Zombies penetrate Sunderland maze: A reporter’s narrow escape

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Stalks swayed in the night breeze as our tractor snaked through the dense cornfield, the brushy rattling sound they produced giving us the sensation that we were being followed. As the reporter covering southern Franklin County for The Recorder, I jumped into action when I heard that parts of Sunderland had been invaded by zombies. If the rumors … 0

Deerfield Health Board votes to ban proposed pipeline

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DEERFIELD — Deerfield’s Board of Health voted Wednesday night to ban construction of a proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. natural gas pipeline within the town’s … 0

Whately deadlocks on consensus building

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WHATELY — Voters this week deadlocked over a plan to spend money on consensus building. Town Moderator Paul Fleuriel had to break at 23-23 tie … 0

Warm the Children helps Northfield family

Friday, October 17, 2014

NORTHFIELD — New clothes are not a luxury that Northfield resident Lucinda Jordan is used to receiving. As an unemployed single mother of two young girls, Jordan, 27, is more accustomed to making what she does have last, … 0

Hawley voters end bitter town meeting early

Friday, October 17, 2014

HAWLEY — Both tempers and old grievances flared in this hilltown, prompting frustrated voters to end a special town meeting after nearly 2 1/2 hours of arguing — but not voting. Voters abruptly adjourned a heated special town meeting that became a gavelled-down shouting match revealing bitter divisions … 2

Conway Selectboard drops plans for third pass at garage project

Friday, October 17, 2014

CONWAY — It seems Conway’s Highway Department, Ambulance, and Fire Department will continue sharing the old highway garage on Route 116 for the foreseeable future. A $3.4 million replacement, in the works for the past decade, has narrowly missed getting voter approval three times this year. At its … 0

Lunt rezoned for better neighborhood fit

Friday, October 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — You won’t be seeing any industry setting up shop on the former Lunt Silversmith property on Federal Street. The land has been rezoned from general industrial to limited commercial-urban residential, making it consistent with the surrounding … 0

Healey hears from opioid task force

Friday, October 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — If elected, one candidate for state attorney general would like to use the work of a local anti-addiction coalition as a model for other addiction-fighting partnerships around the state. Maura Healey, Democratic candidate for attorney general, … 1

GCC Foundation celebrates exceeding goal

Friday, October 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Some colleges and universities build big fences and walls around their property and there’s no interaction with the community, said U.S. Congressman James McGovern, speaking at Greenfield Community College Foundation’s annual meeting. Not here. “This school … 0

Transportation ‘windfall:’ Mohawk proposes revolving fund

Friday, October 17, 2014

BUCKLAND — With the state paying 90 percent — instead of 60 percent — of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s $750,000 reimbursable school bus costs this year, four member towns have asked Mohawk to refund part of their school assessments that were based on the lower estimate … 0

FirstLight Power appeals Montague taxes

Friday, October 17, 2014

CORRECTION: FirstLight Power Resources has filed an appeal with the Appellate Tax Board of its prior year tax bill, not related to this year’s anticipated 3.2 percent increase. Spokesman Len Greene said it is a 55.6 percent increase from the 2013 bill that the utility has appealed. The … 0

Rowe Elementary returns to ‘Level 1’ school

Friday, October 17, 2014

ROWE — The Rowe Elementary School is once a again a “Level 1” school, according to the student scores on this spring’s Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System. Principal Bill Knittle said Rowe missed MCAS’s highest school designation by only one point in 2013, but the latest results put the … 0