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Orange stores hold blackout protest of electric rates

Thursday, December 18, 2014

ORANGE — A recent hike in electricity rates caused two local businesses to turn out the lights Thursday. They’re not out of business, though — in fact, there were more customers in the Millers River Cafe and Trail Head Outfitters than usual. They were there to protest a recent rate hike by National Grid, a major electricity provider in 12 … 0

Residents vexed by hype over Cosby allegations

Thursday, December 18, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Sawyer News Co., with its spread of local and national newspapers and racks of magazines, has always been the place to go … 0

Police: Bathroom bandit busted

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — An Athol man accused of robbing someone at knifepoint in a local bar’s bathroom was arrested in Winchendon early Thursday morning. Jason Comeau, … 0

Mohawk school bus cameras to have audio, too

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

BUCKLAND — Mohawk Trail Regional School District school buses are already equipped with security cameras that record daily trips and any incidents that happen on the bus. But in a time of dwindling privacy, the Mohawk Trail School Committee reluctantly agreed to allow recording sounds as well as … 0

Police: Loud exhaust leads to heroin discovery

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — Three men face heroin charges after a traffic stop for loud exhaust early Tuesday morning. Frankie Carrion, 39, of New Bedford, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Tuesday to charges of possession of heroin, using a … 0

Masked man robs Call’s Corner store

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — A masked man robbed Call’s Corner convenience store Tuesday evening. At about 7:03 p.m., a man wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and masked with pantyhose walked into the Conway Street store, brandished a black plastic bag … 0

New coalition forms to fight pipeline

Monday, December 15, 2014

Franklin Land Trust and seven other environmental organizations around the region have formed a coalition to fight the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline, hiring a Boston regulatory attorney who specializes in energy issues. The new group, calling itself Northeast Energy Solutions, was created to analyze, advocate and work on … 2

Taking its toll: Teachers, taxpayers pick up tab for homeless students, but kids pay price, too

Monday, December 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — It used to be that “ homeless person” conjured an image of an older man, perhaps a down-and-out struggling veteran. Not so anymore, according to state statistics. The reality is, some of the country’s youngest have … 0

State: Swell of homeless swamps safety net

Monday, December 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — Too few jobs, lack of affordable housing, a sluggish economy, a high poverty rate, racial disparities, lingering impacts of the Great Recession, challenges of single parenting and domestic violence are just some of the factors that … 0

Holiday organ concert to benefit Arms Library

Monday, December 15, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — A Holiday Organ Concert will be held in the Seventh-day Adventist Church to benefit the Arms Library Association’s “Put a Roof On It” campaign. It takes place on Saturday at 4 p.m. “This will be … 0

Greenfield woman receives Marshall Scholarship for UK study

Monday, December 15, 2014

Tess Grogan of Greenfield, who graduated earlier this year from Smith College in Northampton, has received a Marshall Scholarship. Grogan works in Hadley on teacher license exams with Pearson Education, a publishing and assessment service. Now she has the opportunity to work on her master’s degree in the … 0

Montague mulls tobacco purchase age shift to 21

Monday, December 15, 2014

The already tight grip on tobacco sales in Franklin County is poised to strengthen, with the health boards of two county towns considering an increase in the minimum purchase age from 18 to 21. The Montague and Leverett health boards are considering the change among new regulations, and … 0

Spreading the joy

Monday, December 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — Over the past week, Federal Street School students have been walking throughout the community, carrying wreaths, to bring some holiday cheer and a “thank you” to community organizations that serve them and other Greenfield residents. “I … 0