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Ashfield’s Bullitt Reservation open to all

Sunday, July 27, 2014

ASHFIELD — Don’t stay off the grass and feel free to pick the flowers, or the tomatoes: the Bullitt Reservation is anyone’s backyard. Formerly part of a U.S. ambassador’s summer retreat from international politics, Bullitt Reservation covers 262 acres on the Conway border, hidden from sight up a narrow, rutted dirt road banked with trees, ferns and moss. Despite the … 0

First Great River Challenge Off-Road Triathlon set for Sept. 28

Sunday, July 27, 2014

NORTHFIELD — What do you get when you combine kayaks and canoes, mountain bikes and running shoes with the local landscape? The first Great River … 0

Hospital kitchen among green changes

Sunday, July 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — This August, a trailer will temporarily take the place of the kitchen at Baystate Franklin Medical Center as the Greenfield hospital moves toward … 0

Toll scam ‘E-Z’ money for crooks

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A new email scam that popped up this month may seem like highway robbery ... and some may be paying a high price as a result. People across the country have fallen victim to a new scam that … 0

Franklin County health boards fight flu clinic change

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DEERFIELD — Because of a state policy change, Franklin County boards of health are having to fight to make sure this year is not the last year that towns can run community flu clinics. The state Department of Public Health is now limiting cities and towns to giving … 0

Plant your ideas for FRTA service at Greenfield Farmers Market Saturday

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — Amid all the zucchini and tomatoes, the plan is to sprout ideas about public transit. Saturday’s Greenfield Farmers Market may have plenty of ears of corn this weekend, but it will also have the ears of transportation planners, listening to people’s ideas about what’s needed to … 0

Long-time Deerfield, Whately patrolman remembered

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DEERFIELD — They called him “The Colonel.” That’s the nickname that Deerfield Police Chief John Paciorek Jr, said members of his department gave part-time patrolman Robert “Eric” Seaholm for his uncanny ability to “politely and respectfully” take charge … 0

Co-op, Orange libraries team up for food demo, art event on Saturday

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

ORANGE — On Saturday, the Quabbin Harvest Community Market and the Friends of the Orange Public Libraries are teaming up with an event to highlight their combined efforts to get people reading — and to provide co-op member shares to local families in need. The event, which takes … 0

Northfield community picnic set for Saturday

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Local music, local food and local folk will come together for a community picnic Saturday. Transition Northfield is inviting the town to its fourth annual picnic from noon to 2 p.m. at Kiwanis Park on School Street. Entertainment will include children’s singer and storyteller David Bates, … 0

Bar Association Advocates gets $33,000 grant

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — Lawyers advocating for domestic violence victims will be getting a slight boost in pay for their services. The Franklin County Bar Association Advocates received a $33,000 grant from the Massachusetts Bar Foundation to support the Bar Advocates for Victims of Domestic Violence, Children and Elders Program. … 0

Get to know Vt.’s decommissioning coordinator

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BRATTLEBORO — His tie is a dead giveaway. What man would wear a tie featuring the periodic table and then quickly identify uranium, neptunium and plutonium, adding that the trinity of radioactive elements were named after the planets? … 0

Selectmen look for help to stem French King Bridge suicides

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

According to rough figures gleaned from The Recorder’s newspaper’s archives, a minimum of 30 people have killed themselves in jumping from the French King Bridge since its construction in 1932, two this year. Troubled by the continued loss … 2

It’s showtime: Memorial Hall has new screen for films, opera

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The new state-of-the art movie screen was installed by volunteers this week — just in time for this weekend’s showing of the 1987 film “Moonstruck” at Pothole Pictures and for this fall’s season of the … 0