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Hidden park may become one of Greenfield’s most popular after $700K renovation

Monday, May 4, 2015

GREENFIELD — When renovations are completed on one of Greenfield’s parks next spring, the town’s recreation director said she believes the hidden park will become one of the town’s most popular. An almost $700,000 makeover is planned for Green River Park, which is accessible from Deerfield Street, and the town’s first dog park will be located there. Renovations will also … 0

Family, pets escape house fire in Buckland

Monday, May 4, 2015

BUCKLAND — Late Monday morning, Melissa Udal was brewing coffee and making breakfast for her family when her son, Tristan Kostanski, ran downstairs, exclaiming his … 0

State sets hearing on gas supply agreement with pipeline co.

Monday, May 4, 2015

The state Department of Public Utilities has scheduled a May 26 public hearing on its planned “precedent agreement” for natural gas supply from Tennessee Gas … 0

Rosenberg calls on Department of Public Utilities to investigate refunding consumers affected by unfair rate recalculations

Friday, May 1, 2015

BOSTON — Senate President Stan Rosenberg of Amherst has asked the Department of Public Utilities to consider requiring electricity suppliers to issue refunds to customers who were charged excessive “rate recalculation” fees after switching electric companies this winter. In a letter addressed to DPU Commissioner Angela O’Connor, Rosenberg … 0

Meehan named next president of UMass system

Friday, May 1, 2015

BOSTON — Marty Meehan, the former congressman and current chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, was named president of the five-campus UMass system on Friday after selling his vision of turning the system into one of the nation’s … 0

Shutesbury Dems gather May 9

Friday, May 1, 2015

SHUTESBURY — The Shutesbury Town Democratic Committee will hold a caucus and business meeting on May 9 at 10 a.m. in the Town Hall. Delegates will be elected to attend the 2015 Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention. The convention will be held in Springfield on Sept. 19. The business … 0

One more Buckland election write-in

Friday, May 1, 2015

BUCKLAND — There are now two write-in candidates for each of the open Finance Committee seats on the ballot in Monday’s annual town election: William Knittle of North Street is running for the three-year term and Cynthia Caporaso, also of North Street, is running for the two-year term, … 0

Mail carriers set to collect food for needy May 9

Friday, May 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — On May 9, mail carriers are asking the public to leave a nonperishable food item on their doorsteps for them to pick up and deliver to local food pantries. The Greenfield Post Office delivers to Franklin County food pantries. The National Association of Letter Carriers have … 0

Leyden walkers welcome

Friday, May 1, 2015

LEYDEN — A Council On Aging walking club is looking for participants. Beginning Monday, 9 to 10 a.m., a six-week walking club for beginners and others will meet at the town hall. Bring water, wear sneakers and comfortable clothes. Linda Romano will instruct the group. A brief warm-up/cool-down … 0

Montague sees sharp drop in discarded needles

Thursday, April 30, 2015

MONTAGUE — Earlier this month, Police Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge asked for the community’s help dealing with discarded needles. He got it, from private citizens, local businesses, other town departments and the Franklin County Solid Waste District. On … 0

Bearings hold up Gill-Montague Bridge project

Thursday, April 30, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Meant to conclude a year ago, reconstruction of the Gill-Montague Bridge may finally be finished this season. The Department of Transportation still needs to replace bearings under the bridge this construction season, a spokesman said … 0

Opponents of pipeline decry their actions being called ‘eco-terrorism’

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Eco-terrorism? The term, used by Berkshire Gas Co. spokesman Christopher Farrell last week to describe Tennessee Gas Pipeline project opponents, has caused some confusion, hard feelings and, in some cases, amusement, among those who say they’ve never thought of themselves that way. Farrell, the company’s manager of communications … 4

Starting the day the right way

Thursday, April 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — Today, students at the Newton School on Shelburne Road “started the day the right way.” That’s what Superintendent Jordana Harper told a group of about 40 students during the state Department of Transportation’s Massachusetts Safe Routes … 0