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Food City sells winning $4.79M lottery ticket; third big jackpot in town since 2012

Thursday, March 5, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Someone who shops at Food City is a newly minted millionaire. A winning $4.79 million lottery ticket was sold by the Avenue A supermarket, although the winner hadn’t stepped forward by press time Thursday. The winning numbers were 5-7-11-36-46-49 in Wednesday night’s Megabucks Doubler drawing, according to the Massachusetts Lottery Commission. On Thursday morning, the Lottery Commission’s … 0

Baker’s budget concerns officials

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The first budget proposal by Gov. Charlie Baker has gotten a mixed reaction from the area’s state legislative leaders, who raised questions about details in … 0

Deerfield, Sunderland talk sewer regionalization

Thursday, March 5, 2015

DEERFIELD — Deerland? Sunderfield? While that may be a bit of a stretch, it isn’t entirely off the mark with Sunderland and Deerfield’s selectmen beginning … 0

Leverett man cited in ambulance crash

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Leverett man was cited for obstructing an emergency vehicle after his vehicle struck an ambulance taking a patient to Cooley Dickinson Hospital Monday afternoon. The accident delayed the patient’s transfer from South Hadley to the hospital, but no one was injured, according to Northampton Police … 0

Greenfield High to celebrate, taste world culture

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — On Monday, a quartet from Moldova will bow violins, a drummer from Mali will beat the drums and dancers from South Asia will take the floor at Greenfield Community College as part of the 19th annual Greenfield High School Taste of World Culture. The event will … 0

Agricultural plastics recycling program up and running

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Four Franklin County transfer stations now accept agricultural plastics free, according to the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District. The Waste Management District implemented the program with Massachusetts Community Innovation Challenge Grant and Mass. Department of Environmental Protection grant money. Franklin County farmers may drop off plastics at … 0

UMass experts confirm regional cold records

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

In this area, 1934 no longer reigns supreme. UMass climate experts say that with February now concluded, weather observations show that Amherst, Hartford, and several other locations throughout New England will establish new record lows for February, and for any month on record. At Amherst the average temperature … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Soup’s on at Chowder Fest CHARLEMONT — Get out your recipes for The Friends of the Charlemont Fairgrounds seventh annual Chowder Fest on March 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Berkshire East Ski Lodge. To enter chowder, complete an entry form by March 16 and mail … 0

Sweet ending: Adams Donuts owner upbeat about its future

Monday, March 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — Adams Donuts owner Carrie Brown was upbeat about the local doughnut institution’s future Monday, with more than half its original stay-in-business fundraising goal reached and a revised goal within reach. The 59-year-old shop was threatened with … 0

Local social service agency behind governor’s plan for homeless families in hotels

Monday, March 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — The executive director of an organization that has been working to help homeless families adjust to life in two local hotels for the past three years said she shares the governor’s goal to reduce family homelessness … 1

Read Across America Day

Monday, March 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — “You don’t need a fancy office. That’s what’s great about being an author. You just need a paper and pencil,” said Natasha Lowe, a popular children’s book author, to a roomful of Newton School students. Lowe, … 0

Montague to put Strathmore Mill out for development bid again

Monday, March 2, 2015

MONTAGUE — The town will release another request for a developer to take all or a portion of the former Strathmore Paper Mill off the town’s hands, this time narrowing the focus to a single building in the complex. “Despite better judgment, I remain optimistic about the fate … 0

New scholarship for LGBTQI students, allies

Monday, March 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — The PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Franklin Hampshire Chapter has announced a new scholarship for graduating seniors in Franklin and Hampshire counties. Known as the Eric Collins Memorial Award, the scholarship will be given to two graduating seniors, one each in Franklin … 1