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‘Community Legal Aid became a savior for my family’

Friday, April 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — At their Ashfield home, Karla Clarke was splitting wood with her then-husband, James, when he smacked her across the face, leaving reddened impressions on her skin, to get her to shut up. It was the last straw. For 11 years, she had endured her husband belittling her and calling her stupid. What was worse, she said, was how … 0

Greenfield accessory apartment ordinance withdrawn temporarily

Friday, April 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s Planning Board has decided to temporarily withdraw a proposed ordinance that would allow homeowners in all residential districts to add small … 0

Parking garage part of Greenfield capital request

Friday, April 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — The mayor has included enough money in next year’s $7.4 million capital budget for a municipal parking garage, to implement a municipal light … 0

Of wood frogs and peepers

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

CORRECTION: The wood frogs were misidentified as spring peepers. GREENFIELD — With a name like “spring peeper,” those little frogs have got to be the culprit behind all that constant chirping you’ve been hearing around ponds and swamps … 0

Residents air concerns on Vt. Yankee planning

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

More than 50 people turned out Tuesday night for a 2-hour long informational forum on Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant’s decommissioning process, with Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee Government Affairs Manager Joseph Lynch fielding questions and in some cases angry … 0

Bernardston: Girard, Fulton face-off for selectman’s seat

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BERNARDSTON — Two local men will face off for a single seat on the Board of Selectmen. Andrew Girard, of Bald Mountain Road, is up against Rawn Fulton, of Fox Hill Road, in the May 4 town election. … 0

Hilltown Draw-Around draws some crowds

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Right up to the very last minute, as they covered the walls and floors of the Cowell Gym with paper, Laura Iveson, Jane Beatrice Wegscheider and James Smith wondered who would come to the Cowell … 0

Greenfield to study busing

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — A bus consultation company is visiting Greenfield Public Schools this week to access how the school district can make its transportation more efficient. For $7,500, School Bus Consults, will evaluate Greenfield’s system, determine whether it is using its routes efficiently and how it can cut down … 0

Greenfield man pleads guilty to heroin, cocaine charges

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Greenfield man pleaded guilty Monday to three drug charges from two incidents a month apart in Northampton and Greenfield in 2014. Dwight Belisle, 47, of Greenfield, pleaded guilty to charges of possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession with intent to distribute cocaine in … 0

Orange selectmen’s meeting canceled

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

ORANGE — The town Board of Selectmen’s meeting scheduled for tonight has been canceled. The board will meet next Wednesday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m., its regularly scheduled meeting time. … 0

Making the switch

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Amid pressure from legislators and upset consumers, state utility regulators have eliminated a 15-year-old rule that required electricity suppliers to recalculate the bills of customers when they switch from their basic service to a competitor. The practice has cost customers, dozens of whom are from western … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Shelburne selectmen to meet today SHELBURNE — The Board of Selectmen meets with the Finance Committee today at 4 p.m. to review articles for this year’s May 5 annual town meeting warrant. The meeting will be held in Memorial Hall. Because of Patriot’s Day, the board will not … 0

The Literacy Project helps people achieve their goals

Monday, April 13, 2015

Editor’s Note: This is the second of six stories that show how United Way helps the people of Franklin County. GREENFIELD — When Bethany Reil’s twin boys asked her for help on their homework, she couldn’t help them. … 0