larger taxpayers is appealing its bill. Assessor Barbara Miller said the average single-family … 0

Rowe Elementary returns to ‘Level 1’ school

Friday, October 17, 2014

ROWE — The Rowe Elementary School is once a again a “Level 1” school, according to the student scores on this spring’s Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System. Principal Bill Knittle said Rowe missed MCAS’s highest school designation by only one point in 2013, but the latest results put the … 0