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A grocery store worker lines up a row of grocery carts in the snowy store parking lot on Monday  in Cranberry, Butler County, Pa. The Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor of more than 35 million people began shutting down and bundling up Monday against a potentially history-making storm that could unload a paralyzing 1 to 3 feet of snow.  (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

County braces for nor’easter

Monday, January 26, 2015

Katie Boudreau of South Deerfield wasn’t taking any chances on Monday. She said if the nor’easter forecast to envelop the county today hit as hard as predicted, she wasn’t going to be without water, milk, bread and enough canned food to get her through. “It’s New England, we gotta expect this,” she said, as schools, government and social agencies and … 0

WMECO calls in crews to help respond to potential power outages

Monday, January 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Western Mass. Electric Co. has called in extra crews from out of state to assist in case of outages caused by the ongoing blizzard. Those will include workers from WMECO parent company Northeast Utilities, as well as crews from other utility companies and independent contractors. Spokeswoman Priscilla Ress said the company doesn’t expect last year’s closure of its Greenfield service center … 0

Neighbors: Stay safe as you ride out the storm

Monday, January 26, 2015

Hello neighbor. If forecasts were correct, we’re finding ourselves right in the middle of the biggest storm of the year — possibly of the past 40 years or more. The National Weather Service is using terms like “historic” and “life-threatening” to describe the nor’easter, and we are its target. Franklin County could see as much as 2 feet of snow when it’s over … 0

Digging deep into Conway

Sunday, January 25, 2015

CONWAY — On a table in Conway’s Town Hall building, a small can of Rumford brand baking soda sits among an assortment of time-weathered town documents, census records, deeds, and the diminutive tombstone of Henry Field, the infant … 0

Conway ambulance department seeks new members

Friday, January 23, 2015

CONWAY — If the flash of red and white lights gets your blood pumping, and you have or want to learn the skills to get somebody else’s pumping, too, the Conway Ambulance Department wants to hear from you. The department is looking for more emergency medical technicians to … 0

Neighbors: Show warmth, sympathy and understanding

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. I was supposed to be in Boston this morning, but instead I’m at work. I was supposed to be sitting beside my dad who was supposed to be recovering from the heart surgery he was supposed … 0

Neighbors: Relay For Life kicks off 20 years; one team kicks off 10

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s never too early to talk about the 20-year-old Relay For Life of Franklin County, and I’m sure over the next few months you’ll be hearing a lot about different groups holding fundraisers for cancer research … 0

He’s game for becoming superintendent

Sunday, January 18, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — As principal of the Franklin County Technical School, Richard Martin was known for a nearer-than-the-bleachers involvement in the vocational high school’s sports teams, suiting up for practice and running drills with teenagers. Martin, 50, of … 0

Conway announces scholarships for 2015-16 school year

Sunday, January 18, 2015

CONWAY — Conway is again offering town residents who are pursuing a higher education the opportunity to apply for five local scholarship funds this year. Germain Fund In 1985, Mark Walter Germain established through his will the Mark Boice Germain and Mildred Boice Germain Fund to help Conway … 0

Conway proposes new sports director position

Sunday, January 18, 2015

CONWAY — As Conway’s youth sports program continues to grow in popularity, the Parks, Recreation and Trails Committee has recommended making the person in charge of running it a part-time town employee. At the Selectboard’s meeting Monday night, committee members David Beaudet and Craig Warner proposed creating a … 0

Franklin County Technical School teachers protest ‘hasty’ superintendent hiring

Thursday, January 15, 2015

MONTAGUE — Franklin County Technical School teachers stood up at this week’s School Committee meeting to protest the abrupt selection of a superintendent last month, focusing on the process rather than the pick. Five leaders of the Franklin County Technical Teachers Association union took their complaint to the … 0

Neighbors: Celebrate MLK Day by doing service

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which we will celebrate on Monday, is not about having a day off, but instead about doing service for your neighbors and community. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” King said. The civil rights … 0

What’s next for Conway’s highway garage?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

CONWAY — With plans for a new highway garage soundly defeated by voters in October, the town now faces the challenge of bringing its current highway garage on Route 116 up to par. The structure, built in 1947, … 1