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Nicholas R. Schauer, 19, of Sunderland was arrested Thursday morning after he reportedly threatened to carry out a "Columbine re-enactment" at Frontier Regional High School. Submitted Photo/Deerfield Police Department

Man who threatened Frontier sent to Bridgewater for evaluation

Friday, October 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — The 19-year-old Sunderland man who was arrested Thursday for threatening to “bring Columbine to Frontier” Regional School was committed to Bridgewater State Hospital for a mental health evaluation following an appearance in Greenfield District Court Friday morning. Nicholas R. Schauer will undergo a 20-day competency evaluation at the locked facility to determine whether he is able to stand … 0

Conway kids face winter ready for fun

Friday, October 24, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — After a good winter ice storm, 12-year-old Caleb Patnode and his 10-year-old sister, Elayna, like to go outside and take advantage of the frozen woods and piles of snow outside their Conway home. If there’s a good, solid layer of ice on top of the snow-covered hills, Caleb foregoes sleds … 0

Local schools, police prepare for threats

Friday, October 24, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — For years, Frontier Regional School administrators, local and state police have been preparing for a potential active shooter incident at the school. This week, school and law enforcement officials had to put their plans into action as a 19-year-old man from Sunderland threatened to “re-enact Columbine” at Frontier Regional School. The threat led to the swift arrest of Nicholas R. … 0

Conway plans debt exclusion vote for rejected garage

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

CONWAY — Despite last week’s rejection of a new highway garage project at a special town meeting, Conway will still hold a special election on Thursday, where voters will be asked to approve a debt exclusion on money borrowed for the project. The Selectboard voted Tuesday night to … 0

Fatal accident in Conway

Monday, October 13, 2014

CONWAY — A life was lost on Route 116 Monday in an apparent motorcycle accident. First Assistant District Attorney Steven Gagne confirmed that there was a fatality involving a motorist on Route 116 in Conway, and that Conway Police and Massachusetts State Police are investigating. State Police attached … 0

Gill author’s kids books spur local students to reading

Monday, October 13, 2014

CONWAY — A 4-year-old wheaten terrier, Finn, is fast becoming the most popular dog in town. The friendly pup is the star of Finn Books, a new series of books for beginner readers, written and published by Conway … 0

Legislative candidate forums set for Tuesday, Saturday

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Voters in 16 Franklin County towns will get a chance in the coming week to hear legislative candidates in the Nov. 4 election. And just as those local races have been few and far between in this election, so will the upcoming forums be the single chance to … 0

Neighbors: Double Take Fringe Festival a week away

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Double Take Fringe Festival will take over eight venues, all within walking distance, in downtown Greenfield again this year. On Oct. 17 and 18, eight shows will be presented and you can attend all of them throughout the weekend with a weekend pass that will … 0

FRCOG hopes to build online disaster map

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BUCKLAND — When Tropical Storm Irene pounded Franklin County, emergency responders and isolated residents cut off by storm damage suddenly found a new use for Twitter and Facebook on their cellphones: asking others about, and reporting on local washouts, flooding and downed trees. Now, the Franklin Regional Council … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy autumn while you can

Monday, October 6, 2014

Hello neighbor. Can you believe it? The leaves are falling from the trees as the crisp days of fall nudge us toward the bitter chill of winter. There are only three full moons left this year: the Full … 0

Conway rejects highway garage project for second time

Monday, October 6, 2014

CONWAY — It was a deja vu moment for Conway’s Garage Committee at Monday night’s special town meeting when voters rejected borrowing $1.8 million to build a new Highway Department garage. It was the second time this year … 0

Full-time blacksmith forges ahead

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Uphill from the skillet toss pitch at the Conway Festival of the Hills, a different kind of iron work had small knots of spectators clustering around Robert Compton’s anvil Sunday afternoon. Compton, a Conway resident, said he will … 0

Festival of the Hills: fun wherever it's held

Sunday, October 5, 2014

CONWAY — The Conway Grammar School playground was busy as a recess Sunday and the grounds thronged with visitors to the Festival of the Hills in its temporary new location, with no reminder of Saturday’s interminable rain showers. … 0