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‘No one like him’: Family, friends remember late historian at ice cream social in his honor
07-22-2024 11:24 AM

By SAM FERLAND

GREENFIELD — Friends and family members of the late Peter Miller, a former president of the Historical Society of Greenfield who died in January 2021 at the age of 82, came together on Saturday after the society dedicated this year’s ice cream social...

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Pair of programs to offer socialization, tech help at long-closed Warwick Inn
07-23-2024 11:46 AM

By SAM FERLAND

WARWICK — Through the formation of a Warwick Social Center and digital equity program, residents searching for help with technology and internet-related questions or just looking to chat while enjoying a cup of coffee will be welcomed at the Warwick...


$29.7M reconstruction project will upgrade two bridges in Bernardston
07-21-2024 8:51 AM

By SAM FERLAND

BERNARDSTON — The state Department of Transportation is planning an estimated $29.7 million reconstruction of two bridges on Route 10 that officials say will ultimately lead to better traffic flow and pedestrian access.Ahead of construction, which is...


Conway poet writes ‘for people who love language’
07-19-2024 10:14 AM

By SAM FERLAND

With her second collection of poetry, Conway resident Libby Maxey is documenting various moments of belonging and isolation while reflecting on time spent during the COVID-19 pandemic that may have been forgotten if not turned into poetry.“I think the...


Installation of ‘pond leveler’ helps curb flooding near Leyden beaver pond
07-17-2024 3:13 PM

By SAM FERLAND

LEYDEN — The town expects less flooding and water pooling to occur after the installation of a “pond leveler” device in a beaver pond, located in the wetlands adjacent to West Leyden Road, a solution that ultimately saves the beavers and their dam.The...


Small-town strengths key to Leyden’s emergency management plan
07-16-2024 5:24 PM

By SAM FERLAND

LEYDEN — Under the guidance of Emergency Management Director Jeff Miller, the town is shoring up a new emergency management plan with a goal of making a safer, community-centered system.The new system will divide the town into different...


$10M West Hawley Road Bridge upgrade planned for 2026 in Charlemont
07-16-2024 2:11 PM

By SAM FERLAND

CHARLEMONT — The state Department of Transportation is planning a $10 million upgrade to the West Hawley Road Bridge on Route 8A over the Deerfield River that officials say will improve safety and pedestrian access.Ahead of construction, which is...


Repairs to Shelburne’s Old Greenfield Road planned in August
07-10-2024 1:20 PM

By SAM FERLAND

SHELBURNE — Road resurfacing and culvert replacement work on Old Greenfield Road off of Route 2 is expected to start in August, after construction companies submit their bids to secure a contract for the project.The project, estimated to cost...


Conway begins planning for tax work-off program for low-income seniors, veterans
07-07-2024 3:01 PM

By SAM FERLAND

CONWAY — Taking pointers from the communities of Greenfield, Amherst and Dalton, Conway is in the early stages of developing a tax work-off program for low-income seniors and veterans.Tax work-off programs place residents in a part-time position in a...


Discover a hidden talent: Craft class aims to inspire participants to submit their works to the Franklin County Fair showcase
07-05-2024 1:53 PM

By SAM FERLAND

The Roundhouse Craft Series, a class made for residents to learn crafting skills at the Greenfield Public Library, began on Tuesday, hoping to encourage and inspire participants to submit their crafts to the craft showcase at the Franklin County Fair...


Blais speaks to bills on energy, environment in Ashfield
06-30-2024 8:31 AM

By SAM FERLAND

ASHFIELD — State Rep. Natalie Blais, D-Deerfield, informed 1st Franklin District constituents about recent and future legislation geared toward energy and protecting the environment on Friday.The town hall-style conversation, organized by Blais at...


Nolumbeka Project working with Conway School to preserve Wissitinnewag site in Greenfield
06-26-2024 4:59 PM

By SAM FERLAND

GREENFIELD — The Conway School of Landscape Design is working with the Nolumbeka Project on designs to preserve the 61-acre Wissitinnewag site in a way that makes it more accessible through an efficient trail system and parking area, while also...


Greenfield’s Buddy Baseball celebrates close of 30th year
06-21-2024 5:56 PM

By SAM FERLAND

GREENFIELD — Buddy Baseball will conclude its 30th year with a final game on Saturday as one of the Recreation Department’s most successful and “heartwarming” programs.This year, the season started on May 11, with games occurring every Saturday until...


$987K pumper replacement for Bernardston Fire Department heads to ballot box
06-20-2024 1:06 PM

By SAM FERLAND

BERNARDSTON — The town will hold a special election on Tuesday, June 25, to decide whether the Fire Department can move forward with spending $987,000 to replace its KME pumper. Polls will be open at Town Hall from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.Voters gave their...


Mary Lyon Foundation proposes resource center, likely in Shelburne or Buckland
06-19-2024 1:38 PM

By SAM FERLAND

BUCKLAND — The Mary Lyon Foundation plans to build or renovate a resource center in western Franklin County within the next five years to help meet residents’ needs.“We’re looking to build a center that would be an intergenerational center where it...


Orange to bill church $13.7K after complaint of unfair treatment
06-18-2024 4:31 PM

By SAM FERLAND

ORANGE — After receiving a letter in March advising them of a complaint alleging special treatment of Mission Covenant Church, Selectboard members, in collaboration with the assessors, have decided to bill the church $13,723.54 for taxes.Americans...


Upon closure, Four Winds School looks to future opportunities
06-12-2024 3:30 PM

By SAM FERLAND

GILL — Four Winds School has officially closed its doors following the end of the 2023-2024 school year and a final liquidation sale last weekend, with a goal of raising money in hopes of reopening somewhere new in the future.“I think a better...


Tour marks 50th anniversary of Hawley Bog’s declaration as National Natural Landmark
06-11-2024 6:58 PM

By SAM FERLAND

HAWLEY — It’s been 50 years since the Hawley Bog was declared a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service, one of only 11 in Massachusetts, and visitors got to see why on Tuesday with a celebratory guided tour.The celebration, led by The...


‘We can do better’: Volunteers raise awareness of gun violence with Greenfield event
06-11-2024 10:03 AM

By SAM FERLAND

GREENFIELD — Volunteers with gun violence prevention groups heard praising beeps and hollers from passing drivers as they hung up orange hearts in trees and on fences on the Greenfield Common in recognition of National Gun Violence Awareness Day last...


Hawley officials seek input on redesign of hazardous road
06-07-2024 9:16 AM

By SAM FERLAND

HAWLEY — A meeting with the Selectboard and representatives of the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) recently addressed residents’ concerns and welcomed ideas to effectively redesign a curvy, hazardous section of Route 8A known as the...


The United Arc holding inaugural 5K fundraiser in Bernardston
06-06-2024 2:21 PM

By SAM FERLAND

BERNARDSTON — The United Arc will host its inaugural family-friendly 5K fundraiser on Saturday, June 8, where people can also enjoy live music and refreshments and enter to win raffle prizes.“It’s going to help so many people,” The United Arc’s Event...

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