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Ashfield’s Bullitt Reservation open to all

Sunday, July 27, 2014

ASHFIELD — Don’t stay off the grass and feel free to pick the flowers, or the tomatoes: the Bullitt Reservation is anyone’s backyard. Formerly part of a U.S. ambassador’s summer retreat from international politics, Bullitt Reservation covers 262 acres on the Conway border, hidden from sight up a narrow, rutted dirt road banked with trees, ferns and moss. Despite the … 0

First Great River Challenge Off-Road Triathlon set for Sept. 28

Sunday, July 27, 2014

NORTHFIELD — What do you get when you combine kayaks and canoes, mountain bikes and running shoes with the local landscape? The first Great River … 0

Hospital kitchen among green changes

Sunday, July 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — This August, a trailer will temporarily take the place of the kitchen at Baystate Franklin Medical Center as the Greenfield hospital moves toward … 0

Upper Valley Music Festival relaxed in return to Greenfield

Sunday, July 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Upper Valley Music Festival spread out around the Town Common and the main intersection Saturday, fitting easily back into Greenfield after two years in neighboring Turners Falls. The festival stages multiple performers in multiple venues … 0

Fly for fun and feed the hungry

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Aviation has long had a place in food aid, with airplanes and helicopters dropping supplies into remote or cut-off areas following disasters and in the midst of war. Smaller aircraft — much smaller aircraft — will get in … 0

Deerfield’s year without a town administrator

Sunday, July 27, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — It has been one full year since the town has had a permanent full-time town administrator. And, despite changes to the job description, searches and public interviews, the Board of Selectmen is still trying to decide how much authority the top manager in town should … 0

Gas pipeline proponents to address Northfield residents Aug. 19

Sunday, July 27, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Local residents will finally have their chance to pose questions to the proponents of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Expansion. The pipeline company has agreed to address a community meeting Aug. 19 at 7 p.m., at Pioneer Valley Regional School. Representatives of Kinder Morgan, the pipeline’s parent … 0

Buckland to vote on wind bylaw next month

Sunday, July 27, 2014

BUCKLAND — After hearing from residents this week, the Planning Board will take another look at its proposed small-scale wind turbine bylaw before bringing it to a vote at a special town meeting in late August. The proposal defines a “small wind energy facility” as a turbine that … 0

New collaboration opens doors for economic security for women

Sunday, July 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College and area women’s and domestic violence resource advocacy groups are partnering to empower at-risk women in transition in Franklin County. The Franklin County Women’s GARDEN (Growing Agricultural Resiliency and Developing Economic Networks) Project is a new three-year partnership, funded through a $20,000 grant … 0

Low water warning issued Conn. River

Sunday, July 27, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Turners Falls Dam operator warns water levels will be low Tuesday and Thursday on the Connecticut River, from Turners Falls to Vernon, Vt. According to a release from FirstLight Hydro Generating Company Land Management Administrator Beth Bazler, the company is supporting fellow Connecticut River … 0

Weldon residents to be without an elevator

Friday, July 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — Residents of the 109-year-old Weldon House on High Street will have to take the stairs to their upper-floor apartments for the next six to eight weeks while the owner replaces the only elevator in the concrete … 0

Leyden Rifle Club wants to ‘take cover’

Friday, July 25, 2014

LEYDEN — The Leyden Rifle Club is once again taking aim at a permit to put a roof over its firing line. “We’re going to make one more attempt to get a variance from the Zoning Board of … 0

Questions remain after COG pipeline meeting

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Planning Board, along with the nearly 300 people attending their meeting Thursday, got to pose a series of questions to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. spokesmen, yet questions remained about TGP’s proposed project. The two-hour long session, during which four representatives … 1