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MassDOT to replace aging Deerfield bridge over tracks

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

EAST DEERFIELD — A dilapidated bridge that crosses over the railroad tracks on McClelland Farm Road, which was last rebuilt in the 1950s, will now be replaced. At a public hearing in Deerfield’s town offices Tuesday night, representatives from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation presented their plans for the $4.5 million project to replace the bridge, which was originally built … 0

Madison on the Ave. legal, per majority opinion

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Madison on the Ave. owner Rodney Madison sought permits for his retail sidewalk display and a retraction of questions about his business’ … 0

Rodney Hunt shedding jobs

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

ORANGE — A hearing held in Boston early Wednesday brought to light the degree to which Rodney Hunt Co. has failed to adhere to the … 0

Energizing a new economic future

Sunday, November 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — “Together, we can do what doesn’t seem possible.” That phrase, spoken by Marjorie Kelly, author of “Owning Our Future,” during her keynote address at the Creating a Bold New Economy forum held at Greenfield Community College Saturday afternoon, summed up the basic theme of the conference. … 0

Unexpected gift boosts library

Sunday, November 16, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Pratt Memorial Library building — home to the even older Arms Library — turned 100 this year, a milestone marked Sunday with cake and with an unexpected present of $100,000. The anonymous donation to … 0

WMECO rate hike to take effect Jan. 1

Monday, November 17, 2014

The other shoe dropped Friday for electricity customers, with Western Massachusetts Electric Co. seeking a 29 -percent increase in the six-month supply rate for its customers. WMECO, citing a “dramatic” increase in the cost of electricity it provides for its customers — including about 28,000 in Franklin County … 0

He’s an apostle for the American apple

Sunday, November 16, 2014

There’s Old Nonesuch of Massachusetts, Paw Paw, Melvin Sweet, Cogswell, Fallawater ... Do you know your apples? Like, for example, that the first apple seeds in this country were planted three years after the Pilgrims landed and that … 0

Rain gardens are for everyone: Greenfield woman sees greener future with this rainwater runoff solution

Sunday, November 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — A local woman said she is hoping rain gardens soon become as popular as the energy-saving light bulb in Greenfield, Franklin County and beyond. Rain Gardens for You grew out of a conversation Barbara Francis and … 0

Northfield ZBA hearing resumes Thursday for auto shop permit

Sunday, November 16, 2014

NORTHFIELD — A hearing to renew the special permit for a controversial auto shop will resume Thursday. On Nov. 6, the Zoning Board of Appeals heard from supporters and opponents of the 90 East St. repair shop operated by Bill Willey of Montague and owned by Tim and … 0

50,000 insured may have to find new docs

Sunday, November 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — About 50,000 people insured under the state’s MassHealth plan in western Massachusetts will have to find a new Medicaid insurance provider if they want to continue using Baystate Health Systems providers. That’s due to the Springfield hospital system’s failure to reach a contract with MassHealth managed … 0

LifeFlight used for Gill crash victim

Sunday, November 16, 2014

GILL — A car left Mountain Road and finished in the trees after dark Sunday and a single accident victim was taken from the scene by ambulance and later helicopter. Sgt. Chris Ware, attached to the Shelburne Falls state police barracks said a male patient was taken by … 0

$1.8M grant allows for greater drug abuse screening

Sunday, November 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — Over the next two years, health care providers will increase screening for substance abuse, support greater access to appropriate care and better identify patients at highest risk for readmission to the hospital with the help of a state grant awarded to Baystate Franklin Medical Center. The … 0

Rollover stalls early traffic, driver escapes injury

Sunday, November 16, 2014

DEERFIELD — A Vermont man fell asleep at the wheel Sunday morning, according to State Police, rolling his vehicle over in the construction zone on Interstate 91 northbound but emerging unhurt. The man was taken by ambulance from the 6:45 a.m. accident as a precaution, according to police, … 0