A shower
62°
A shower
Hi 69° | Lo 57°

Rowe School to hold open house Sunday

Thursday, August 21, 2014

ROWE — It was two years ago this month when a lightning-induced fire destroyed the 50-year-old Rowe Elementary School. But on Sunday, the town’s schoolchildren and community will gather to celebrate the opening of the new Rowe Elementary School, which begins its first full day of school on Wednesday . The ceremony starts at 4 p.m., at the school, at … 0

Wet weather takes toll on crops

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Area farmers are once again on the front lines of weather patterns, which in recent weeks have brought cooler, rainier weather to the region. That’s … 0

World Eye's Florence satellite store set to close Saturday

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — After two years selling books on North Main Street in Florence, the World Eye Bookshop is closing Saturday, though its Greenfield store remains … 0

GOP candidates Whipps Lee, Anderson face off in race’s only debate

Thursday, August 21, 2014

PETERSHAM — The two Republican hopefuls in the region’s only primary contest sat far apart at a long table on the Petersham Town Hall meeting room stage this week, but Susannah Whipps Lee of Athol and Karen Anderson of Orange appeared to be not that far apart on … 0

Taking the stairs

Thursday, August 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Seventy-three-year-old Adele Sheperd said she isn’t thrilled that she will have to go up and down the stairs to her second floor apartment in the Weldon House while the building’s only elevator is being replaced,. But, … 0

Orange voters OK funding for Community Development Office

Thursday, August 21, 2014

ORANGE — Applause filled the Ruth B. Smith Memorial Auditorium as residents voted to continue funding the Community Development Office and the work it has been doing in town. Since word was received that Orange will not be receiving the Community Development Block Grant this year, the fate … 0

Neighbors: Grandparents proud of grandson’s award

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Our neighbors Shirley and Don Ward of Buckland were happy to announce this week that their grandson Jared “JD” Jurentkuff won an Emmy Award for an Apple commercial he worked on last year titled “Misunderstood.” JD … 0

Sister gets her life back with brother’s kidney donation

Thursday, August 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — For 13 years, Heather Shaw of Greenfield dealt with kidney disease — until her kidneys finally failed and she required dialysis. For three days a week last year, Shaw visited Yankee Family Dialysis on Wildwood Avenue … 0

After major renovations, Conway church set to re-open Sept. 6

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

CONWAY — Having spent the past three years bogged down in a major restoration project, the United Congregational Church of Conway will once again open its doors next month. The church will hold a ceremony to celebrate the … 0

Gov. Patrick rolls into Greenfield on train to announce track buy

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — Gov. Deval Patrick rolled into Greenfield Wednesday aboard a passenger train to announce the state is spending $17 million to advance the Amtrak Vermonter passenger service, scheduled to begin Dec. 29. That money will buy 49 … 0

DA: Large car insurance fraud ring disrupted

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — Dozens of New York City area residents have been charged locally with defrauding car insurance companies of hundreds of thousands of dollars, by claiming to live in the Pioneer Valley to get cheaper premiums. Hampshire and Franklin county grand juries have returned indictments against 38 individuals, … 0

Police Logs, Aug. 15-17

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Greenfield, Aug. 15 8:35 p.m. — Caller reported that a man wearing an ankle-length red robe or jacket, no shoes and only one sock had approached her niece on Main Street and offered to sell her a “legal hallucinogen” that he had purchased on the Internet. Police could … 0

Shakespeare’s for the young again in Turners

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The people behind the latest theatrical endeavor at the Shea Theater believe it is better for the mind to be dipped in Shakespeare early and often. “The point is to show young people that classical texts — Shakespeare, in particular — are not above them, … 0