Practical purpose for mound of tires?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — A former Colorado Avenue resident says that he believes the thousands of tires found piled along the Deerfield River were put there many years ago by the property owner to stabilize the riverbank. Allan Keyes, who owned Keyes (auto) Repair Service on Colorado Avenue, said that a neighbor used his access road to dump the tires to stabilize … 1

State to FERC: scrutinize pipeline route

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The state’s top environmental official has written to the federal government calling for careful review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s proposed Northeast Direct Natural Gas Pipeline, … 0

Western Mass. dino-might

Thursday, September 18, 2014

DEERFIELD — In 1835, Dexter Marsh, a local laborer, was busy at work laying slabs of stone sidewalk in Greenfield when he noticed something in … 0

NYC Climate march draws local crowd

Monday, September 15, 2014

Organizers of what’s being called “the largest climate march in history” say two Greenfield buses are planned for Sunday’s event in New York City, as part of an array of 19 buses from the Pioneer Valley. The People’s Climate March is expected to attract a half million people … 0

Highway-side fight ends in arrest

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — A Connecticut man faces charges and a mental health evaluation after a protracted fight with a Greenfield police officer by the side of the highway, ostensibly because he did not want to be handcuffed. The Sunday evening incident ended after a passing motorist intervened. Greenfield Police … 0

Orange Community Service Days prep Butterfield for renovations

Monday, September 15, 2014

ORANGE — The second in a series of three community service days will take place Saturday in Butterfield Park. A part of the Butterfield Park Renovation Project, the service day will help ready the park for the major upgrades to come. Work will begin at 9 a.m. and … 0

Sustainable film fest seeks submissions

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — There’s still time to get your short film into the running for the third annual Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival. Films seven minutes or shorter on sustainable living will be accepted until Oct. 17. The top films will be screened and awards announced starting at … 0

Neighbors: Support a local gem

Monday, September 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. I wanted to take a couple of minutes today to remind you folks of how lucky we are to have a real gem here in the county. I was talking with my friend Judy on Monday … 0

Tilton Library to hold art auction

Monday, September 15, 2014

DEERFIELD — Looking for a new piece of art to hang above the mantel? The Friends of the Tilton Library might be able to help. The group will hold a month-long art auction in the library between September and October. The auction, which will feature work by local … 0

MassDEP approves Whately’s Mill River stabilization plan

Sunday, September 14, 2014

WHATELY — Whately has cleared a major obstacle in its quest to stabilize the banks of the Mill River before they collapse and contaminate the town’s drinking water supply. During a meeting Friday afternoon, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection presented town officials with an Authorization of Emergency … 0

Wi-Fi, mediation on Ashfield special town meeting agenda

Sunday, September 14, 2014

ASHFIELD — Special town meeting voters will be asked to approve or reject a plan to set up wireless Internet service for town center residents, using box-shaped antennas on the Town Hall steeple. They will also weigh in on whether town officials should hire a mediator to help … 0

UMass Amherst gets $1M to help veterans enter nursing workforce

Sunday, September 14, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing has received a three-year, $1 million federal grant to implement “Heroes into Health Care: Veterans Entering the Nursing Workforce,” a program designed to increase the number and percentage of ethnic minority and disadvantaged veterans who successfully complete a … 0

‘Old’ 78 festival turns five

Sunday, September 14, 2014

WARWICK — A Saturday shindig will likely be the biggest backyard barbecue Warwick’s seen all year — and you’re invited. The Old 78 Farm Fall Festival is not a festival celebrating farms. It’s also not old. It’s not … 0