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

Letter: Adapting to change

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

On the same day, the Vermont Yankee Reactor was “unplugged,” the train through Greenfield was re-enstated. This is interesting irony. When I read of Vernon officials, nuke workers and business owners complaining about how to adapt to the anticipated loss of revenue, I object. A judicious parent will … 1

Neighbors: Look ahead to a great year

Monday, January 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. Hope you all had a wonderful New Year. Now it’s time to look ahead. According to our precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy, we’re supposed to see 23 snowfalls this winter — remember, you only have to track a cat for one to be counted. Even so, that … 0

Franklin Tech School set to get 3-D printer

Monday, January 5, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — By fall, students at Franklin County Technical School will be able to model real-life fit-to-scale designs with a 3-D printer in their engineering and physics classes. The technical school received a $99,557 STEM grant from the Mass. Life Sciences Foundation to upgrade school equipment and … 0

Turners woman aims for an accessible new year

Sunday, January 4, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Betty Tegel spent the year pushing for handicapped and elder access, attending meetings of various town boards and interjecting particular access issues wherever she found a chink in the conversation. So far, it has paid … 1

Meet “Artie:” Montague’s newest K-9 loves to work, train and play

Sunday, January 4, 2015

MONTAGUE — Sunday’s snow wasn’t really the playing kind, a fact Montague Police Department working dog “Artie” roundly ignored, tearing after a flying length of fire hose to catch the beloved toy in fantastic explosions of ice and … 0

Turners man faces attempted murder charge

Friday, January 2, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A local man has been charged with attempted murder and under a newly created law against strangulation after he allegedly beat and choked his pregnant girlfriend. Jose Sanchez, 26, of 58 Grove St., pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Friday to charges of attempted murder, … 0

Slum, blight designate opportunity for Turners Falls, Millers Falls

Friday, January 2, 2015

MONTAGUE — “Slum” or “blighted” might not be anyone’s preferred adjective for an area they live in, but the town of Montague has designated patches of the villages of Turners Falls and Millers Falls as such, with an … 0

Town board meetings for week of Jan. 5

Friday, January 2, 2015

Ashfield Selectboard/Personnel Board: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard/Personnel Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Assessors: Thursday 5:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Assessors: Tuesday 2 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday … 0

New Year’s hike draws crowd to canal

Thursday, January 1, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Though 4-year-old Thomas Neal insisted he didn’t like hiking as his mother, Margaret Betts, zipped up his puffy olive-green jacket inside the Great Falls Discovery Center’s Great Hall in downtown Turners Falls Thursday afternoon, it … 0

Neighbors: Now’s the time to get your children involved in Shakespeare

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Happy New Year! It’s finally here and the days are getting colder. But as I said the other day, it’s also a chance for a new beginning. Has your 7- to-18-year-old been thinking about some William Shakespeare? Well, now’s the time. Young Shakespeare Players East in … 0