Heath

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

Neighbors: Kind acts don’t go unnoticed

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Hello, neighbor. I thought I’d share a story about another one of our neighbors putting a smile on someone’s face. Julie, who lives on Wildwood Avenue in Greenfield, said she woke up the other morning to a box … 0

Tech picks principal for supt.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MONTAGUE — In something of a surprise to some on the committee, particularly those who were not present, the Franklin Technical School District Committee voted to promote the school’s principal and assistant superintendent to the top job come … 0

Survey finds too little affordable housing in Franklin County, especially for poorest residents

Monday, December 8, 2014

Since her husband died a year and a half ago, “Marion,” as we’ll call her, has been struggling with how to afford to keep living in their seven-room home in northern Franklin County. Rather than use her savings … 0

Expert: Rural communities need extra help providing affordable homes

Monday, December 8, 2014

With what she called “fairly significant low- and moderate-income” populations and a steadily increasing over-65 population — along with an older stock of overwhelmingly single-family homes — rural communities like those in Franklin County need help in providing affordable housing, a consultant has told regional planners. The quasi-governmental … 0

Neighbors: Santa to call kids on Dec. 22

Monday, December 8, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are quickly approaching the holidays and that means children will once again this year have the opportunity to receive a call from Santa. The Scottish Rite Masons in the Valley of Greenfield will be making “Telephone Calls from Santa Claus” on Dec. 22. Last year … 0

Mohawk may ask Rowe to join 8-town district

Monday, December 8, 2014

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee will vote Wednesday to ask Rowe to join Mohawk as a Grade 7 through 12 member town that will have a vote on secondary education policies and pay an assessment instead of tuition for its students to go to Mohawk. … 0

Neighbors: Give to local nonprofits through Valley Gives on Wednesday

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. It’s time again for Valley Gives. Through Valley Gives, nonprofits raise money for all sorts of programs and projects, and you can help. When you visit its website on Wednesday, you’ll be able to donate to some of your favorites. Let’s see how far its third … 0

Neighbors: Prognosticator sees 23 snowfalls this season

Monday, December 1, 2014

Hello neighbor. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I spent a lovely day with my three grandsons and sister’s family. I heard from our precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy. Her prediction is 23 snowfalls this winter. We’ve already had one, so only 22 to go, if she’s correct. … 0

Winter hours for household hazardous waste drop-off sites

Sunday, November 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — Franklin County Solid Waste Management District’s household hazardous waste drop-off sites, while open year-round, are about to shift to winter hours. These permanent “Supersites” are located in Bernardston, Colrain and Conway. The Bernardston facility, located at the town transfer station on Nelson Drive (off Merrifield Road), … 0

Think before you wrap and unwrap: Recycling tips for the holidays

Friday, November 28, 2014

During the holidays, the average American family throws away up to 10 additional bags of trash. In towns that require “Pay-As-You-Throw” town trash bags, those 10 additional trash bags would cost $15 to $30, depending on the town. A large portion of this trash is generated from wrapping … 0