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Tech School toothbrushes to help spread smiles in Ghana. Turners woman returns for sixth dental aid trip

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Dental hygienist Heather Lonergan has made a habit of spending her vacations spreading dental health in Ghana, and this year she will go armed with toothbrushes collected by the students and staff of Franklin County Technical School. Lonergan said she usually brings 1,200 toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and dental floss. A drive at the Tech School, where Lonergan’s … 0

Advanced manufacturing a potential strength for western Mass.

Friday, February 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — Rick Sullivan’s bullishness about the Western Massachusetts economy’s potential should come as little surprise, since he’s the president and chief executive officer of … 0

Mohawk puts free preschool in $18.3 million budget plan

Friday, February 27, 2015

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee has adopted an $18,364,099 budget for the coming year, a budget that represents a 3.6 percent … 0

Cramming for the big exam

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is not the same school the state saw last summer and placed on probation, school officials say. Since being placed on probation, the virtual school has hired new staff, implemented new programs and improved student learning to meet and exceed state … 0

“Story of Seeds”

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — “Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds,” film screening and discussion with Greening Greenfield will be tonight at 6:30 p.m., First Congregational Church at 43 Silver St. This free film and discussion addresses how ordinary citizens can start saving organic seeds from our gardens and help preserve … 0

Arms Library to start raising the roof in spring

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Having raised at least $640,000 to “Put a Roof on It” and make other fixes to the 101-year-old Pratt Memorial Library, the Arms Library Committee, Pratt Memorial Library Building Committee, and Shelburne selectmen have hired … 0

Arts initiative aimed at UMass students, regional artists

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — The UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service has launched an Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative aimed at helping UMass students, as well as artists throughout the greater Pioneer Valley, gain the skills and support needed to develop thriving arts careers or arts-based businesses. The initiative was formulated by AES … 0

Blue Rock restaurant may move to Salmon Falls building

Monday, February 23, 2015

BUCKLAND — If all goes well, the Blue Rock Restaurant could be moving into a new, 49-seat restaurant space on the first floor of the Salmon Falls Marketplace building — a spacious setting with views of the Deerfield … 0

New software to provide more info about Greenfield properties

Friday, February 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s assessor will soon begin using new software to update and upgrade information available to the public about all properties in Greenfield. Chief Assessor Audrey Murphy said the software and its installation cost the town $25,000. Murphy said she is still testing the software and … 0

Erving voters nix treasurer change

Monday, February 23, 2015

ERVING — The town’s treasurer will remain an elected position after residents at a special town meeting Monday night rejected a proposal to transfer selection to the Board of Selectmen 25-12. Selectman William Bembury said the treasurer, currently a three-year elected post open to any resident, is partially … 0

Hilltowns face steep Internet costs

Monday, February 23, 2015

While some hilltown residents say the WiredWest broadband initiative is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring high-speed Internet into their sparsely populated towns, the smallest, unserved towns fear that, even with the state’s $40 million “last mile” funding, they can’t afford their estimated share of the cost. Colrain selectmen … 0

Downing pushes for climate policy

Monday, February 23, 2015

A new state Senate report on climate change is a call to action for the new Baker administration, as well as the Legislature, to set policies in the face of deepening environmental impacts, says state Sen. Benjamin Downing, a local legislator on the six-member committee that drafted the … 2

Food Bank cuts hurt Franklin County pantries

Monday, February 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Food assistance programs and pantry directors in Franklin County — who say they have become hungrier for food aid after the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts implemented new changes designed to give more food to Hampden … 0