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The area known as White Ash Swamp, in the lower left side of the photo, is part of the original Mackin property that is slated for development of a big box store along the French King Highway in Greenfield. White Ash Swamp is believed by some to be a reburial site for Native American remains.

Court: Big box abutters have choice of venue for appeal

Thursday, February 11, 2016

GREENFIELD — The Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday that neighbors who are fighting a planned 135,000-square-foot big box store on the French King Highway have the right to request another venue for their appeal — either Land Court or Superior Court. Albert Norman, the Greenfield man known nationally as a “sprawl-buster” who has been representing abutters since 2007 when the … 0

Greenfield supt. seeks $700,000 budget hike

Thursday, February 11, 2016

GREENFIELD — No positions are expected to be cut under the Greenfield School Department’s current $18.2 million superintendent’s draft budget, which the budget subcommittee approved … 0

Leverett broadband setup wins innovation award

Thursday, February 11, 2016

LEVERETT — With its 1-gigabit-per-second fiber-optic LeverettNet up and running as other towns struggle to build their last-mile connections, Leverett has received recognition from the … 0

Beastcam: Building a better animal camera

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — When UMass Amherst biologist Duncan Irschick was studying the morphology of sharks in Florida last April, he wanted a better way to understand their body shapes. So Irschick, along with two undergraduate co-inventors, created a 3D … 0

Amherst’s College Pizza loses license to sell food

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — A 2014 incident in which surveillance video shows a nearly naked man preparing a sandwich for a customer at College Pizza, and other alleged unsanitary behavior by the same employee, prompted a yearlong suspension of the restaurant’s license this week. The Board of Health voted 3-0 … 0

Dean, 2 associate deans resigning from UMass College of Education

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — Three top officials at the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have tendered their resignations. Dean Christine McCormick, who has held that role since 2005, as well as Associate Deans Joseph Berger and Linda Griffin, have all announced they will be leaving the … 0

UMass ecologist leads 1st study of climate change impact on sugar maples

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — As maple sugaring season approaches, plant ecologist Kristina Stinson at the University of Massachusetts recently received a two-year, $149,800 grant to study the impact of climate change on the quantity and quality of sugar maple sap, including its chemical composition. The researchers believe this is the … 0

‘Renewable Redoable’: Four Rivers students’ film about energy in Burlington, Vt., to play at Garden Cinemas Thursday

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

GREENFIELD — Four River Charter Public School seniors studying the energy issue this year had little trouble figuring out what the focus of their final project should be for their “learning expedition,” dubbed “How Do We Keep the … 0

County’s Bernie Sanders supporters happy with win, but not surprised

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Bernie Sanders supporters in Franklin County said they were happy — but not surprised — to learn Sanders won the New Hampshire Democratic primary Tuesday night. David Cohen of Greenfield, who is involved with the Pioneer Valley for Bernie committee, was watching live coverage of the presidential primary … 0

Medical marijuana group eyes Bernardston farming facility

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

BERNARDSTON — Happy Valley Compassion Center, a nonprofit medical marijuana organization based out of Greenfield, is eyeing Bernardston as a possible location for a pot farm. Last week, operation facilitator Jim Counihan and his two business partners expressed … 0

Fewer firefighters means more towns respond

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

GREENFIELD — After a fire tore through the front of a single-family home on Birch Street last month, some were left questioning why so many towns responded to provide mutual aid. However, local fire chiefs say the nine-town … 0

Going over the falls: Group seeks grant for Potholes observation deck

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

SHELBURNE — Shelburne Falls artists and business owners who would like to see the restoration of the Glacial Potholes as a major attraction made a pitch to Selectmen this week, asking them to apply for an ArtPlace America … 0

Local vets sound off to VA in Greenfield

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

GREENFIELD — Local veterans got the chance to sound off before top brass from the Veteran Affairs of Central Western Massachusetts Health Care System during a meeting designed to draw feedback from those the hospital serves. The meeting, … 0