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Wheel appeal: Group wants state to kick bicycle tourism into a high gear

Friday, July 3, 2015

Franklin County’s back roads are on a roll. In Sunderland, Montague and Whately, in Shelburne, Conway and Deerfield, chances are you may be seeing more bicyclists on byways, in groups or in ones or twos, wending their way along some of the backroads that attract cyclists not only from around the county, but from other parts of New England, the … 0

Saying goodbye: Ed Porter to retire after nearly 40 years at United ARC

Friday, July 3, 2015

When Ed Porter, fresh out of a Springfield College graduate program in outdoor education and about to become a father for the first time, arrived … 0

Greenfield needs volunteers to help plan new library

Friday, July 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s library is ready to form a building committee that will take it through construction of a new library. Greenfield Public Library … 0

Hospital get $450K for surgical wing: 2 donations bring total to $3.5M

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center just got two big donations toward its campaign to raise $5 million locally for its new surgical wing. Greenfield Savings Bank made a commitment of $250,000 and the Baystate Franklin Auxiliary pledged $200,000. These gifts bring the total raised to date to … 0

Former DA student files sexual abuse lawsuit: Says then-coaches delivered him to English teacher who sexually abused him on 1980s athletic trips

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — A former student at a Massachusetts preparatory school has filed a federal lawsuit alleging he was sexually abused by a faculty member while on athletic trips to Connecticut in the 1980s. The former Deerfield Academy student names the school and its former golf and squash … 0

Institute that made report detailing pipeline job creation has ties to Koch brothers

Friday, June 26, 2015

A new report funded by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. says construction of its Northeast Energy Direct pipeline would create 1,713 jobs in the state, and that the impact could be over 12,000 jobs by 2020. But the report, by Suffolk University’s Beacon Hill Institute, with ties to the … 0

Gas pipeline ‘need’ based on winter peak demand

Friday, June 26, 2015

The “need” for a proposed $5 billion natural gas pipeline scrutinized this week by state officials — and in the months ahead by federal authorities — is for a winter peak of just 30 to 40 days a … 1

Greenfield buys stage for events, rentals

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — Two years ago, when Greenfield officials discussed ways to make the town’s parks safer, especially Hillside Park, which was having problems with illegal activities, someone suggested that Greenfield have more events in them, like concerts and … 1

Micro gardens offer fresh food for all

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — After nearly 25 years of research, a local scientist has developed a sustainable system for growing food with an eye to ending world hunger. Dr. Ganisher Abbasov, of Northampton, will sell the system, which allows … 0

Conway asks FERC for clarity on gas pipeline

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

CONWAY — Conway’s Selectboard wants to see a more complete picture of Kinder Morgan’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline project, and it told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission so in a letter this week. The letter, sent to FERC Secretary Kimberly D. Bose, requests clearer information … 0

No Greenfield trash pickup Friday

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — Due to the Fourth of July holiday, trash and recycling will not be collected on Friday. Instead, Friday’s pickup will be done a day early on Thursday. There is no change to next week’s collection schedule. Trash and recycling must be at the curb by 7 … 0

Halfway there: County meet-and-greet heads to hills

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

On The Road Again. I’m beginning to hear Willie Nelson in the back of my mind as I wend my way across Franklin County. But who doesn’t love a road trip? By the time you read this, I will have reached the halfway point in my goal to … 0

Miller Falls fire closes Bridge Street

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

MILLERS FALLS — An apartment fire on Bridge Street put residents out of doors and stopped traffic on the road, a Route 63 connector, for close to an hour Tuesday evening. At 5:55 p.m., Turners Falls Fire Chief … 0