MICKY BEDELL A utility company upgrades the wiring for electricity on a hub on Deerfield St. in Greenfield.

On the high wire: Major utility line project underway in the region

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Even as work crews begin wrapping up a 2.8-mile stretch of an Eversource transmission line in Greenfield, Montague and Deerfield, replacing lattice poles with double-circuit monopoles, the utility has begun other major line work around the region and is gearing up for still more projects to improve reliability of the electric grid. And the utility, formerly known as Northeast Utilities, … 0

Neighbors: Lots going on in the county, so enjoy!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hello neighbor. There is way too much to tell you about today, so I’m just going to get right to it. Have a great weekend and enjoy the vibrant fall colors, because they’ll be gone sooner than you think. I will check in next week with Franklin County’s precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy to see what her predictions are for winter. Here’s hoping ...! … 0

Local family receives anonymous $10,000 check for wheelchair van

Thursday, October 8, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A local family that’s been fundraising for months to buy a wheelchair accessible van for its 11-year-old son has received an anonymous $10,000 check, bringing them three-quarters of the way to their final goal. The Norwoods of Turners Falls have been working with a nonprofit called HelpHopeLive to raise the … 0

Letter: Defending the USPS

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Once again,this paper decides to come after the postal service. In yesterday’s paper, a (borrowed) column says the P.O. is bleeding money and should be privatized. I’m guessing whoever decided to publish this nonsense currently complains about our postal service. What would privatization bring? Lower paying, nonunion jobs … 1

86 drug treatment beds coming to North Quabbin in Petersham

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

PETERSHAM — Athol Hospital’s parent company has bought land in Petersham and plans to open a 86-bed addiction and mental health treatment facility there as early as this summer. The number and type of treatment slots would be a significant addition to the treatment landscape near Franklin County, … 0

Tech school’s MCAS scores climbing back toward state average

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Superintendent Richard Martin said he was happy with the Franklin County Technical School’s growth in the last round of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System testing. English scores were the highest they have been back to 2006 … 0

‘One of Greenfield’s libraries’: Franklin County remembers public servant William B. Allen

Monday, October 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Longtime public servant William B. Allen died Saturday, and town officials and leaders say his passing is a big loss to the town, because he was one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable public servants they’ve … 0

Neighbors: Have fun at Celebrate the harvest Festival in Orange

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to celebrate fall — this wonderful time of year — head over to Orange on Sunday, where at 9 a.m. the Celebrate the Harvest Festival begins at the airport. There will be a car show, craft fair (you can start that holiday shopping), … 0

USAF nurse making her mark

Sunday, October 4, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A Greenfield native turned United States Air Force nurse finds ways to use her background in the performing arts on the job daily. Recently, the unexpected combination inspired her to pursue a project that would become a milestone in her career. “I’ve always been a … 0

Montague voters approve money for pipeline fight

Thursday, October 1, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Montague has taken the first step to bring broadband Internet access to unserved areas of town and set aside money for lawyers in pipeline proceedings. Voters at a special town meeting on Thursday authorized the Board of Selectmen to establish and maintain a legal entity … 0

Turners Falls High School sees best MCAS performance in school’s history

Thursday, October 1, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Gill-Montague Regional School District Superintendent Michael Sullivan praised Turners Falls High School for its best Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System performance ever this year. Ninety-four percent of tenth-graders scored proficient or advanced in English, marking the … 0

Montague sewer rate hike proposed

Thursday, October 1, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Operators of the Montague Water Pollution Control Facility have recommended increasing sewer rates in town to ensure revenues will cover its expenses. Superintendent Robert Trombley told the Board of Selectmen at its meeting this week that the facility has been working with Connecticut-based The Water … 0

Neighbors: Local organization head raises money for hungry

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Sept. 27, Andrew Morehouse, the executive editor of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, pedalled 100 miles through Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire to help end hunger in western Massachusetts. The food bank’s 5th annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event raised more than … 1