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Questions remain after COG pipeline meeting

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Planning Board, along with the nearly 300 people attending their meeting Thursday, got to pose a series of questions to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. spokesmen, yet questions remained about TGP’s proposed project. The two-hour long session, during which four representatives from TGP parent Kinder Morgan responded to audience questions submitted in writing, echoed many of the comments already made by the company … 1

Reps. Mark, Kulik voice opposition to gas pipeline

Friday, July 25, 2014

Five more western Massachusetts legislators have come out publicly against the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project. Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, along with Reps. Paul Mark, D-Peru, Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, Gailanne Cariddi, D-North Adams, and William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox, issued a joint written statement Friday declaring their opposition to the Northeast Direct pipeline, which would cross nine Franklin County towns. Rep. Denise Andrews, D-Orange, … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor to raise money for animals

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. One of our younger neighbors, 11-year-old Miracle Leyro, is organizing a walk through the downtown Greenfield area this Saturday with a group of her friends. The youngsters plan to raise money for Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society. Miracle’s mother Diana Nunez told me that Miracle plans to walk along Main and Federal streets, as well as some of the side streets, … 0

COG reschedules public meeting on pipeline

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Franklin Regional Planning Board have rescheduled to July 24 their first-ever joint meeting to review the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project proposed to cross nine county towns on its path to Dracut. The boards’ original May 15 meeting on what … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy, but stay safe on the Fourth of July

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are just a week away from July 4 and I’m sure there will be plenty of celebrating going on next weekend. I hope you all have great fun and get to spend time with friends … 0

Missing man rescued from Deerfield River

Monday, June 23, 2014

SHELBURNE — A man reported missing from a local rest home was found on a rock in the Deerfield River Monday. When a citizen saw the man in the river and recognized him, he called police, who set … 0

Neighbors: Scholarships help students pursue dreams and agencies help others

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Wells Trust Scholarship recently announced this year’s recipients and I’d like to share their names, or at least where some of them are from, with you today. Fred W. and Ethel Dow Wells were longtime … 0

Letter: Paid maternity leave

Monday, June 23, 2014

The present condition of our state’s maternity leave policy has me enormously concerned. Extensive research has proven that a child’s first months are crucial for their development and it’s astounding that we continue to grant mothers such brief maternity leave. It’s vital that an infant’s parents be able … 0

Letter: Living wage

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Have you ever thought of raising a child by yourself, being a single parent? Well, think again. To be a single parent of one child in Franklin County you need to be making $22.52 an hour. The problem is that 63 percent of jobs are below the living … 0

Shelburne divided on AT&T cell tower plan

Sunday, June 22, 2014

SHELBURNE — A red balloon visual-impact test Saturday gave Colrain Shelburne Road residents a sense of how visible a 100-foot tall AT&T cell tower on Hager’s Farm property might be. Several residents asked that photographs of the balloon test be taken in front of their homes or even … 0

One hurt in Shelburne off-road accident

Sunday, June 22, 2014

SHELBURNE — An of-road vehicle accident sent one person to the hospital by helicopter on Sunday. Shelburne Fire Chief John Taylor said he wasn’t sure of the details but at least one ATV rolled over on private property off the Mohawk Trail and one person was injured. “I … 0

More than 1/3 of Franklin County ticks carry Lyme disease

Friday, June 20, 2014

More than a third of ticks collected in 10 Franklin County towns so far this season have tested positive for Lyme disease. “We are finding Lyme to be highly prevalent in Franklin County, but we also know it … 0

Greenfield Community College graduates LPNs

Friday, June 20, 2014

Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program students graduated in a special ceremony Friday afternoon. This is the 22nd graduating class of the program that prepares students to become licensed practical nurses. Many in the class are nontraditional students who have balanced family and work responsibilities to successfully complete … 0