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86 drug treatment beds coming to North Quabbin in Petersham

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

PETERSHAM — Athol Hospital’s parent company has bought land in Petersham and plans to open a 86-bed addiction and mental health treatment facility there as early as this summer. The number and type of treatment slots would be a significant addition to the treatment landscape near Franklin County, with adolescent treatment among the offerings. The regional Opioid Task Force has said repeatedly that more treatment beds in or near Franklin … 0

Tech school’s MCAS scores climbing back toward state average

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Superintendent Richard Martin said he was happy with the Franklin County Technical School’s growth in the last round of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System testing. English scores were the highest they have been back to 2006 at least, Martin said, with 90 percent of last year’s 10th-grade students scoring advanced or … 0

‘One of Greenfield’s libraries’: Franklin County remembers public servant William B. Allen

Monday, October 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Longtime public servant William B. Allen died Saturday, and town officials and leaders say his passing is a big loss to the town, because he was one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable public servants they’ve ever known. “I look at Bill’s passing like one of Greenfield’s libraries just burned down,” … 0

WiredWest awaits state approval of business plan

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) has not yet evaluated WiredWest’s business plan but is preparing to, according to MBI Director Eric Nakajima. The issue came up last week in Colrain, when selectmen and Crocker Communications sales director Bill Stathis discussed whether WiredWest’s minimum broadband service fee, $49 per … 2

Neighbors: Visit your local farmers market

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Farmers markets are going strong throughout the county this summer. I’m not going to mention any in particular, because most of you know where they are, especially if you’ve got one in your town. What I want to talk about today is why you should visit … 0

Fire marshal: Check carbon monoxide alarms

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pointing to the deaths of four young Massachusetts residents in a Maine cabin over the weekend, the state Fire Marshal’s Office told residents their carbon monoxide alarms may be running out of time. “A similar tragedy led to a law here in Massachusetts that requires CO alarms in … 0

Town Meetings, Week of July 27

Friday, July 24, 2015

Ashfield Parks Commission: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Planning Board: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Website Policy Committee: Tuesday 10 a.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board … 0

Utilities: Electric rates to drop, but root cause of spikes remains

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — After a winter that saw major increases in electric bills across the region, rates have dropped back to more normal warm-weather levels. While those big fluctuations showed up in monthly electric bills, retailers like Eversource Energy … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy Famous Bill’s lobster pie recipe

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. Many of you — especially those who grew up in the area like I did — remember Famous Bill’s Restaurant on Federal Street — and you probably also remember its lobster pie. Well, one of our neighbors was going through her mother’s things (her mom was … 0

FRTA proposes Montague-Greenfield line cut

Monday, July 20, 2015

MONTAGUE — Riders on the Route 22 bus line between Montague and Greenfield may see changes as early as this fall if a proposal by the Franklin Regional Transit Authority to discontinue the line and combine it with the Route 32 line between Orange and Greenfield is put … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy some ice cream this week

Monday, July 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. Did you know that the origins of ice cream go way back to before ancient Roman times? Emperors would order ice be brought from mountains and covered with fruit. Over time, recipes for ices, sherbets, and … 0

Weekly Town Meetings, July 20-25

Friday, July 17, 2015

Ashfield Board of Health: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Assessors: Wednesday 11 a.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Special town meeting: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Hawlemont Regional School Committee: Tuesday 4:30 p.m. in Hawlemont. Colrain … 0

Neighbors: Reunion planned on Catamount Hill in Colrain

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. The 29th Quinquennial Reunion of families who settled Catamount Hill, an historic section of Colrain, will be held Aug. 1 at Colrain Central School, 22 Jacksonville Road. The gathering will begin at 10 a.m. and there will be a guided hike on Catamount Hill on Aug. … 0