Conway’s Festival of the Hills moves to grammar school grounds

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

CONWAY — As the leaves begin to change, so do the grounds of the Conway Grammar School. On Sunday, the school will play host to the annual Festival of the Hills. Due to the town’s ongoing ball field renovations, the festival will be held at the school this year, and parking will be available on the Boyden property on Roaring … 0

Trolley Museum makes room for 2

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum is on track to double its appeal. It plans to restore and feature a second antique trolley … 0

Unity Park accessible swing plan altered

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The wheelchair-accessible swing planned for Unity Park has been dropped in favor of a different design, and is back on track. The … 0

Electric bills expected to jump 37%

Friday, September 26, 2014

Massachusetts Electric customers will see their electric bills shoot up 37 percent this winter, a rate increase that some advocates fear will put additional strain on low-income families. The increase, which will take effect in November, won’t affect customers of Western Massachusetts Electric Co. But those customers will … 5

Close call for man who drove through Whately barn

Friday, September 26, 2014

WHATELY — A man evaded serious injury after driving his car through the end of a State Road tobacco barn Friday afternoon. “The driver claimed that he fell asleep behind the wheel,” said Fire Chief John Hannum. Hannum … 0

Greenfield police officer injured in late-night traffic stop struggle

Friday, September 26, 2014

GREENFIELD — A police officer broke her ankle while wrestling to gain control of a Vermont woman early Friday morning. Officer Emily Rowell was called to a 2 a.m. traffic stop to frisk an unruly female passenger, according to a report by Officer Jay Butynski. As Rowell frisked … 0

Businesses happy to have UMass football back at home

Friday, September 26, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts football plays its first game on campus in more than three years today. For a business community that appreciated the presence of these games each fall, that’s plenty of reason to cheer. “We’re happy to have UMass football back,” said Sarah la Cour, … 0

Have questions about the proposed Conway Highway Dept. garage?

Thursday, September 25, 2014

CONWAY — Conway residents who still have reservations about approving construction of a new garage for the Highway Department will have another opportunity to voice their concerns at a public meeting Saturday morning. The meeting will be held … 0

Gill Elementary begins ‘teaching recess’

Thursday, September 25, 2014

GILL — Some Gill Elementary School parents are pushing for the school to back out of children’s decisions about where to play in the playground and who to sit with at lunch. Four parents addressed the Gill-Montague School Committee Tuesday, all opposing structured recess and structured lunch practices … 1

Buckland trucks to come in from the cold

Thursday, September 25, 2014

BUCKLAND —The 11 town highway trucks may not have a permanent home yet, but they will at least come in from the cold this winter. Special town meeting voters Thursday night said “yes” to a plan for the town to rent the now-empty Mayhew Steel Products facility from … 0

Quaker meeting house turns 50

Friday, September 26, 2014

LEVERETT — When the silence begins, the meeting opens at Mount Toby Friends Meetinghouse. The meeting of Friends, also known as Quakers, is marking the 50th anniversary of its meetinghouse this Sunday. If you consider that its weekly … 0

Business brewing

Friday, September 26, 2014

About a year old as a co-op, but making drinks that date back more than 2,000 years, one Greenfield business is brewing some big changes on Wells Street. Artisan Beverage Cooperative, which formed out of Katalyst Kombucha and … 0

Montague City wind turbine plan back in action

Friday, September 26, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Plans for an unconventional wind turbine in the village of Montague City are back, with the town Zoning Board of Appeals renewing permission first granted over 2 1/ 2 years ago. Mark Maynard of Easthampton … 0