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Northfield wonders how to draw bicyclists, tourists to town once Schell Bridge is replaced

Friday, November 21, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The state hasn’t even drawn up plans to replace the Schell Bridge yet, and locals already want to stop people going over it. The Friends of Schell Bridge and Northfield Area Tourism and Business Association don’t doubt that the bike bridge the state plans to build across the Connecticut River as part of a tri-state bikeway will draw … 0

Sticky situation: Wet wipes gumming up Deerfield’s wastewater plant

Friday, November 21, 2014

DEERFIELD — Thinking about sending that flushable wet wipe down the toilet? The director of Deerfield’s Highway Department hopes you’ll think twice, because those and … 1

‘Share the bounty’ this holiday season

Friday, November 21, 2014

GREENFIELD —The Franklin County Community Meals Program is collaborating with local restaurants through the end of December in their “Share the Bounty with the County” … 0

Veterans’ services to merge in Greenfield

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — With a merger of Franklin County’s two veterans’ service districts on the horizon, local vets may soon have an easier time navigating the trenches of state and federal benefit programs. Tim Niejadlik, the director of Greenfield’s … 0

UMass gets $5.6M for water research

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AMHERST — UMass just got $5.6 million to find a modern replacement for chlorine for purifying municipal drinking water. The grant will go toward a mobile laboratory where long-term pilot tests can be done at public water supplies. On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the award … 0

Charlemont man denies larceny, fraud charges

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Charlemont man denied charges in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday related to two alleged schemes that prosecutors say let him cheat his former employer, Dietz Construction of Easthampton, out of thousands of dollars. Andrew Dufresne, 42, of 119 Main St., Apt. 1R, pleaded not guilty to … 0

Hospital envisions advisory group with community input

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — By next fall, community members may be able to provide input on what services their local hospital should have and in what direction it should head. Baystate Franklin Medical Center President Steven Bradley has proposed creating a community advisory group for the hospital that would include … 0

Tractor-trailer lands on side, no one hurt

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

DEERFIELD — A tractor-trailer rolled onto its side in the left lane of Interstate 91 southbound Monday night. State police logged the accident at 8:50 p.m., with all patrols clear at 11 p.m. once the truck was righted. There were no injuries. The Shelburne barracks log did not … 0

Shelburne clerk’s office to be closed

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

SHELBURNE — Outdoorsman and Town Clerk Joe Judd says his office will be closed on Thursday , Monday and Dec. 1 “in observance of hunting season.” His regular hours are Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. … 0

Bigger West County Pantry opens at Cowell Gym Wednesday

Monday, November 17, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — After 11 years of providing food to low-income hilltown families within the Shelburne Falls Senior Center, the West County Emergency Food Pantry is moving into a larger space of its own. The pantry opens its … 0

Greenfield to evaluate all teachers by end of school year

Monday, November 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Department is planning to evaluate 100 percent of its teachers and administrators by the end of the school year in an effort to catch up with the rest of the state on the new educator evaluation system. The state Department of Elementary and … 0

Job fair to honor ‘Hire a Veteran’ Month

Monday, November 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — To honor and celebrate all veterans on national “Hire a Veteran” Month, the Franklin Hampshire Career Center is hosting a job fair at the Career Center’s Northampton location at 178 Industrial Drive. The event is scheduled from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday. From 9 to … 0

Forester concerned about pipeline route

Monday, November 17, 2014

As Massachusetts environmental officials negotiate with Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. about alternatives to its main proposed route across Massachusetts, one private forest owner has raised concerns that a new alignment to avoid state-owned conservation land could jeopardize his own protected timber land. The recently announced “Article 97 Avoidance … 0