UMass suspends informant program

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

AMHERST — A confidential informant program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that came under fire this week following the report of a student informant’s death from a drug overdose has been suspended indefinitely pending its full review, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy announced in an email to faculty and students Tuesday night. “The review will consider whether the program should be … 0

National road salt pinch felt in local prices

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

New England, as elsewhere, is feeling the pinch from the past winter’s snowstorms in parts of the country usually untouched by the cold stuff. High … 0

Montague sewer rates likely to stay level

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Sewer rates won’t go up this year, a decision the Montague Board of Selectmen made largely in support of the last remaining … 0

West County Notebook

Monday, September 29, 2014

Financial aid info night at Academy at Charlemont CHARLEMONT — The Academy at Charlemont and the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority will be holding a financial aid information night at the academy on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. All local families are invited to attend. The meeting will include discussions … 0

New resident wows with her pudding in Hawley

Sunday, September 28, 2014

HAWLEY — Leslie Clark took home the crown from Sunday’s Pudding Hollow Festival, her coconut cream custard pudding winning her the admiration of the judges, as well as a plastic diadem and an assortment of cookware and ingredients. … 0

Berkshire East still remaking itself

Sunday, September 28, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Mountain-biking down the Berkshire East mountain might be thrilling, but first, you’d have that awful uphill climb, right? Not really, because Berkshire East has started building a “lift serviced” mountain bike park this month. According to Berkshire East, several downhill trails are being designed for riders … 0

Garlic eating contest leaves only 1 standing

Sunday, September 28, 2014

ORANGE — All it took was a single clove of raw garlic to send 11-year-old Adrianna Annello running into her father’s arms, eyes watering and tongue stuck out. The 16th annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival’s garlic … 0

Proposed Northfield trail would bring hiking to the handicapped

Sunday, September 28, 2014

NORTHFIELD — A proposed hiking trail would make the great outdoors accessible to everyone — even those who can’t walk. “Hiking trails are a major element of the town’s new master plan, and there aren’t a lot of ways for people with disabilities to access the outdoors,” said … 0

Rep. Paul Mark named to Vt. Yankee decommisioning advisory panel

Sunday, September 28, 2014

State. Rep. Paul Mark said he had 36 hours’ notice Tuesday about being appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick as the Massachusetts representative to the 19-member Vermont Nuclear Decommission-ing Citizens Advisory Panel before its meeting in Brattleboro, Vt. Mark, … 0

Demolition of condemned Conway property subject of public hearing Tuesday

Sunday, September 28, 2014

CONWAY — A condemned trailer home that has become an eyesore for Conway residents over the past few years may soon be demolished. The Conservation Commission will hold a public hearing Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall … 0

Hot air balloon makes emergency landing on I-91

Sunday, September 28, 2014

WHATELY — Cars, pickups and an occasional tractor-trailer truck are common enough sights in the Interstate 91 breakdown lane. Hot air balloons less so. Dorothea Wrobel of North Adams was headed home from Northampton on Saturday night after … 1

Four Rivers achieves 100% proficiency on ELA for fourth year

Sunday, September 28, 2014

GREENFIELD — For the fourth consecutive year, 10th-graders at Four Rivers Charter Public School achieved 100 percent proficiency on the English Language Arts MCAS test. Four Rivers also outperformed sending schools in every category of the high stakes test for grades 7, 8 and 10. The high scores … 0

Bulky Waste collections set for Oct. 18

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Franklin County Solid Waste District is holding its fall “Clean Sweep” bulky waste collection on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to noon, at three drop-off sites. The three sites are: Buckland Recreation Facility on Route 112 South, the Northfield Highway Garage on Caldwell Road, and the … 0