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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

Neighbors: TFHS to hold its fourth all-class reunion

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hello neighbor. Hey, it’s that time of year again — my alma mater, Turners Falls High School (Class of 1976 and proud of it) is holding its Alumni Association’s fourth annual All-Class Reunion the day after Thanksgiving. It will be held on the nightclub side of Between the … 0

Neighbors: It doesn’t take much to help feed our hungry

Monday, November 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was visiting with 2-year-old twin grandsons Owen and Travis the other night while daughter Christina went running — she didn’t get her passion for strenuous exercise from me — and as I watched them eat their chicken, rice, squash, yogurt and applesauce with reckless abandon, … 0

Letter: Political landscape

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Being a staunch Democrat, and a lover of beauty, I can’t understand why mean-spirited people are against wind power and solar panels dotting the open spaces. Comrade John Kerry, decorated veteran and a fine gentleman, hates wind farms because they are an eyesore to his pristine landscape, i.e. … 0

Letter: Cider’s distinctions

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Thank you for your coverage of Franklin County CiderDays, (“CiderDays a Global Phenomenon,” Nov. 3. It is a remarkable event. As a home cider-maker and cider enthusiast, I feel lucky to participate every November. I would like to point out a missing facet of the story, as it … 0

Neighbors: Crafts of Colrain self-guided studio tour this weekend

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hello, neighbor. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, why not head to Colrain for its annual Crafts of Colrain self-guided studio tour? Colrain is one of the county’s gems. Tucked in the hills, the town … 0

Defeated Rep. Andrews vows to ease transition

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

ORANGE — State Rep. Denise Andrews, in conceding defeat in her re-election bid Tuesday, thanked her supporters and promised to work with state officials and her successor in the House of Representa-tives to help the North Quabbin area … 0

Lee wins 2nd Franklin District

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Even with results from four towns outstanding at press time, two-term incumbent Rep. Denise Andrews lost her 2nd Franklin House seat Tuesday to Athol Selectman Susannah Whipps Lee. Lee, a Republican and seventh-generation Athol resident who campaigned on … 0

Neighbors: Quabbin featured in new book and 2015 calendar

Monday, November 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor J.R. Greene of Athol has just released his 20th book about the Quabbin, “B.V. Brook’s Pre-Quabbin Art, Photos & Postcards,” complete with footnotes and illustrations. It is filled with former Greenwich resident Burt V. Brooks’ photographs, paintings and postcards of three of the Quabbin’s … 0

Neighbors: Beloved former teacher still going strong at 88

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hello neighbors. For those of you who graduated from Turners Falls High School and remember with great respect and admiration your former history teacher, George F. Bush — no, not one of our former presidents — try to get your hands on a copy of the Oct. 27 … 0

‘I am the Second Franklin District’

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Athol Selectman Susannah Whipps Lee says she challenging incumbent state Rep. Denise Andrews for the Second Franklin House District because she wants to put skills learned in helping run her family’s manufacturing business to work boosting the economic … 0