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PHOTOS: Residents giddy up to Point 5K
07-19-2024 8:28 AM

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12-year-old Gill resident joins Circus Smirkus, with local performances this weekend
07-19-2024 2:08 PM

By ERIN-LEIGH HOFFMAN

GREENFIELD — When the traveling youth circus troupe Circus Smirkus comes to the Franklin County Fairgrounds this weekend, the roster of performers includes one Franklin County resident.The Greensboro, Vermont-based troupe, made up of youths ages 11 to...


Charlemont teen honored for work with dog shelter
07-17-2024 10:30 AM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

CHARLEMONT — Having adopted two cats, a dog and a new kitten, it’s safe to say that Charlemont resident Rachel Harris is passionate about caring for animals.It was this passion that fueled her recent work with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office...


Furthering the goal of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’: Deerfield Transfer Station adds swap shed
07-15-2024 1:48 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — The old saying goes that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, but what if there was no need to throw the item out in the first place?Beginning this past weekend, Deerfield residents using the Transfer Station now have a new outlet...


PHOTOS: A van-tastic event
07-12-2024 4:25 PM


‘Van-lifers’ from across country to unite in Greenfield for 51st annual National Truck-In
07-09-2024 4:27 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

GREENFIELD — Anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 van enthusiasts are expected to convene at the Franklin County Fairgrounds this week for the 51st annual National Truck-In.“It’s a custom van show,” explained Judi Baker, the event’s co-chair. “People from all...


Saddle up for Point 5K: Annual Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraiser takes rodeo theme
07-05-2024 2:30 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

GREENFIELD — Rain or shine, the Big Brothers Big Sisters Point 5K will return this year to the Franklin County Fairgrounds on Thursday, July 18, from 4 to 8 p.m. to raise money to help foster one-on-one mentoring relationships for...


Franklin County Fairgrounds puts moratorium on motorsports events
07-02-2024 6:00 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Franklin County Agricultural Society President Michael Nelson says the fairgrounds will not host any additional motorsports events — except for September’s Franklin County Fair — until the city can study and address concerns of air and...


Gill pursuing new composting program
07-02-2024 4:01 PM

By ERIN-LEIGH HOFFMAN

GILL — A new community composting plan was approved by the Selectboard on Monday night, beginning the process of getting a weekly compost collection program off the ground for Gill residents as a prior food waste pickup system is phased out.A...


4 entrepreneurs to split $10K from annual pitch competition, boosting their businesses
06-28-2024 2:24 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — Four up-and-coming entrepreneurs got a boost and split $10,000 to invest into their growing businesses Thursday night in the fourth installment of the “Take the Floor” pitch competition.The competition is a part of the Franklin County...


Tornado watch in effect in Franklin County
06-23-2024 3:19 PM

STAFF REPORT

GREENFIELD — A tornado watch is in effect across western Massachusetts Sunday until 8 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.The severe weather alert includes Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden, Berkshire and Worcester counties.In addition, a heat...


Regional Notebook: June 24, 2024
06-22-2024 8:48 PM

Girl Scouts honored WORCESTER — The Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts recognized 63 members of the 2024 Girl Scout Gold Award and Silver Award class who made a sustainable impact addressing causes they care about in the region during an...


Montague Notebook: June 22, 2024
06-21-2024 4:08 PM

June 23: Spiritual roundtable discussion LAKE PLEASANT — A spiritual roundtable discussion titled “The Lightning Bolt Conversion of John Newton” will be the focus of services on Sunday, June 23, from 10:30 to noon at The National Spiritual Alliance, 2...


Franklin County Chamber of Commerce breakfast highlights progress on rural aid
06-21-2024 1:17 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — With a director of rural affairs, rural school aid increases and disaster relief funding for farmers, local senators and representatives say it’s become clear the Legislature and Healey administration are directing more attention to...


Monster truck show to proceed at Franklin County Fairgrounds despite noise complaints
06-20-2024 2:30 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Though community members aired their concerns with safety and noise levels, the Overdrive Monster Truck Show is moving forward at the Franklin County Fairgrounds next weekend, following approval from the Board of License Commissioners on...


Online forum addresses school funding erosion in Franklin County
06-19-2024 5:42 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — The Franklin County Education Funding Committee used its second online forum to explain how the progress of school funding in Massachusetts has eroded over the years, disproportionately affecting lower-income districts, despite the state...


Franklin County Technical School Honor Roll, Second Semester
06-19-2024 11:34 AM

FreshmenHigh Honors: Evan Alden, Kyle Bjorlin, Brayleigh Burgh, Sebastian Carlo, Olivia Cody, Seamus Collins, Nora Cutting, Jillian Deady, Dean Hall, Sandra Johnson, Brenton Russell, Braeden Talbor, Taylor Underwood and Wyatt Whitman.Honors: Caleb...


Franklin Tech hires aviation instructor
06-18-2024 2:01 PM

By ERIN-LEIGH HOFFMAN

TURNERS FALLS — Progress toward the opening of Franklin County Technical School’s aviation program this fall has taken another step forward, with Michael McIntyre, a pilot who serves on the School Committee, being hired as an instructor.McIntyre has...


Celebrating ‘being out and being proud’: Attendees fill Greenfield for Franklin County Pride Parade and Festival
06-16-2024 3:12 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Smiling community members donning rainbow attire lined the sidewalks from Federal Street down Main Street and Miles Street to Energy Park on Saturday afternoon in celebration of the Franklin County Pride Parade and Festival.The level of...


Franklin County’s clerk of courts announces she won’t seek reelection
06-16-2024 2:01 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Franklin County will have a new clerk of courts next year, as the woman finishing her second six-year term in the position has decided not to seek reelection.Susan K. Emond has announced her intention to retire at the end of the year and...


PHOTOS: Walking with purpose
06-14-2024 7:41 PM

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