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New Hillcrest principal at work in Turners Falls

Monday, September 1, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The school year began Thursday for Hillcrest Elementary School’s new batch of first graders, with younger students waiting until Monday. For Sarah Burstein, it was the start of her first school year as principal and the effort was afoot to memorize the name of each student. The eight-year Gill resident left an educational arc toward law and … 0

Green Fields, McCusker’s markets have new leader

Monday, September 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — A former Wal-Mart employee will head up operations at Green Fields and McCusker’s markets, beginning Sept. 20. The owners of the two stores, … 0

Paint the Town Green

Monday, September 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — The 40-foot-wide mural that will eventually hang on the eastern exterior wall of Green Fields Market on Main Street should be mounted sometime … 0

UMass, Amherst gear up for return of students starting today

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — The town’s population will swell today as the 4,650 members of the freshmen class at the University of Massachusetts arrive for orientation. While entering students spend their Labor Day weekend learning the ins and outs of living at UMass — including taking a pledge to affirm … 0

Montague man accused of lewd acts at UMass

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — A Montague man believed to be responsible for two incidents in which he exposed himself to female students on the University of Massachusetts campus last week was arrested Wednesday afternoon, according to UMass police. Christopher M. Williams, 38, of 17 Ave. C., unit 2, was arrested … 0

Athol’s Whipps opens 2nd building in Orange

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ORANGE — Just “down the road” from its older, larger competitor, Whipps Inc. on Wednesday dedicated an additional 32,000 square feet of manufacturing space in the Randall Pond Industrial Park. With most of its current 67 employees on … 0

Mohawk teacher learns from China trip

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BUCKLAND — At Mohawk Trail Regional School, Kathleen Stier is a highly regarded science teacher. But in Harbin, China, she was a celebrity. This month, Stier taught 20 biology teachers at a weeklong summer workshop on how to … 0

Schell Bridge replacement gets one step closer

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

NORTHFIELD — After the Schell Memorial Bridge is torn down and replaced, the town won’t have any obligation to maintain it. The state Department of Conservation and Recreation has announced that it plans to take ownership of the … 1

Guide at the end of the tunnel

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — Recovering from addiction is, famously, not easy. Recovery coaches might not be the answer, but they might have an answer, or know someone who does, or have some suggestions in the right direction. The prospect of … 0

Things looking up at Berkshire East

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Don’t be alarmed if you see a helicopter hoisting a galvanized steel tower above Mount Institute this morning; it’s just part of the latest additions to be made at Berkshire East. A new SkyTrac Quad Chairlift … 0

Permanent Turners Falls skateboarding park in the works, volunteers plan temporary fun

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — With a little grant luck and a lot of concrete, skateboarders could be rolling and jumping in a permanent skate park on the edge of Unity Park by next fall. In the meantime there’s not … 0

Clearing the lane

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — A group of local cyclists concerned with the heavily traveled but narrow Turners Falls Road will invite volunteers to join a cleanup Saturday. The newly formed Greenfield Area Bicycle Coalition invites volunteers to join them between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Volun-teers will clip back brush, … 0

Amherst-Pelham School Committee hit with Open Meeting complaint

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — An Amherst man has filed a complaint with the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee claiming members of the board violated the state’s Open Meeting Law when they met in defiance of then-chairman Lawrence O’Brien to discuss a controversial reprimand of committee member Amilcar Shabazz in July. In … 0