Rowe Board of Selectmen accepts fire chief’s resignation

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

ROWE — Clad in his “Chief” Fire Department T-shirt and with many supporters present, Rowe Fire Chief Paul McLatchy Jr. repeated his reasons for resigning and defended his resignation letter “To the Townspeople of Rowe,” which was emailed to some townspeople before the Board of Selectmen got their formal, less volatile resignation letter. Last Tuesday, McLatchy told Selectman Walter Quist … 0

Whately Planning Board will continue Bayer site plan review

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

WHATELY — The Planning Board stopped short Tuesday night of approving local thermoplastic company Bayer MaterialScience’s site plan for a proposed expansion of its factory … 0

Handful of Greenfield parents, teachers oppose PARCC

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — Of the handful of parents and teachers who attended the School Committee’s public hearing on standardized testing Wednesday night, all came out against … 0

Deerfield’s year without a town administrator

Sunday, July 27, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — It has been one full year since the town has had a permanent full-time town administrator. And, despite changes to the job description, searches and public interviews, the Board of Selectmen is still trying to decide how much authority the top manager in town should … 0

Gas pipeline proponents to address Northfield residents Aug. 19

Sunday, July 27, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Local residents will finally have their chance to pose questions to the proponents of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Expansion. The pipeline company has agreed to address a community meeting Aug. 19 at 7 p.m., at Pioneer Valley Regional School. Representatives of Kinder Morgan, the pipeline’s parent … 0

Buckland to vote on wind bylaw next month

Sunday, July 27, 2014

BUCKLAND — After hearing from residents this week, the Planning Board will take another look at its proposed small-scale wind turbine bylaw before bringing it to a vote at a special town meeting in late August. The proposal defines a “small wind energy facility” as a turbine that … 0

New collaboration opens doors for economic security for women

Sunday, July 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College and area women’s and domestic violence resource advocacy groups are partnering to empower at-risk women in transition in Franklin County. The Franklin County Women’s GARDEN (Growing Agricultural Resiliency and Developing Economic Networks) Project is a new three-year partnership, funded through a $20,000 grant … 0

Low water warning issued Conn. River

Sunday, July 27, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Turners Falls Dam operator warns water levels will be low Tuesday and Thursday on the Connecticut River, from Turners Falls to Vernon, Vt. According to a release from FirstLight Hydro Generating Company Land Management Administrator Beth Bazler, the company is supporting fellow Connecticut River … 0

Weldon residents to be without an elevator

Friday, July 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — Residents of the 109-year-old Weldon House on High Street will have to take the stairs to their upper-floor apartments for the next six to eight weeks while the owner replaces the only elevator in the concrete … 1

Leyden Rifle Club wants to ‘take cover’

Friday, July 25, 2014

LEYDEN — The Leyden Rifle Club is once again taking aim at a permit to put a roof over its firing line. “We’re going to make one more attempt to get a variance from the Zoning Board of … 0

Questions remain after COG pipeline meeting

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Planning Board, along with the nearly 300 people attending their meeting Thursday, got to pose a series of questions to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. spokesmen, yet questions remained about TGP’s proposed project. The two-hour long session, during which four representatives … 1

Greenfield waits to hear from lawyer about possible fireworks short-change

Friday, July 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — The town will have to wait a few more days for a lawyer’s opinion on whether a New Hampshire company has been short-changing the town’s annual fireworks display for the last four years. Mayor William Martin said it will most likely be early next week before … 0

Ready to go the final mile

Friday, July 25, 2014

Included in the legislation passed in the final days of this Beacon Hill session is a measure giving Massachusetts Broadband Institute the mechanism to begin using a $50 million bond to help build last-mile telecommunication in unserved and underserved parts of the state. The multi-faceted IT bond bill, … 0