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Is spanking your kids OK? Highest Mass. court says yes, but not everyone agrees

Monday, June 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — The state’s highest court has weighed in on whether spanking is appropriate, seeking to clearly define what the court said has been a common-law line between parenting and abuse. Overturning the assault and battery conviction of a man who spanked his child in front of the Brockton police station during the shift change and was arrested by the two witnessing officers, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled that the … 0

Neighbors: Be kind

Monday, June 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. About once a year I feel compelled to remind myself and others to be good neighbors. I don’t necessarily mean “neighbor” in the literal sense. What I mean is that we all should be kind to everyone. Those who aren’t can never truly be happy themselves. Get out and talk with the people who live in your neighborhood and your community. … 0

Neighbors: Adopt an adult cat for $5 this weekend

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again, folks! Dakin Humane Society is offering its $5 cat adoption for select adult cats on Saturday and Sunday. This weekend only, you can adopt an adult cat for only $5 at both the Springfield and Leverett adoption centers from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. each day. The 40 cats up for adoption are those who, for a variety … 0

Letter: Economic disparity

Thursday, June 25, 2015

We live in the groovy Pioneer Valley with local, organic produce around every corner and solar panels dominating the rooftops. My biggest worry is if my quaint little public library will be open on Labor Day. However, this isn’t everyone’s experience. More than one in 10 people in … 0

Landscape paintings wanted for benefit

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Apparently local artists are tugging at the leash to raise money for a regional dog shelter. Local business owners Erin MacLean and John McNamara are seeking donations of another 50 landscape paintings for an art auction to benefit the Franklin County Dog Shelter. Last Thursday, … 0

Tech school projects passed

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Tuesday was the decisive day for the Franklin County Technical School’s roof project, with dire weather predictions and polls open for a districtwide vote to repair the roof and replace aging windows, doors and pavement. Voters didn’t turn … 0

Montague voters approve Sheffield School window work

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

MONTAGUE — Voters approved a debt exclusion Tuesday night to allocate money to cover the town’s share of replacing windows in the Sheffield Elementary School auditorium and gymnasium. The vote passed 327 to 73, according to Town Administrator Frank Abbondanzio. The project, which was approved at the annual … 0

Turners school psychologist leaving post

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Turners Falls High School psychologist David N. Pino will not be returning to the district next year, the Gill-Montague School District superintendent confirmed this week, at the same time the School Committee has received an anonymous email complaining that the psychologist confronted sex crime allegations … 0

Eversource upgrades continue

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Work is continuing on a 2.8-mile stretch of an Eversource powerline in Greenfield, where crews have been replacing lattice poles with double-circuit monopoles, extending from Mountain Road through Highland Park to Hope Street and beyond. The work is … 0

Montague named ‘Playful City USA’

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

MONTAGUE — With a new fully accessible swing installed in Unity Park and plans in motion to construct a permanent skate park in Turners Falls, Montague has been recognized with a Playful City USA designation for the second … 0

Neighbors: Donations for homeless kids starting to roll in

Monday, June 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbors Dean and Kim Scudder of Conway are sending one of the homeless children living in a Greenfield hotel or shelter to camp this summer. It’s the first response I’ve heard about since I told … 0

Montague to vote on Sheffield School window replacement project

Sunday, June 21, 2015

MONTAGUE — Voters will decide Tuesday whether to approve a debt exclusion that would allocate money to cover the town’s share of replacing windows in the Sheffield Elementary School auditorium and gymnasium. The project, which was approved at … 0

Video: Mutton and Mead

Sunday, June 21, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Heavy rain greeted the fifth annual Mutton and Mead Medieval Festival Sunday morning, but organizers weren’t deterred. By Sunday afternoon, hundreds were milling around the grounds of the Millers Falls Rod and Gun Club as … 0