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Still peaking at 94: Orange nonagenarian plans Greylock climb

Monday, August 31, 2015

ORANGE — Tom Harty has hiked all 67 of the 4,000- or more-foot peaks in New England, and like the Energizer Bunny, he just keeps going and going and going ... The nonagenarian, who will be 95 on Oct. 27, plans to, for about the 15th year in a row, climb Mount Greylock on Columbus Day. “I do it every … 0

DPU OKs pipeline-gas co. contracts

Monday, August 31, 2015

The state Department of Public Utilities on Monday approved long-term contracts for Berkshire Gas, Columbia Gas and National Grid to buy natural gas from the … 1

‘Mainly Marathons’ hit Northfield running

Monday, August 31, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Marathoner Laura Lockett, 58, of Atlanta was born in Massachusetts while her parents were driving through and was whisked away and never returned … 0

Harvard students’ business plan? Go bananas!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Take four Harvard business students, add the Franklin County’s commercial kitchen and throw in lots and lots of bananas. What you get is Just Bananas, a new frozen dessert that some find a-peeling in Cambridge, Somerville … 0

Hawley Wi-Fi won’t work

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

HAWLEY — Townspeople supported a wireless Internet plan calling for a 30-foot antenna to be mounted on the side of the Town Office on Pudding Hollow Road. But as it turns out, Mother Nature didn’t. Christopher Gray of … 0

New Third Street parking lot proposed for Turners Falls

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The town has proposed constructing a new, 30-space parking lot at the corner of Third Street and Canal Road as part of ongoing downtown streetscape improvements. The project, which is expected to cost $352,785, would … 0

Warwick still unsure on WiredWest

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

WARWICK — With months of complex negotiations in the works, Warwick still hasn’t joined WiredWest’s cooperative to bring high-speed Internet to this small rural town. Earlier this year, state supported Mass. Broadband Institute released a statement estimating the … 0

Emily Dickinson biopic makers planning documentary on poet

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

AMHERST — Two months after film crews shot scenes on the grounds of the Emily Dickinson Museum for a biopic to be released next year, the same filmmakers are preparing to create a documentary — narrated by “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon — that will further … 0

Barway Farm aerial planting Wednesday prompts calls to police

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Police phone lines in South Deerfield lit up Wednesday afternoon with calls about a helicopter dropping something onto open fields in the Mill Village Road area. Peter Melnick, co-owner of Barway Farm on Mill Village Road, said he told police on Tuesday that he had … 0

Teen racism forum

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Local teens of color will talk about their experiences in area schools, during a free program Sept. 12. The audience will also view the PBS documentary “A Class Divided,” about a third-grade teacher who divided her all-white class into blue-eyed and brown-eyed groups, to give them … 0

One month until river cleanup event

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

On Saturday, September 26th from 9 a.m. until noon, get involved in the 19th year of the Source to Sea Cleanup! Last year 116 volunteers in eastern Franklin County collected 40 cubic yards of debris in addition to … 0

UMass rape suspect’s lawyer maintains sex was consensual

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In his opening statement in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday, defense attorney Alfred P. Chamberland said a woman was raped in her dorm room at the University of Massachusetts on Oct. 13, 2012 — but Chamberland said his client, Adam T. Liccardi, was not the rapist. “It … 0

Art show opens today

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The local cultural council will open its 3rd annual juried show today from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Greenfield Community College’s downtown center on Main Street. During the show titled “01301/3: Melting,” people will have the opportunity to meet some of the artists and some members … 0