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Challenges, shortfalls ahead for state budget

Friday, October 24, 2014

With the state poised to see what’s largely an unprecedented moment of change following the Nov. 4 election, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer paints a picture of serious challenges ahead, not only on Beacon Hill but for the state as a whole. In what was likely his final talk in about 20 years of addresses to a Franklin County … 0

Widmer advises ‘no’ on vote Question 1

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, an 82-year-old, nonpartisan public-policy organization that doesn’t endorse candidates, has taken a position on only one of the four questions on … 0

Credit union embezzler jailed, ordered to repay nearly $100,000

Friday, October 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — A former bank teller’s family cried out in disbelief as she was led away in handcuffs to spend the next year in jail. … 0

Millers Falls man faces robbery charges after friends claim he mugged them

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

MILLERS FALLS — A local man faces robbery charges after the midnight mugging of two acquaintances Tuesday, according to police. Brandon Kilburn, 30, of 72 South Prospect St., pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Tuesday to charges of unarmed robbery, intimidating a witness, disorderly conduct and disturbing the … 0

Ashfield Lake House still serving

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ASHFIELD — You can still get homemade crab cakes and other specialties at the Ashfield Lake House seven days a week, because it’s “business as usual” at this waterfront neighborhood restaurant and bar. Owner/manager Judith Hamilton said negotiations to sell the restaurant to Mauricia Alvarez of Conway fell … 0

Bernardston scares up weekend of fun

Monday, October 20, 2014

BERNARDSTON — In addition to keeping ravens and their ilk out of your field, your scarecrow could net you a cool $100 next weekend. The annual Scarecrow in the Park fall festival and craft fair will take over … 0

Virtual School faces probation

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — After 15 months as an independent school, Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is facing probation due to poor academic performance and governance issues. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is scheduled today to vote whether to accept state Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester’s recommended 20-month … 0

Greenfield re-establishes its Youth Commission

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — Mayor William Martin said he would like to see the town’s newly re-established Youth Commission work with agencies in the area to determine what the town should be offering its youth and what others are doing for them so services are not duplicated. “I’ll be working … 0

‘Brookie’ abode renamed River Works Park

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — The new Deerfield Street mini-park where “Brookie,” the 10-foot-long fish sculpture made of stainless-steel cutlery, stands will now be called River Works Park. Mayor William Martin, the Greening Gateway Sculpture Committee and Town Council have agreed … 0

Montague Health Department to fine overflowing dumpsters

Monday, October 20, 2014

MONTAGUE — Exasperated with a small number of landlords leaving business and apartment dumpsters to overflow with refuse, the town Health Department will begin charging $50 per offense. “As usual, it’s really a handful of town property owners that just let their dumpsters go wild,” Health Department Director … 0

Ashfield-Buckland-Plainfield file Solarize Mass grant

Monday, October 20, 2014

With 133 households interested in installing solar-electric systems on their homes, the newly formed Ashfield-Buckland-Plainfield consortium has applied for a “Solarize Mass” grant that would cut the cost of electricity-producing solar panels by up to 20 percent below the statewide average. If the consortium’s application is among the … 0

How are local EMTs preparing for Ebola?

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — While hospitals and emergency rooms have been preparing for potential Ebola cases where they are likely first to appear, emergency medical technicians are also prepping as the frontline healthcare workers out in the field. The Western Massachusetts Emergency Medical Services Inc. has advised local EMS services … 0

Liquor licenses, eminent domain, building savings funds, zoning bylaws on Montague Special Town Meeting agenda

Monday, October 20, 2014

MONTAGUE — A special town meeting at the end of the month will decide whether to petition the Legislature for two additional liquor licenses for potential restaurants in Millers Falls and Montague Center. The first liquor license article would seek creation of an on-premises, all-alcohol liquor license to … 0