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Welcoming winter’s arrival

Sunday, December 21, 2014

COLRAIN — How does a czar eat a potato? It’s fired from a cannon through a wall of butter and into his mouth, of course. At least, that’s what storyteller Yosl Kurland told his audience at the Winter Solstice Celebration at The Round House in Colrain Saturday night. According to the traditional Yiddish story and folk song that Kurland performed … 0

Olver helped engineer passenger rail’s return

Sunday, December 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — The name John W. Olver is at the front of the intermodal transit center that will serve as the station for the first … 0

Children at center of this Hanukkah celebration

Sunday, December 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — With the sun down and the electric lights dimmed, a laughing group celebrated the sixth night of Hanukkah with candles and song Sunday, … 0

Season of giving close to heart of Franklin County

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Across Franklin County, food pantry shelves have been going bare, families are burning through their fuel aid already and the homeless are filling shelters. But despite the increasing need, Franklin County residents are working hard to … 0

Get a look inside the 2nd Congregational Church steeple

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Second Congregational Church, located on the Common in Greenfield, is planning a fund drive next year to raise money to repair its steeple, as well as make other improvements to the 144-year-old church. This clock face shows … 0

Orange wants Rodney Hunt tax break money

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

ORANGE — Town officials plan to “claw back” tax breaks granted Rodney Hunt Co. for 2013 and 2014 now that the state has decided the company defaulted on a jobs-for-tax-break agreement. “There is language in the Special Tax Agreement that will allow us to do that,” Town Administrator … 0

Warwick to decide $2.5M fiber-optic borrowing

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WARWICK — If the town-run wireless Internet company is any indicator, a proposed $2.5 million fiber-optic network could start paying for itself right away. The project would make a high-speed Internet hookup available to every residence and business in town. The work is part of the WiredWest initiative … 0

Council OKs request for liquor license for new restaurant

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Town Council voted Wednesday to request another all-alcohol license from the state to make way for a new chicken wings restaurant. If the state grants that request, the owner of the Hangar Pub and Grill on University Drive in Amherst said he will be opening a … 0

Town Council OKs demolition of Hapco building

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — The 95-year-old former Hapco auto parts building on Olive Street is coming down. Town Council voted Wednesday night to approve the $150,000 it will cost to raze the building, remove asbestos, roof caulking and debris and grade the site to make way for a three- to … 0

Town takes next step in Green River Park renovations

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — It’s going to cost $690,000 for the town to make improvements to Green River Park off Deerfield Street and build a dog park there and Town Council voted Wednesday night to approve $50,000 to get the ball rolling. The improvements, which the town expects to begin … 0

Meadows Cafe and Tavern opens today

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Meadows Cafe and Tavern at Meadows Golf Center on Deerfield Street opens its doors under new ownership and management today at 11 a.m. The previous restaurant closed early this year and the 80-year-old golf course was … 0

The Birthplace filled with elves

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Every December, the halls at the Birthplace at Baystate Franklin Medical Center teem with Christmas elves. The little elves are hard to miss. While they don’t build toys for Santa, they smile and giggle, yawn and … 0

Ignored chimney maintenance caused Gill condominium fire

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GILL — The investigation into a Friday condo fire points to a lack of upkeep as the cause of the blaze. “Investigators believe that a lack of maintenance of the chimney clean-out over time caused cracks in the … 0