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Monk living in Conway recounts experiencing deadly Nepalese earthquake

Friday, May 22, 2015

CONWAY — After spending three years as a visiting scholar at Hampshire College and then beginning his study of Tibetan medicine here, Buddhist monk Nuptul Tenpei Nyima returned to Nepal’s Sangchen Rabten Norbuling Monastery, where he is an abbot, in Nepal’s Himalayas. He arrived at the monastery after 5 or 6 days of trekking in the Katmandu Valley on April … 0

Hawley: Is cheaper broadband possible?

Friday, May 22, 2015

HAWLEY — How will Hawley, one of the tiniest WiredWest member towns, get high-speed Internet for less than $1 million? That’s a question Kirby “Lark” … 0

Local pols seek to intervene in pipeline deal

Friday, May 22, 2015

Several area state legislators are joining anti-pipeline groups seeking legal status to intervene in Berkshire Gas Co.’s request to become a customer of the planned … 0

Erving may be on hook for railroad work

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

ERVING — Selectmen will hold a special meeting tonight in the wake of unwelcome news about a railroad crossing. William Bembury, chairman of the Erving Board of Selectmen, said the town received a letter last week from Pan Am Railways stating that the Federal Railroad Administration had cited … 0

Board rejects Vt.’s appeal on nuke plant emergency planning exemption

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Entergy Nuclear is an important step closer to the elimination of the 10-mile emergency planning zone around the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. In a decision released Monday, the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board … 0

Montague advocate makes case for 45-day absentee ballot requirement

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Local disability access advocate Betty Tegel this week asked the Board of Selectmen to establish a 45-day requirement for mailing of absentee ballots, saying she did not get hers until the Thursday before Monday’s town election. Selectmen agreed Tuesday to investigate and to put Tegel’s … 0

Hike into the Catamount Hills of Colrain

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

COLRAIN — On Saturday Muriel Russell of the Deerfield River Watershed Association will lead one of her popular hikes in the Catamount Hills. Weather permitting, this woodland walk will pass a vernal pool with hatching frogs, salamanders and toads, a larger pond and a running brook. The wild … 0

Shelburne police chief off active duty

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SHELBURNE — The Board of Selectmen announced today that Police Chief Steve Walker will assume administrative duties within the Police Department while he is addressing vision-related medical concerns. During this period, Sgt. Greg Bardwell will serve as officer in charge. … 0

Motorcyclist dies after Leverett accident

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

LEVERETT — One of two motorcyclists injured in a three-vehicle accident in Leverett Sunday night has died, according to Mary Carey, a spokeswoman for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. Carey said Wednesday that she did not expect the identity of the person killed to be made public until … 0

Downtown Greenfield building to be razed

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town is going to have to spend its own money to raze a crumbling building on Main Street. Housing Court ordered the building at 188 Main St. be razed after the town took the owner … 1

Seeds of empowerment: Women’s GARDEN project aims to grow vegetables, independence

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

GREENFIELD — The vegetable plants now growing around NELCWIT’s offices are more than just vegetables. This week’s raised-bed plantings in front of New England Learning Center for Women in Transition’s headquarters is the culmination of a set of … 0

Recent raids net 229 bags of heroin in Turners Falls

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Northwestern District Anti-Crime Task Force knocked down doors and arrested five Thursday at a Fifth Street apartment building. One woman faces drug dealing charges. Of the remaining four, three were arrested on outstanding warrants and the third on a charge of being present where … 0

Greenfield won’t need to borrow $1.3M

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town isn’t going to have to borrow $1.3 million to complete 18 projects it had planned starting in 2002. Greenfield Finance Director Marjorie Lane Kelly said Mayor William Martin will ask Town Council on Wednesday night to rescind unused borrowing for those projects, which would … 0