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Staying active big part of their craft

Sunday, March 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — Every Wednesday afternoon at 1, 93-year-old Mildred Grant makes her way down from her third-floor apartment in the Weldon House to the Greenfield Senior Center below to meet up with a group of senior women who love to do crafts together. “Crafty Seniors” has been meeting in the Greenfield Senior Center, which has been located in the Weldon … 0

He found gold on the slopes

Sunday, March 29, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The skiing season is almost over and Franklin County Technical School student Nicholas Saladino can look ahead to a summer of his … 0

Former Tech students shepherd video game app to market

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A small flock of sheep graze in their enclosure, placidly unaware of the lurking danger. The danger is wolves, an endless stream of small, animated … 0

Abutters of French King Highway project file appeal

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — The lawyer representing seven abutters of the big box department store planned for French King Highway has filed another appeal, and said he is willing to keep filing until all avenues have been explored. Thomas Lesser of Lesser, Newman and Nasser in Northampton said he filed … 1

National Grid to cut electric rates

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Valley home and business owners can expect some relief from high electric bills this spring. On Monday, National Grid announced that, pending Department of Public Utilities approval, the cost of power is expected to drop from the current rate of more than 16 cents per kilowatt-hour to just … 0

Architect lays out 4 options for new Gill-Montague senior center

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The architect hired to look at locations for a possible new senior center laid out those options Tuesday evening and gave an idea of what the new center might hold, including dedicated classroom and exercise … 0

Mayor hires part-time economic development director

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town has a new economic development director who will work part time for the next three months. Mayor William Martin said Larry Jutras, owner of Lake Hitchcock Development in Sunderland, has taken the position and will work on six projects, including the former Bendix-Repal property … 0

Second candidate runs for Conway Selectboard

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CONWAY — A second candidate has entered the race for a seat on Conway’s Selectboard: former selectman and long-time town police officer Christina Conklin. She will join Fire Chief Robert Baker on the ballot of the town’s annual elections, which will be held on May 14. The two … 0

Dog rescued after fall through ice on Connecticut River

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — It was a close call for a wayward dog who wandered into the Connecticut River and fell through the ice Wednesday. Firefighters were called to the area below the Turners Falls dam at about 2:04 p.m., and found the dog about 30 feet from the … 0

Wendell Notebook

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Dog license deadline WENDELL — Dog licenses are available in the town clerk’s office. All dogs ages six months and older must be licensed and tagged every year. Proof of rabies vaccination and the appropriate fee is required, $4 for a neutered or spayed dog and $8 for … 0

Newton School faces $300K roof repair cost

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — It started with a single bucket, then a few more pails, and it then became a waterfall. Now the failing roof at Newton School, where ice dams caused water damage this winter, is expected to require … 0

Conway lawyer to AG: Investigate electric cost hike

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

CONWAY — When it was announced last fall that the price of electricity was expected to spike this winter and that Berkshire Gas would impose a moratorium on new customers due to a regional shortage of natural gas, … 2