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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 building. Richard Henken, president of Schochet Companies, which owns the Weldon and owns or manages about 6,400 other apartments, said the company … 0

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 … 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 … 0

Bar Association Advocates gets $33,000 grant

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — Lawyers advocating for domestic violence victims will be getting a slight boost in pay for their services. The Franklin County Bar Association Advocates received a $33,000 grant from the Massachusetts Bar Foundation to support the Bar Advocates for Victims of Domestic Violence, Children and Elders Program. … 0

Get to know Vt.’s decommissioning coordinator

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BRATTLEBORO — His tie is a dead giveaway. What man would wear a tie featuring the periodic table and then quickly identify uranium, neptunium and plutonium, adding that the trinity of radioactive elements were named after the planets? … 0

Selectmen look for help to stem French King Bridge suicides

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

According to rough figures gleaned from The Recorder’s newspaper’s archives, a minimum of 30 people have killed themselves in jumping from the French King Bridge since its construction in 1932, two this year. Troubled by the continued loss … 2

It’s showtime: Memorial Hall has new screen for films, opera

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The new state-of-the art movie screen was installed by volunteers this week — just in time for this weekend’s showing of the 1987 film “Moonstruck” at Pothole Pictures and for this fall’s season of the … 0

Erving admin. protests executive session as overreaction; board agrees to mediation

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

ERVING — The Board of Selectmen on Monday agreed to mediation with their 11-year town administrator after calling Thomas Sharp into an executive session — threatening his job — over a botched public meeting notice and nonspecific complaints from the chairman regarding his work schedule, conduct and expectations. … 0

Neighbors say Atlas and its owner ‘kind and generous’

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — While the mayor waits for word from the town’s lawyer about whether he thinks a New Hampshire company short-changed Greenfield’s fireworks display this year — an=d possibly for the past three or four years — neighbors … 0

Block grants bring $3.77M to Franklin County

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Nine Franklin County towns have been awarded nearly $3.77 million in federal Community Development Block Grants for housing rehabilitation, public service projects and work on local infrastructure, such as sidewalks. Greenfield will receive $900,000 for Washington Street sidewalk repair, for housing rehabilitation assistance on 12 units, and for … 0

Noise ordinance: Town Council votes to let mayor’s veto stand

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — The vote was unanimous by Town Council Tuesday night to sustain the mayor’s veto of a recently passed noise ordinance and start over in an attempt to write a more effective and enforceable ordinance. “I think we need to build a consensus this time,” said Vice … 0

Ashfield cell tower hearing moved to October

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

ASHFIELD — A public hearing on a proposed 150-foot communications tower for Spruce Corner Road has been continued to Oct. 1, to give the developer, Industrial Tower and Wireless LLC, time to find out if the tower meets the Federal Communications Commission’s rules for environmental review. Under the … 0

Lunt ball field purchase done

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — After several years of ups and downs, while the town continued to go to bat in its attempt to purchase the former Lunt Silversmith’s baseball fields, Greenfield now owns them. Mayor William Martin said the town … 0