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Restaurant proposed for Salmon Falls building

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — During the summer of 2013, the Salmon Falls Artisans Showroom building temporarily housed “The Flying Deer Diner” during Warner Bros.’ filming of “The Judge.” Now building owner and glass artist Josh Simpson is hoping to build a real restaurant inside the building’s lower-level first floor, facing out to the Deerfield River. “There have been at least three … 0

Gill-Montague superintendent announces plan for one principal between middle, high schools

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Superintendent Michael Sullivan has announced plans to cut costs by combining the Gill-Montague Regional School District’s middle and high school administrative offices … 0

Graduation rates steady in Franklin County

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — Franklin County high schools have graduation rates that are better and worse than the state average, according to the latest state statistics. Last … 0

UMass researchers find value in ‘whole plant’ treatment of malaria

Sunday, January 25, 2015

AMHERST — Purified drugs created in labs, long thought to be the gold standard in fighting disease, may actually be inferior to the herbal remedies they replaced as far back as the 19th century. University of Massachusetts Amherst … 0

Shea open for proposals

Friday, January 23, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The town has opened bidding for the future of the Shea Theater, releasing a bid document calling for a future very similar to the present in broad strokes. The request for proposals released Wednesday on … 0

Montague police warn of phone scam

Friday, January 23, 2015

MONTAGUE — If a Montague police detective calls to tell you it’s OK to pay $1,000 to Publisher’s Clearing House, don’t believe it. Some residents have reported receiving phone calls from the local police assuring them someone claiming to be from Publisher’s Clearing House and saying they’ve won … 0

Conway ambulance department seeks new members

Friday, January 23, 2015

CONWAY — If the flash of red and white lights gets your blood pumping, and you have or want to learn the skills to get somebody else’s pumping, too, the Conway Ambulance Department wants to hear from you. The department is looking for more emergency medical technicians to … 0

Work key to breaking jail cycle

Friday, January 23, 2015

The last place any community wants a revolving door is its jail, but that’s what Franklin County Sheriff Chris Donelan found when he arrived at the house of correction four years ago. “They came there for six months … 0

Ashfield man aims to buy Lamson buildings

Friday, January 23, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — An Ashfield resident has offered to buy most of the Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co. complex for $1.3 million, pending the outcome of a U.S. Bankruptcy Court hearing scheduled for Feb. 25, at 11:30 a.m. … 0

Pyers resigns: After paid leave, Greenfield economic development director leaves post

Friday, January 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s economic development director has resigned as of Feb. 2 at 5 p.m., and the mayor said Friday he is taking some responsibility for the 63-year-old official’s decision. Robert Pyers of Florence, who has been … 0

Former co-op manager charged with embezzlement held on $75,000 bail

Friday, January 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Bail for Dwight Gaddis, the former general manager of the Franklin Community Cooperative accused of stealing $60,000 from the member-owned food co-op, was set at $75,000 cash during his arraignment in Franklin County Superior Court Friday. … 0

Rollover closes Barton Road

Friday, January 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Part of Barton Road was closed for about an hour Friday night when a pick-up rolled onto its side, forcing emergency responders to break the front window to extract the driver. Capt. Andrew Garvin of the Greenfield Fire Department said the accident occurred around 7:27 p.m. … 0

Small fire briefly shuts down three businesses on Mohawk Trail

Friday, January 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — A small fire in a heating unit on the roof of the Taco Bell on the Mohawk Trail caused the fast-food restaurant to close for about an hour Friday afternoon, along with the nearby Valero gas station and McDonald’s, according to the Greenfield Fire Department. Captain … 0