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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

No injuries in Route 2 Gill crash

Monday, January 19, 2015

GILL — Police say no one was badly hurt in an accident at the intersection of Route 2 and Main Road in Gill Monday afternoon. Gill Police Chief David Hastings said a car taking a left hand turn from Main Road to head east on Route 2 struck … 0

Neighbors: Relay For Life kicks off 20 years; one team kicks off 10

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s never too early to talk about the 20-year-old Relay For Life of Franklin County, and I’m sure over the next few months you’ll be hearing a lot about different groups holding fundraisers for cancer research … 0

He’s game for becoming superintendent

Sunday, January 18, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — As principal of the Franklin County Technical School, Richard Martin was known for a nearer-than-the-bleachers involvement in the vocational high school’s sports teams, suiting up for practice and running drills with teenagers. Martin, 50, of … 0

Montague native, local DJ needs new heart

Friday, January 16, 2015

MONTAGUE — Many people know 39-year-old Ryan Interlande as the local disc jockey who for more than 20 years has brought fun and music to parties of all sizes throughout Franklin County and beyond. He’s known to exude … 0

Anti-Islamic graffiti defaces historic Turners Falls building

Friday, January 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A message of intolerance scrawled on the brick wall by the Third Street bus stop didn’t stand long before someone hid the spray painted letters as best they could with an opposite message in sidewalk … 0

Franklin County Technical School teachers protest ‘hasty’ superintendent hiring

Thursday, January 15, 2015

MONTAGUE — Franklin County Technical School teachers stood up at this week’s School Committee meeting to protest the abrupt selection of a superintendent last month, focusing on the process rather than the pick. Five leaders of the Franklin County Technical Teachers Association union took their complaint to the … 0

Neighbors: Celebrate MLK Day by doing service

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which we will celebrate on Monday, is not about having a day off, but instead about doing service for your neighbors and community. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” King said. The civil rights … 0

Sixth brewery planned for Franklin County

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — An industrial building near the edge of downtown could soon be turning out beer, adding a sixth brewery to Franklin County and a second to the town of Montague alone. Lawrence George, 38, of Florence, … 0

Regional kennel to stay in Montague

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Lost, stray and impounded dogs from around the county should continue to have a home in Montague, with an agreement for the use of town land. Opened in 2012 to give area police and animal … 0

Stuff takes up space on Avenue A

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Visitors to Avenue A will have noticed a change in the still-bright makeup of the Third Street intersection. Madison on the Avenue moved down a storefront and Stuff moved into the corner space this fall. The business is owned by Steve Vogel of Montague Center … 0