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A sign of what’s in the pipeline? Some area activists show solidarity to Pa. sugarers

Friday, February 12, 2016

The plastic tubing that collects sap from sugar maples at the Holleran family’s maple operation in Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna County is the only pipeline the family wants to see cutting through their 23 acres, but a tree-cutting crew is poised to clear a path for the 125-mile-long Constitution gas pipeline. So far the family and friends have kept tree-cutters at bay. … 0

Martin seeks ‘breather year’ for Greenfield budget; Mayor aims for no increase to budget, no reduction in services

Friday, February 12, 2016

GREENFIELD — Residents will likely not see a significant expansion or reduction in town services during the budget year that begins July 1, according to … 0

MBI ‘Last Mile’ overseer Nakajima quits

Friday, February 12, 2016

Eric Nakajima, the man who was to have shepherded the build-out of “Last Mile” broadband to most of Western Massachusetts, has stepped down from his … 0

Mary Anne Marsh —political pundit and GHS grad — shares her take on the ‘craziest’ election race she’s seen

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Expect a “slugfest through the spring and possibly the early summer.” That’s the word, at least, from Mary Anne Marsh, the Greenfield-raised political pundit reporting on “the greatest election of my lifetime, and the craziest I’ve seen,” following … 0

SJC gives neighbors fighting planned big box store right to request another venue for appeal

Thursday, February 11, 2016

GREENFIELD — The Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday that neighbors who are fighting a planned 135,000-square-foot big box store on the French King Highway have the right to request another venue for their appeal — either Land Court or Superior Court. Albert Norman, the Greenfield man known nationally … 0

No foul play suspected as body found near river in Colrain

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

COLRAIN — Police say no foul play is suspected in the case of a body that was found by the bank of a river on Jacksonville Road Wednesday night. On a residential, wooded area behind a single-family house, … 0

Public weighs in on senior center sustainability, use, design

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

GREENFIELD — When it comes to the town’s new senior center, sustainability, potential use by youth and the community, and the physical design of the new building are on the minds of the public. About 30 residents of … 0

What does it take to build a new library? Erving, Greenfield, other towns look to Athol’s shiny new example

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

When Athol’s public library took shape in 1918 it was built on land given by local businessman Laroy Starrett and with money donated by industrialist and noted library philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, but behind that were decades of negotiations … 0

Giving life, giving hope

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center is among a select group of hospitals and transplant centers nationwide recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for reaching gold, silver, or bronze levels of achievement by conducting … 0

Regional Notebook

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Dog licenses available in Hawley HAWLEY — Dog licenses are now available, and all pet owners must license their dogs by March 31 to avoid a late fine. Town clerk hours are Wednesdays from 9 to noon or by appointment. There will also be a rabies clinic where … 0

Beastcam: Building a better animal camera

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — When UMass Amherst biologist Duncan Irschick was studying the morphology of sharks in Florida last April, he wanted a better way to understand their body shapes. So Irschick, along with two undergraduate co-inventors, created a 3D … 0

Amherst’s College Pizza loses license to sell food

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — A 2014 incident in which surveillance video shows a nearly naked man preparing a sandwich for a customer at College Pizza, and other alleged unsanitary behavior by the same employee, prompted a yearlong suspension of the restaurant’s license this week. The Board of Health voted 3-0 … 0

Dean, 2 associate deans resigning from UMass College of Education

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — Three top officials at the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have tendered their resignations. Dean Christine McCormick, who has held that role since 2005, as well as Associate Deans Joseph Berger and Linda Griffin, have all announced they will be leaving the … 0