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Summer reading program helps children turn the page

Sunday, August 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — For elementary school students, summer is a time of endless diversions — and of forgetting how to read. School has been out since June, but on Wednesday, teachers marshaled students through the halls of Four Corners. Wednesday was the second-to-last day of school for the 70 Greenfield elementary students enrolled in the four-week Title 1 Summer Reading Academy. … 0

Parent-Child Center restructuring in works

Sunday, August 2, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Community Action, an organization that provides resources and services to people in Franklin and Hampshire counties and the North Quabbin region, announced … 0

Different pipeline meeting, same concerns

Sunday, August 2, 2015

When the state Energy Facilities Siting Board conducts one of its four public meetings Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Greenfield on the proposed Tennessee Gas … 0

County home sales down, despite statewide rise

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Home sales last month were up for the Pioneer Valley overall and for the state as a whole, with single-family homes in Massachusetts selling at the best rate since August 2005. And while sales for the first six months of year have been brisk for Hampshire and Hampden … 0

Northfield pipeline report ready for FERC

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Selectboard has prepared the town’s final list of environmental concerns to be submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Earlier this month, the Selectboard asked residents who are worried about the proposed pipeline and compressor station in Northfield — a plan to bring natural-gas through … 0

New plan released for Whately town building

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WHATELY — Whately’s Municipal Building Committee has released the final draft of the conceptual layout for the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System building in the town industrial park. The town will pay $810,000 for the building, according to … 2

South County Notebook

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Opportunities to submit comments on pipeline DEERFIELD — Deerfield residents who want to make their concerns about Kinder Morgan’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline project will have until August 31 to submit them to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. FERC is currently going through a scoping … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Shelburne needs two for Finance Committe SHELBURNE — The town is seeking at least two residents to serve on the Finance Committee. Currently there are vacancies for a one-year term and a full, three-year term. Interested residents should contact Town Moderator Sylvia Smith either by phone at 413-625-9248 … 0

For 'Blossom Brigade,' volunteering to keep Bridge of Flowers blooming is labor of love

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — In the days when Karen Winkler of Manchester, Conn., was just a visitor — not a steady volunteer — on the Bridge of Flowers, she marvelled at how picture-perfect the bridge always looked. “I was … 0

Northfield preps list of pipeline concerns for FERC hearing

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Editor's Note: Northfield residents have been preparing for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s environmental “scoping session” hearing on Kinder Morgan’s proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project. The hearing is set for the Greenfield Middle School at 6:30 p.m. tonight. … 2

How to submit environmental comments for proposed pipeline

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — Unless otherwise noted, Aug. 31 is the last day to submit questions, comments and concerns to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for Docket No. PF14-22-000. Comments relating to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project to bring natural gas to nine Franklin County … 0

Northfield might require extra emergency personnel

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NORTHFIELD — In the event of a major pipeline disaster, Amanda Lewis might not have an escape route. The wife and mother of two, who could potentially live across the street from the natural gas pipeline on Four … 0