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For 'Blossom Brigade,' volunteering to keep Bridge of Flowers blooming is labor of love

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — In the days when Karen Winkler of Manchester, Conn., was just a visitor — not a steady volunteer — on the Bridge of Flowers, she marvelled at how picture-perfect the bridge always looked. “I was a gardener,” she said Friday morning, rake in hand. “But when I retired, I lost interest in my own garden in Connecticut.” … 0

Northfield preps list of pipeline concerns for FERC hearing

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Editor's Note: Northfield residents have been preparing for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s environmental “scoping session” hearing on Kinder Morgan’s proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project. … 0

How to submit environmental comments for proposed pipeline

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — Unless otherwise noted, Aug. 31 is the last day to submit questions, comments and concerns to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for Docket … 0

Bridgeside Grill fire closes Rt. 116

Sunday, July 26, 2015

SUNDERLAND — A fire at the Bridgeside Grill briefly closed Route 116 Saturday night but did less damage than it could have. Fire Chief Robert Ahearn said an employee was closing up for the night when she noticed something wrong around 9:30 p.m. “As she was walking out … 0

District Court Logs, July 17 to 22, 2015

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Orange, July 17, Judge William Mazanec III Peter C. Zwicker, 54, of Prentiss Street, Orange. Pleaded innocent to operating with suspended license, and unregistered motor vehicle, released on personal recognizance, continued to 9/8/15 for pretrial conference. Must pay $150 legal counsel fee. Tim Childs, 38, of Smith Street, … 0

Pipeline co. files report with FERC

Friday, July 24, 2015

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. submitted its long-awaited Draft Environmental Report for the Northeast Energy Direct project Friday to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, three business days before a public hearing scheduled for Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Greenfield Middle School. The 79-volume report, posted Friday afternoon by FERC, … 1

Colrain mulls broadband options

Friday, July 24, 2015

COLRAIN — An Internet service provider who worked with Leverett to develop its town-owned fiber-optic network urged Colrain selectmen to look beyond the WiredWest broadband initiative as they consider how to build out the town’s final-mile network. Bill Stathis, director of sales of Crocker Communications, also questioned whether … 0

From lead to latex: Library gets a facelift

Friday, July 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Painters from the Northeast Painting Association of Northampton were busy scraping lead paint off the back of the Greenfield Public Library this week, preparing the two-story walls for fresh coats of lead-free latex paint, according to … 0

Orange celebrates marriage equality with music, BBQ

Friday, July 24, 2015

ORANGE — A double rainbow appeared in the sky over the Millers River just as a celebration of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage was getting underway at the Orange Riverfront Park. The event featured … 0

New computer system to link county’s emergency personnel

Friday, July 24, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — When it comes to the emergency services, being able to communicate with other departments is critical and for Franklin County’s emergency response agencies, that’s about to get a little easier. During a meeting between Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately’s boards of selectmen and police chiefs this … 0

UMass Amherst developing ultrasonic bat signal

Friday, July 24, 2015

AMHERST — A team of researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Texas A&M University is developing a blade-mounted, ultrasonic whistle for wind turbines that will protect bats by warning them to stay away. The UMass team will focus on designing and manufacturing of a whistle-like device … 0

Fire marshal: Check carbon monoxide alarms

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pointing to the deaths of four young Massachusetts residents in a Maine cabin over the weekend, the state Fire Marshal’s Office told residents their carbon monoxide alarms may be running out of time. “A similar tragedy led to a law here in Massachusetts that requires CO alarms in … 0

Man faces charges after allegedly driving into Sunderland cornfield

Friday, July 24, 2015

SUNDERLAND — A Bolton man is facing charges after police say he drunkenly drove his SUV into a cornfield Thursday night, causing hundreds of dollars of damage. Officer John Brodeur said police received a call around 10:30 p.m. reporting a motor vehicle had driven off the road and … 0