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Greenfield bench project a lesson in collaboration

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — A five-member group called Greenfield Rejuvenators is teaming up with the town, jail, a high school teacher and his students and local organizations to install up to another 50 benches in the downtown. The new benches are made from recycled materials like the green plastic ones already found along Main Street and on the Town Common, but they … 0

Andrews blasts mailing as ‘misleading attack’

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Rep. Denise Andrews, D-Orange, is lashing out against what she says is a “misleading attack mailing” by the conservative advocacy organization Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance “on … 0

Franklin County Opioid Task Force regroups, continues

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — The area Opioid Task Force met Tuesday for a look at the big picture of addiction in Franklin County and at reports from … 0

Sustainable film fest seeks submissions

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — There’s still time to get your short film into the running for the third annual Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival. Films seven minutes or shorter on sustainable living will be accepted until Oct. 17. The top films will be screened and awards announced starting at … 0

Neighbors: Support a local gem

Monday, September 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. I wanted to take a couple of minutes today to remind you folks of how lucky we are to have a real gem here in the county. I was talking with my friend Judy on Monday … 0

Tilton Library to hold art auction

Monday, September 15, 2014

DEERFIELD — Looking for a new piece of art to hang above the mantel? The Friends of the Tilton Library might be able to help. The group will hold a month-long art auction in the library between September and October. The auction, which will feature work by local … 0

MassDEP approves Whately’s Mill River stabilization plan

Sunday, September 14, 2014

WHATELY — Whately has cleared a major obstacle in its quest to stabilize the banks of the Mill River before they collapse and contaminate the town’s drinking water supply. During a meeting Friday afternoon, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection presented town officials with an Authorization of Emergency … 0

Wi-Fi, mediation on Ashfield special town meeting agenda

Sunday, September 14, 2014

ASHFIELD — Special town meeting voters will be asked to approve or reject a plan to set up wireless Internet service for town center residents, using box-shaped antennas on the Town Hall steeple. They will also weigh in on whether town officials should hire a mediator to help … 0

UMass Amherst gets $1M to help veterans enter nursing workforce

Sunday, September 14, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing has received a three-year, $1 million federal grant to implement “Heroes into Health Care: Veterans Entering the Nursing Workforce,” a program designed to increase the number and percentage of ethnic minority and disadvantaged veterans who successfully complete a … 0

‘Old’ 78 festival turns five

Sunday, September 14, 2014

WARWICK — A Saturday shindig will likely be the biggest backyard barbecue Warwick’s seen all year — and you’re invited. The Old 78 Farm Fall Festival is not a festival celebrating farms. It’s also not old. It’s not … 0

Schools offer curriculum to help resist drugs, risks

Sunday, September 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — Through a new curriculum, middle school students throughout Franklin County will learn how to handle critical life skills from conflict resolution to anger management to coping with anxiety. On Sept. 22, 20 teachers from 10 area school districts will be trained to deliver the Botvin LifeSkills … 0

Sweet lessons at honey festival

Sunday, September 14, 2014

DEERFIELD — At most outdoor gatherings, close encounters with bees are generally considered something to be avoided. But at Deerfield’s Warm Colors Apiary this weekend, that notion was turned on its head. The apiary was abuzz with beekeeping … 0

Close call for Deerfield garage fire

Sunday, September 14, 2014

DEERFIELD — A fire Saturday afternoon at 15 Kelleher Drive left a room off the garage uninhabitable but hurt no one. South Deerfield Fire Chief William Swasey said the first engine on scene extinguished the fire, which firefighters and the Massachusetts Fire Marshal’s office determined to be the … 0