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Weldon residents to be without an elevator

Friday, July 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — Residents of the 109-year-old Weldon House on High Street will have to take the stairs to their upper-floor apartments for the next six to eight weeks while the owner replaces the only elevator in the concrete building. Richard Henken, president of Schochet Companies, which owns the Weldon and owns or manages about 6,400 other apartments, said the company … 0

Leyden Rifle Club wants to ‘take cover’

Friday, July 25, 2014

LEYDEN — The Leyden Rifle Club is once again taking aim at a permit to put a roof over its firing line. “We’re going to … 0

Questions remain after COG pipeline meeting

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Planning Board, along with the nearly 300 people attending their meeting Thursday, got to pose a series … 0

State halfway through 1-91 construction

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

DEERFIELD — As of this week, vehicles heading south on Interstate 91 in Deerfield will be running over a new temporary bridge. The state Department of Transportation switched southbound traffic onto the new bridge this week. The state … 0

Chinese students get glimpse of American life at Mohawk

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BUCKLAND — The 21 middle-school students from Hangzhou Qinghe Middle School loved the shady sugar maples they found growing behind the Mohawk Trail Regional High School. But the taste of the maple syrup itself? Maybe not so much. … 0

Yankee Doodle Days returns to Charlemont this weekend

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

CHARLEMONT — “Yankee Doodle Days,” the town’s annual summer festival, begins Friday with fireworks and ends Sunday with Stoney Roberts’ Demolition Derby. In between are hoop performances, chainsaw carving, a knife-throwing act, and balloon creations by “Mary Poppins.” … 0

Ashfield author reading at Boswell’s Thursday

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Susan Reimer-Torn, author of “Maybe Not Such a Good Girl,” will read from her new book at Boswell’s Books on Thursday, July 24 at 6:30 p.m. “Maybe Not such a Good Girl” describes the author’s leaving her Orthodox Jewish religion and family in New York … 0

Gold cane award coming back to Montague

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

MONTAGUE — The Boston Post gold cane, to honor a town’s oldest resident, will once again be awarded in Montague. Resident John Reynolds has raised the issue occasionally for some time, and recently the Board of Selectmen voted to allow him to go forward with the selection. The … 0

Watershed moment

Monday, July 21, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Connecticut River below the Turners Falls-Gill Dam was uncharacteristically high and fast this weekend, and filled with boaters. Relicensing project manager John Howard of FirstLight said the usual summertime flow over the dam into … 1

WMECO closes Greenfield building

Monday, July 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Western Massachusetts Electric Co. has closed its service center in Greenfield, but six of its more than 20 employees who worked out of that center will stay in Franklin County. Four linemen, an electrician and a … 0

Deerfield looks to sell surplus property

Monday, July 21, 2014

DEERFIELD — In an effort to help bolster the town’s finances, Deerfield is planning to unload a number of town-owned properties for which it has no use. Richard Calisewski, the town’s Board of Health agent who has been tasked with identifying the properties by the Board of Selectmen, … 0

For Academy at Charlemont’s Bloomfield, school starts now

Monday, July 21, 2014

CHARLEMONT — School’s out for students at the Academy at Charlemont, but new Head of School Brian Bloomfield is already planning for the school year ahead. “I’m looking forward to meeting the students and their families,” said Bloomfield, … 0

Aging with grace

Monday, July 21, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — For 40 years, Franklin County Home Care Corp. has been on the frontline in helping elders, people with disabilities and caregivers throughout the region get access to services they need to live independent lives. The … 0