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Indira Wiles, 4, left, is battling leukemia. The family is trying to raise money to build her a room of her own. Submitted photo

Leukemia puts 4-year-old, family on roller coaster

Sunday, July 5, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Quiet, well-behaved Indira Wiles looks and acts like a normal 4-year-old on a good day, but if her fever hits 100.4 or more, her parents are rushing her to the hospital. “She was admitted to the hospital 49 times and had 24 visits to the doctor between March 2014 and March 2015,” said her mother Kari Ann Wiles. “Every time she sneezes or I see a bruise, I worry and wait.” Wiles said her 35-pound blonde daughter has been battling leukemia for more than a year. The youngster is in remission at the moment, but her mother said the fight is far … 0

‘Rides for Health’ seeks volunteer drivers

Sunday, July 5, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Home Care Corporation seeks volunteers for Rides for Health, a relatively new program that addresses an unmet need for elders in our community: transportation to and from medical and health care-related venues, such as an appointment with a specialist at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield or something closer to home, like a trip to the corner pharmacy to … 0

Letter: Priorities

Friday, July 3, 2015

This will be short and sweet: The last couple of days, I have been reading how there is an interest in creating a cultural district in Greenfield. I can see how this would be very beneficial to the town. We all need culture. However, I was wondering if we could work on that, right after the Walmart or whatever big box store is … 0

Neighbors: Green River Festival around the corner

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again — the countdown is just seven days. The Green River Festival will be held July 10, 11 and 12 at Greenfield Community College, and there are a limited number of tickets left, … 0

Outdoor music at Hubie’s Tavern draws crowds, complaints

Thursday, July 2, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Hubie’s Tavern and Restaurant came under fire at a Board of Selectmen meeting this week after residents voiced complaints that music from the venue’s outdoor patio is excessive and disruptive, but some have expressed concern … 1

Australis Aquaculture swimming in business

Thursday, July 2, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Cawing seagulls circle over a sea-sprayed wooden dock while bearded men wearing skullcaps and tall rubber wading boots use long nets to unload the day’s catch. A thick rope holds their small boat in place … 0

Montague trash pickup unaffected by Fourth of July

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Montague town trash and recycle pick-up will not change due to the July 4th holiday this week. The holiday is observed on Saturday. However, the town’s Recycle/Transfer Station will be closed Saturday in observance of the holiday. … 0

Nothing found after bridge, river search

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

MONTAGUE CITY — Reports of a man on the railing of the General Pierce Bridge prompted a search of the swollen Connecticut River after dark Tuesday, but police believe the man walked away. Turners Fall firefighter Trisha Dana said the Turners and Greenfield fire rescue boats searched the … 0

Miller Falls fire closes Bridge Street

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

MILLERS FALLS — An apartment fire on Bridge Street put residents out of doors and stopped traffic on the road, a Route 63 connector, for close to an hour Tuesday evening. At 5:55 p.m., Turners Falls Fire Chief … 0

Safe pried open in Country Creemee early-morning burglary

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

MONTAGUE — A burglar or burglars broke into the Country Creemee sometime overnight Monday into Tuesday, cracking open the safe. Montague police are investigating. Proprietor Robyn Mason said this is the second time, and security cameras are the … 0

Micro gardens offer fresh food for all

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — After nearly 25 years of research, a local scientist has developed a sustainable system for growing food with an eye to ending world hunger. Dr. Ganisher Abbasov, of Northampton, will sell the system, which allows … 0

Letter: A changing Iraq

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I always read with interest the letter to the editor from Lou Barber. Instead of giving all this lost military equipment to the Iraqis, give it to the Kurds. They are our only and true allies in the region. When ISIS is finally destroyed, carve out a homeland … 0

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 … 0