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Historic riverside industry recreated in virtual reality

Friday, January 30, 2015

In 1897, along the banks of the Green River in Greenfield, industrial history was being made. The Wiley & Russell Manufacturing Company, which had formed 25 years earlier, was a successful, pioneering enterprise, being one of the first two companies in the world to manufacture the invention for cutting machine threads. This innovative tool enabled the mass production of things … 0

Greenfield drug raid nets 26 single-use bags of heroin; 4 arrested

Friday, January 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — State and local police swarmed an Oak Courts apartment and arrested four people after heroin was allegedly found there. Police recovered 26 single-use … 0

Hotel still planned for Wilson’s space; Project moving more slowly than expected

Thursday, January 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — Plans for an upscale hotel with banquet facilities are still in progress for the upper floors of Wilson’s Department Store, but the owner … 0

Forecast of hyperbole

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Blizzard Juno, forecast to be historically powerful, turned out to be rather anemic in Franklin County, its predicted punch weakening to a fairly light slap Tuesday. Most residents, who had a snow day off from work and school … 0

Shelburne Falls plays in the snow

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Ski tracks marked the unblemished snow on unshoveled sidewalks along Main Street Tuesday morning, as residents awoke to a few inches of powdery, to-die-for snow and the governor’s orders to do no driving. Hannah Chase, … 0

Good skiing once you make it to mountain

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CHARLEMONT — A travel ban and a $500 fine for driving in Tuesday’s blizzard weren’t enough to deter some die-hards from the fresh powder of the ski slopes. Attendance was less than expected at Berkshire East Mountain Resort, … 0

New fire truck means more water faster in emergencies in Montague Center

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

MONTAGUE CENTER — Where the fire department could previously carry 500 gallons of water it can now carry 1,000, and deliver that water with four more firefighters. A doubled water storage capacity and six seats to the old … 0

Police look for leads in latest Valley Mart robbery

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — Police are still looking for a masked man who brandished a knife in robbing the Valley Mart convenience store on Mill Street Monday afternoon. Police searched the area of Mill and Deerfield streets after the robbery, reported at 3:23 p.m. and local and state police were … 0

Plastic bag documentary to be shown in Greenfield tonight

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greening Greenfield and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice will show “Bag It!” today at 6:30 p.m. in First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St. The humorous, award-winning film about plastic follows Jeb Berrier as he navigates the plastic world. He asks questions like, “Are plastic bags … 0

Regional Notebook

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Montague library volunteers needed MONTAGUE — The Montague Libraries are in need of volunteers for the governing board of trustees. Two interim trustees are needed to fill in until the next town election in May. The board meets one or two evenings per month. Letters of interest should … 0

Greenfield councilor writes 2nd book

Monday, January 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Marian Kelner has had several careers in her lifetime — massage therapist, English teacher to people who speak other languages, and now she currently serves the town as its Precinct 1 town councilor. One of her … 0

New brewery planned for Orange Innovation Center

Monday, January 26, 2015

ORANGE — It may be snowing outside today, but beer will be pouring soon in Orange. Friends Sean Nolan and Jay Sullivan have signed a five-year lease for space in the Orange Innovation Center and hope to begin … 0

Bidders for school business job under review

Monday, January 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town of Greenfield and The Management Solutions were among two entities that bid for the temporary school business management job. Superintendent Jordana Harper and a School Committee subcommittee are reviewing the bids and are scheduled to make a recommendation to the full committee today at … 0