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Restaurant proposed for Salmon Falls building

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — During the summer of 2013, the Salmon Falls Artisans Showroom building temporarily housed “The Flying Deer Diner” during Warner Bros.’ filming of “The Judge.” Now building owner and glass artist Josh Simpson is hoping to build a real restaurant inside the building’s lower-level first floor, facing out to the Deerfield River. “There have been at least three … 0

Gill-Montague superintendent announces plan for one principal between middle, high schools

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Superintendent Michael Sullivan has announced plans to cut costs by combining the Gill-Montague Regional School District’s middle and high school administrative offices … 0

Graduation rates steady in Franklin County

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — Franklin County high schools have graduation rates that are better and worse than the state average, according to the latest state statistics. Last … 0

Human Rights award nominations sought

Thursday, January 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Human Rights Commission is seeking nominations of individuals and organizations for the 2015 Human Rights Award. Nomination forms may be picked up and dropped off at the mayor’s office in Town Hall during regular business hours or by emailing greenfieldhrc@gmail.com to request a PDF … 0

Can books break the cycle of crime?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — It’s widely accepted that a good book can help you get away from a dreary day, but can literature help people escape a life of crime? Proponents of Changing Life Through Literature believe it can, and … 0

Tech School seeks support for capital projects

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SHELBURNE — The Franklin County Technical School has never come to its 19 member towns for a capital improvement spending request since it was built in 1976, according to FCTS School Committee member Angus “Terry” Dun of Shelburne. But now, nearly 40 years later, the vocational school needs … 0

Mayor makes case for Greenfield’s temporary takeover of school business duties

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — Because the school department is within the town of Greenfield, it makes more sense for the town to handle school business until the School Committee finds a permanent business manager, Mayor William Martin said. The school department has decided to temporarily contract out the business management … 0

Sunderland man sentenced to 3 years for rape

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Sunderland man was sentenced to three years in state prison after he admitted Wednesday to raping a South Hadley woman at her home in 2013. Jesse Davis, 42, pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to the rape charge. The victim read a statement before his … 0

Route 2 crash sends 3 to hospital

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — Two Ford Escape SUVs headed in opposite directions collided on Route 2 around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday according to Greenfield police. Two from one car and one from the other were taken to the hospital with what police said were not serious injuries. The accident closed a … 0

Making the cut

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The word “papercut” usually conjures the image of a shallow gash on one’s finger and the remembrance of a brief moment of pain, but at the Deerfield Arts Bank, a new exhibit is attempting to … 0

Fuel aid recipients could get benefits boost

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — Fuel aid recipients may be seeing an extra $50 in their benefits this winter with new money coming to the state from the federal government. The federal government released an additional 9 percent in money for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. That’s an additional … 0

Police: Drunk driver tried to eat snow to beat breath test

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SUNDERLAND — A 76-year-old man faces a fourth offense charge of drunken driving after he wedged his truck in a snowbank. Constantine Kamansky Jr. of 6 Bull Hill Road, Leverett, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Wednesday to a single charge of operating under the influence of liquor … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Shelburne puts up barriers after sand pilfering discovered SHELBURNE — After seeing contractors’ bucket loaders scooping up sand intended for residents’ use, the selectmen agreed to put up concrete barriers Monday night, to prevent trucks from gaining access to the sand pile at the town Highway Garage in … 0