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Kelly Goodwin works in the Club Cafe in the John W. Olver Transit Center talking with Heidi Streeter of Greenfield.
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Neighbors: Be aware of childhood cancer and do something, if you can

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, and it became reality for our neighbors Jeffrey and Bobbi Hampton of Greenfield, who lost their beautiful daughter Ally to childhood cancer in 2014. Alexandria “Ally” Katlyn Hampton was 20 when she died in May of last year, succumbing to the terrible disease that no one should ever have to endure. My heart … 0

3 charged in Turners restaurant robbery

Thursday, September 3, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Three Franklin County residents have been charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault and battery following an incident last month at Cece’s Chinese Restaurant. Police allege that Turners Falls resident Abby Mason, 31, of 77 Second Street, Turners Falls; her 30-year-old brother Justin Mason, of 5 West High Street, Erving; and her boyfriend Chi Matthews, 32, of Forbes Court, Greenfield, … 0

Montague board renews Comcast cable contract

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

MONTAGUE — The selectmen have signed a 10-year contract with Comcast that calls for the cable company to pay a lump sum of $34,000 to the town for “cable-related purposes.” Jason Burbank, member of the Cable Advisory Committee, said the money is expected to go to Montague Community Cable, Inc. “That is basically overpayment of the MCTV capital allotment over the expired time … 0

Letter: Defining racism

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

What does racism mean? Racism is a belief that one race is superior to the other or the practice of treating a person or group of people differently on the basis of their race. Racial intolerance is a lack of toleration; unwillingness or refusal to tolerate or respect … 0

Storm fells two oaks on homes in two-block line

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Something happened on the hill Tuesday afternoon. Randall Garland Sr. of 5 Henry Ave. tends to think it was more than a microburst, an opinion shared by neighbors after two oak trees landed on houses … 0

US Fish and Wildlife pulls Discovery Center staffing, support

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Great Falls Discovery Center is grappling with how to handle a potential loss of programming and support after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service withdrew its staffing from the center on short notice this … 0

Letter: Old Home Days

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

We always like to thank all who participated in the 56th Montague Old Home Days. This year we extend a special thanks to all the participants in our “Car Show,” whether they were antiques, racing or unique in some way. We were also visited by the Mohawk Rambler … 0

Neighbors: Community says “goodbye” to longtime service agency head

Monday, August 24, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Wednesday, The United Arc will say “bon voyage” to its executive director of 39 years. Ed Porter has performed a variety of roles in the position since 1976, helping the agency expand and adapt to … 0

Weekly Town Meetings

Friday, August 21, 2015

Ashfield Selectboard: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Technology/Finance Committee/Selectboard: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Parks Commission: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Veterans Agent: Monday 9 a.m. in Town … 0

‘Creating positive momentum’: Avenue A streetscape improvements set to begin within next few weeks

Thursday, August 20, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Avenue A will be getting a new pedestrian street corner mini-plaza and upgraded street lighting by this fall, with construction expected to begin within the next few weeks. The $396,550 project is the first phase … 0

Neighbors: Remember the power your words have and use them wisely

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. I have lots to tell you about today. Before I go into what’s happening in the county, I’d like to tell you about an unsigned note I received from one of you fine folks, and then … 0

‘Smart switches’ cut down on power outages

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

GREENFIELD — Eversource Energy has recently finished installing 40 “smart switches” in 17 western Massachusetts towns, including seven in Franklin County, which the company says will help increase reliability across its grid. Eversource spokeswoman Priscilla Ress said the … 0

Big Brothers Big Sisters open house tonight at Hubie’s

Monday, August 17, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Don’t know what to do on a Tuesday night? How about signing on to help children reach their full potential? Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County will host an informational event tonight at Hubie’s Tavern and Restaurant, 66 Avenue A, the former Jake’s Tavern … 0