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All (outdoors) access pass

Sunday, March 1, 2015

WENDELL — Three years ago, a single bite from a tick or mosquito changed Granby resident Cindi Gazda’s life forever. A small amount of blood wasn’t the only thing the insect took from her that day — the bite infected her with viral encephalitis, a disease that would leave her with severe cognitive and physical disabilities, including memory problems and … 0

Greenfield house earns builder energy award

Sunday, March 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — It all added up for this former math teacher, given the net sum of skyrocketing energy costs. So he built a net-zero energy … 0

Former inmate sets up community workshop as outreach program

Sunday, March 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — At 58, Don Wright has resolved to become a productive member of the community, after about five years in state prison and six … 0

Even in cold, Franklin County home sales strong

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — While eastern Massachusetts real estate agents are having a tough time selling homes in a frigid snowy winter, sellers in our part of the state are having an easier go of it. “We’ve actually had an … 0

UMass to limit parking on ‘Blarney’ weekend

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts will ban all vehicles without valid parking permits from its lots the weekend of Blarney Blowout, except for some planned events on campus. The university’s parking services department posted a statement on its website that the ban would be in effect from … 0

Buckland voters OK easement for Salmon Falls

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

BUCKLAND — A special town meeting article giving right-of-way easement on town-owned land for a lift that would make the three-story Salmon Falls Marketplace building handicapped accessible drew 108 voters out on a cold Tuesday night — nearly … 0

Prom dress drive

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — It’s almost that time of year again: high school prom season. And that means students will have to shell out hundreds of dollars again for a ball gown or black tux they may only wear once. … 0

For some Greenfield students, longer days needed to fulfill extended learning grant requirements

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Students at the Greenfield Middle School and Math and Science Academy are facing longer school days this year as part of state requirements for the Expanded Learning Time programs. To come into compliance with a state grant, the Greenfield School Committee voted to have the superintendent … 0

Cold weather puts freeze on maple sugar season

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

In New England, the last week of February is usually a time when buckets and tubes can be seen popping up on maple trees along local roads, ready to catch their sap as winter gives way to sugar … 0

Cramming for the big exam

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is not the same school the state saw last summer and placed on probation, school officials say. Since being placed on probation, the virtual school has hired new staff, implemented new programs and improved student learning to meet and exceed state … 0

“Story of Seeds”

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — “Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds,” film screening and discussion with Greening Greenfield will be tonight at 6:30 p.m., First Congregational Church at 43 Silver St. This free film and discussion addresses how ordinary citizens can start saving organic seeds from our gardens and help preserve … 0

Arms Library to start raising the roof in spring

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Having raised at least $640,000 to “Put a Roof on It” and make other fixes to the 101-year-old Pratt Memorial Library, the Arms Library Committee, Pratt Memorial Library Building Committee, and Shelburne selectmen have hired … 0

Arts initiative aimed at UMass students, regional artists

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — The UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service has launched an Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative aimed at helping UMass students, as well as artists throughout the greater Pioneer Valley, gain the skills and support needed to develop thriving arts careers or arts-based businesses. The initiative was formulated by AES … 0