MICKY BEDELL A utility company upgrades the wiring for electricity on a hub on Deerfield St. in Greenfield.

On the high wire: Major utility line project underway in the region

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Even as work crews begin wrapping up a 2.8-mile stretch of an Eversource transmission line in Greenfield, Montague and Deerfield, replacing lattice poles with double-circuit monopoles, the utility has begun other major line work around the region and is gearing up for still more projects to improve reliability of the electric grid. And the utility, formerly known as Northeast Utilities, … 0

Deerfield, SCEMS discuss second housing option; Whately not pleased

Thursday, October 8, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A second possible home for the three-town South County ambulance service has emerged — much to the surprise of Whately. Deerfield’s Board of Selectmen met Wednesday night with members of South County EMS Board of Oversight to discuss a second option for the ambulance base, but opted to conduct the … 1

Neighbors: Lots going on in the county, so enjoy!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hello neighbor. There is way too much to tell you about today, so I’m just going to get right to it. Have a great weekend and enjoy the vibrant fall colors, because they’ll be gone sooner than you think. I will check in next week with Franklin County’s precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy to see what her predictions are for winter. Here’s hoping ...! … 0

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, … 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 … 0

Don’t care to share: South County cool to study on police regionalization

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A study that looks at how the police departments of Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately could consolidate or regionalize their services was met with little enthusiasm during a recent meeting of the town’s police chiefs and … 0

Project Safe Childhood to visit Frontier

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

DEERFIELD — On Wednesday, October 7th, students in the Frontier Regional School District will be participating in an assembly titled: Project Safe Childhood, presented by the Department of Justice. The presentation will include a variety of Internet safety topics including: digital footprints; cyberbullying; sextortion; Internet predators; and being … 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 … 0

Neighbors: Have fun at Celebrate the harvest Festival in Orange

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to celebrate fall — this wonderful time of year — head over to Orange on Sunday, where at 9 a.m. the Celebrate the Harvest Festival begins at the airport. There will be a car show, craft fair (you can start that holiday shopping), … 0

Sunderland farm stand hosts first ‘potatofest’

Saturday, October 3, 2015

SUNDERLAND — What can you do with a potato? Quite a bit, it turns out. On Saturday, during Smiarowski Farm Stand and Creamery’s first “potatofest,” the farm substituted the starchy staples for children’s game pieces. Games included a … 0

Neighbors: Local organization head raises money for hungry

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Sept. 27, Andrew Morehouse, the executive editor of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, pedalled 100 miles through Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire to help end hunger in western Massachusetts. The food bank’s 5th annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event raised more than … 1

Sunderland native secures spot on ‘The Voice’

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Sunderland native and former Frontier Regional High School student Noah Jackson has secured a spot on Gwen Stefani’s team on the current season of the popular NBC television show The Voice. On the show, contestants sing … 0

Sunderland solar project snagged on connect plan

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Sunderland’s second pass at installing two solar arrays on town land near the Public Safety Complex and Sunderland Elementary School has been running into issues getting the approval it needs to interconnect with the grid from Eversource Energy, the town’s consultant for the project told the … 0