Peru and back again

Monday, September 15, 2014

NORTHFIELD — With the start of the school year comes the swapping of summer vacation stories, and the tales of a dozen Pioneer Valley Regional School students likely top those of their classmates. In July, the students packed their bags, grabbed their passports, and left everything they knew behind as they headed to Peru for a three-week trip. They took … 0

Shelter from the harm

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — By January 2015, victims of child abuse and sexual assault in Franklin County will have a safe and comfortable place to report the … 0

Greenfield adds extra school bus

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — With more students riding the bus to school this year, the school department is adding an extra bus to its line to cut … 0

No easy answers

Thursday, September 11, 2014

GREENFIELD — If there were simple solutions to downtown’s issues, they wouldn’t be problems in Everytown, USA, according to Greenfield Police officer Jason Haskins. That’s why Haskins holds monthly forums to bring the community together to brainstorm and … 0

Lee backs repeal of gas tax indexing

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fresh from a victory in Tuesday’s Republican primary, in which she captured 63 percent of the vote, Second Franklin House District candidate Susannah Whipps Lee emphasized her support for a ballot initiative to repeal indexing of increases in the state’s gasoline tax to inflation. Question 1 would leave … 1

Neighbors: Volunteer to serve the low-income and homeless

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’d like to give another perfect example of neighbors helping neighbors. Stone Soup Cafe will be holding a volunteer appreciation gathering on Sept. 19 at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church on Main and Hope streets from 7 to 9 p.m. where there’s going to be a … 0

Greenfield covered bridge repair close to complete

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — The town expects to reopen its only covered bridge to traffic by the end of fall. Public Works Director Arthur Baker said the abutments, which were badly damaged during Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011, have … 0

High-speed chase ends in foot escape into woods

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

MONTAGUE — The Massachusetts State Police are looking for a man who led police on an early morning car chase from Montague to Charlemont before allegedly escaping on foot into the Mohawk Trail State Forest. According to Montague Police Chief Chip Dodge, a Millers Falls resident called around … 0

Warwick special town meeting could decide ‘green community’ status

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WARWICK — The town could soon be a “green community,” if the only two articles at a Sept. 22 special town meeting pass. One asks voters to adopt the “stretch building code,” which places higher energy efficiency requirements on new construction and buildings undergoing substantial renovations. A presentation … 0

Beauty in a building's bones

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Born as a factory and sustained briefly in later life as a discount retailer, the Griswold Mill and Railroad Salvage building has long since fallen into disuse and disrepair. Watching the building’s decay with fascination, … 0

School Committee votes to go with PARCC

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield students will likely be among those across the state to take the newest generation of high-stakes standardized tests this year after the School Committee voted in favor of the PARCC in a close 4-3 vote. The School Committee voted Wednesday night to request grades 3 … 0

Greenfield Middle School rewards attendance

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — Before 7:45 a.m., this school year, Principal Gary Tashjian passes out GMS Bucks to the stream of students arriving on time for school. The students can then use the pretend money to buy items from the … 0

Millers Falls plan set to bring restaurant, laundromat

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

MILLERS FALLS — The selectmen have accepted a developer for the town-owned corner of East Main and Bridge streets, pending further agreements. Plans include space for a restaurant and laundry. The town took the land and three buildings … 0