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All (outdoors) access pass

Sunday, March 1, 2015

WENDELL — Three years ago, a single bite from a tick or mosquito changed Granby resident Cindi Gazda’s life forever. A small amount of blood wasn’t the only thing the insect took from her that day — the bite infected her with viral encephalitis, a disease that would leave her with severe cognitive and physical disabilities, including memory problems and … 0

Greenfield house earns builder energy award

Sunday, March 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — It all added up for this former math teacher, given the net sum of skyrocketing energy costs. So he built a net-zero energy … 0

Former inmate sets up community workshop as outreach program

Sunday, March 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — At 58, Don Wright has resolved to become a productive member of the community, after about five years in state prison and six … 0

Court OKs sale of Lamson property

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BUCKLAND — U.S. Bankruptcy Court will let the indebted Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co. sell off part of its 18-acre complex at 45 Conway St. in hopes that will help it emerge from its financial woes and set … 0

Franklin Community Co-op members look at GMO policies

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

GMOs — genetically modified organisms — are coming to Franklin Community Co-op as a topic, and a hot one at that. The co-op’s Non-GMO Committee will be bringing the issue before the membership’s annual meeting Sunday, along with … 0

Sun burned

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Proposed state laws on solar-electric generation would discourage home, small-scale commercial and community photovoltaic projects, legislators were told Wednesday. Nearly 24 advocates for keeping state policies that encourage as much solar development as possible pressed a legislative task … 0

Vt. AG pushes NRC to look into Entergy finances

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Vermont’s attorney general has endorsed a petition filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission raising concerns about Entergy Nuclear’s ability to pay for decommissioning the shutdown Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, and seeking an investigation into its fiscal health in … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bowling alley liquor license transfer OK’d SHELBURNE — Prospective Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley owners Anthony and Tamarack Hanna are within striking distance of buying the 109-year-old candlepin bowling center, now that selectmen have approved their request for a full-service liquor license transfer. The Hannas, who are longtime customers … 0

Argotec leasing Channing Bete warehouse

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — The plastic-film manufacturer that recently received a tax break from the town in exchange for adding 50 jobs over the next five years has signed a long-term lease with another manufacturer to use its warehouse in … 0

I-91 traffic stop leads to drug arrest for Chicopee man

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — A traffic stop on Interstate 91 Tuesday night led to the arrest of a Chicopee man on drug charges by the State Police. Billie Roman, 31, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin, operating with a suspended license, speeding and failing to … 0

Master plan halfway there

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BERNARDSTON — The town is now halfway to a 20-year master plan. Bernardston hired the Conway School of Landscape Design to help craft its first master plan since 1975. A group of three graduate students finished the document’s first four chapters in less than two months. The students … 0

Chief justice visits Franklin County

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — The expanding role of courts in the expanding opioid addiction problem was a recurring thread in the temporary Munson Street courthouse Tuesday as the state’s top judge paid a visit and met with judges, staff and … 0

Hoping for sweet solution

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Early Tuesday morning, Fred Putala of Greenfield sat on a corner stool at Adams Donuts and chatted with friends about town news over a cup of coffee. Across from him, he traded jokes with Don Girard of Turners Falls. Carrie Brown, owner of the 59-year-old business, … 0