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Neighbors: Local teens attend two-week craft program

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hello, neighbors. Two of our younger neighbors participated in a two-week craft program in Williamsburg this year and, I’m told, had a lot of fun doing so. Fourteen-year-old James Simpson and 15-year-old Henry Walker-West, both of Shelburne Falls, spent two weeks at Snow Farm Summer, a program of The New England Craft Program. James, the son of nationally known glassblower Josh Simpson and NASA astronaut Cady Coleman, is a student … 0

Manganese in Gill Elementary well water causes DEP concern

Thursday, August 28, 2014

GILL — Like most things, too much manganese can be bad for you, as can too little manganese. The naturally occurring mineral is found in vitamin supplements and, apparently, in the Gill Elementary School drinking water in what the Department of Environmental Protection deems elevated levels. The town is required to notify water users and draft a plan to address the problem. The … 0

Greenfield’s Math and Science Academy grows, Franklin County schools emphasize STEM

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Since the Greenfield Math and Science Academy opened its doors five years ago, the speciality public school has quickly expanded, with 120 middle schools students packing the program to capacity this year. The academy is the most visible example of a new focus on math and science in area schools as students throughout … 0

Vt. Yankee petition to eliminate 10-mile emergency zone moves forward

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is moving ahead with an application by Vermont Yankee nuclear plant’s owners to eliminate the 10-mile emergency planning zone after it ceases operation at the end of the year. Entergy Nuclear Operations, which filed in April for a license amendment to eliminate the zone … 1

Neighbors: Supermoon dazzles in Franklin County’s summer sky

Monday, August 11, 2014

Hello neighbor. If you missed the “supermoon” this past weekend — it was the largest full moon of 2014 — you’ll have one last chance to see one in September. The term “supermoon” came from astrologer Richard Nolle … 0

Tax office closed

Monday, August 11, 2014

GILL — The office of the collector/treasurer will be closed this week as Tax Collector and Treasurer Veronica “Ronnie” LaChance will be attending classes at the University of Massachusetts. The office will reopen on Monday. … 0

Neighbors: Give blood

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hello neighbor. I recently read about how a propane company in Dedham and the American Red Cross partnered to collect more than 750 blood donations throughout the state this summer. I didn’t realize that one blood donation could potentially help save the lives of up to three people. … 0

Andrews a lone vote against tougher heroin sentences

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

ORANGE — North Quabbin legislator Denise Andrews has come under fire for being the only member of the House of Representatives to vote against toughening penalties for heroin trafficking. The Republican candidate for the Second Franklin District House seat now held by Andrews has criticized the incumbent for … 3

First ‘Samplepalooza’ to test Connecticut River health stem to stern

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — Just how pollutant-free is the Connecticut River, from the top of Vermont to the Long Island Sound? A group of agencies will be pooling their efforts today to collect data on nitrogen and phosphorous content, along with other algae-growing nutrients, during a one-day water-testing event they’re … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor’s selfless act

Monday, August 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. I want to tell you about one of our younger neighbors today and the good deeds she is doing for our larger community. I hope her story inspires you as it has me. Catherine Bezio recently … 0

Neighbors: Local woman up for Emmy Award

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hello neighbor. Our neighbors Ann and Gary Thomas of Greenfield can’t wait for Aug. 16, because that is when they will learn whether their daughter Sherry Thomas wins an Emmy Award with two other women for casting the … 0

Portion of Dole Road in Erving to be closed Aug. 4 to 8

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

GILL — Dole Road from the Bernardston town line to the intersection with West Gill Road will be closed to through traffic from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. next week, Monday through Friday. Homes and businesses will be accessible, but the Highway Department warns delays should be expected. … 0

Berkshire Gas warns about phone scam

Monday, July 28, 2014

Several Berkshire Gas business customers have recently reported receiving fraudulent telephone calls seeking immediate payment of their Berkshire Gas accounts, by credit card, over the telephone, the utility has reported. The caller claims that the account is overdue and requires immediate payment. Several of the fraudulent calls have … 0