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Montague seeks feedback for ‘Five Villages’ plan through workshops
05-28-2024 11:37 AM

MONTAGUE — The town is wrapping up a multi-year effort to create a comprehensive plan, “Five Villages: One Future,” and will be holding two open houses to review the draft plan and its recommendations.The Montague Comprehensive Plan, last produced in...

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Former International Paper Mill in Erving sees no offers as deadline looms
02-23-2024 3:46 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

ERVING — The former International Paper Mill’s third attempt to find a developer is nearing its deadline, and there’s yet to be interest, while demolition remains “on the table,” according to Town Planner Mariah KurtzThe $1.49 million property at 8...


Sunderland eyes site for senior center on Plumtree Road 
01-28-2024 9:40 AM

By BELLA LEVAVI

SUNDERLAND – Local residents on Saturday had the opportunity to tour the former Sinauer Associates/Oxford University Press building, which Sunderland is considering as the potential future site for the South County Senior Center. The...


Jasper Lapienski resigns from Greenfield City Council  
12-18-2023 3:58 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — After two years of representing Precinct 7, Jasper Lapienski has submitted his resignation from City Council, effective Jan. 1, 2024.“I plan to focus my time and energy on my work with the Jewish community, where I believe that it will be...


Conway continues flood-mitigation work 
11-27-2023 12:39 PM

By CHRIS LARABEEStaff WriterCONWAY — With two events wrapped up in the last month, Conway’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) grant project will move to the visioning stage as the town looks for flood-mitigation strategies in the village...


Leverett wrestles with future of Rattlesnake Gutter Road
10-30-2023 11:23 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

LEVERETT — During the pandemic, numerous cars parked daily along Rattlesnake Gutter Road up to the gates that have for more than 20 years kept a more than mile-long section of the narrow gravel road closed to through traffic, indicating that people...


Deerfield voters approve borrowing $5M for road repairs at Town Meeting 
10-24-2023 12:20 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD – With no discussion on the article, voters at Monday’s special Town Meeting granted Deerfield borrowing authority for up to $5 million, if needed, to pay off existing and potential future road repairs following severe summer storms.In...


Conway Selectboard OK’s new site for pickleball courts
10-24-2023 10:41 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CONWAY — After facing some resident opposition to building pickleball courts on the South River Meadow, the Parks and Recreation Committee is exploring a lot behind the Conway Grammar School.The committee is exploring Lot 8.3 behind the elementary...


Northfield Selectboard Briefs: Aug. 22, 2023
08-26-2023 3:14 PM

By AALIANNA MARIETTA

Gulf Road to be closed TuesdaySelectboard members voted during their Aug. 22 meeting to notify Northfield residents that Gulf Road will be closed Tuesday, Aug. 29, through the CodeRED mobile alert system. According to Highway Superintendent Thomas...


Bernardston Senior Center expands services with $25K grant 
08-23-2023 11:13 AM

BY AALIANNA MARIETTA

BERNARDSTON — The Bernardston Senior Center will soon extend a helping hand to seniors in neighboring towns thanks to a $25,000 Service Incentive Grant from the Massachusetts Councils on Aging and state Executive Office of Elder Affairs. The grant...


My Turn: Town manager — ‘No’ vote won’t make firefighter need go away
08-04-2023 11:21 AM

By SHAUN A. SUHOSKI

Dear Athol residents: On Monday, less than 10% of Athol’s registered voters turned out to vote in a special election that sought approval of a Proposition 2½ override to increase staffing in the Athol Fire Department by two additional firefighter/EMTs...


Board deems dog dangerous in Whately
06-30-2023 7:34 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — After hearing more than an hour of testimony from numerous residents, the Selectboard deemed a dog dangerous and ordered it be confined to its owner’s property.With reports from several people around town, Police Chief James Sevigne Jr. and...


Contests shaping up for city election in Greenfield 
06-18-2023 3:05 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — With candidates emerging for some of the higher profile elected positions in the city, including for mayor, City Council and School Committee, a handful of seats have yet to garner interest for the November election.“I’m pleased to see we...


CPA projects advance to Greenfield City Council
05-19-2023 10:47 AM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — All 10 of the projects recommended for Community Preservation Act funding will continue on to City Council on Wednesday for a final stamp of approval. The Ways & Means Committee voted unanimously on Tuesday to support the projects earlier...


LaPierre defeats Yacovone-Biagi for Shelburne Selectboard seat
05-17-2023 1:47 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

SHELBURNE — After counting the ballots three times late into Tuesday night, Richard “Rick” LaPierre was elected to be the new member of the Selectboard, winning by a narrow margin.LaPierre defeated Tricia Yacovone-Biagi by six votes, getting 139...


An end to the hole saga? Plans for Wilson’s site will finally fill empty foundation downtown 
05-15-2023 3:12 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — More than 20 years ago, local and state officials gathered on Chapman Street for a groundbreaking that one former lawmaker hailed as a “milestone in the community.” Less than three years later, money for the project — Greenfield Community...


Route 2 businesses under permit scrutiny in Shelburne 
05-12-2023 12:28 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

SHELBURNE — Citing traffic safety concerns on Route 2, the Zoning Board of Appeals has started to strictly enforce the town’s bylaw that limit one use per lot in the commercial district.“There are significant issues on Route 2. We need to make sure...


Public Safety Complex addition heading to Conway Town Meeting
05-12-2023 9:59 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CONWAY — With voters being asked to consider an addition to the Public Safety Complex at annual Town Meeting, the Public Buildings Committee gave its first of two presentations at Monday’s Selectboard meeting.The addition would include individual...


Solutions eyed for troubled Colrain Sewer District
05-11-2023 7:28 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

COLRAIN — After months of scrambling to identify funding and engineering services, the Colrain Sewer District has received an earmark in the state budget from state Sen. Paul Mark, D-Becket, and assistance from the engineering firm RCAP...


My Turn: We need to budget on basis of real priorities
05-03-2023 7:47 PM

By MARIANNE BULLOCK

The mayor is right, a tight budget does require tough calls, and I believe that is what she did — make hard decisions before the budget got to the City Council. And now, the council is doing the hard work to readjust those tough calls, to hopefully...


High-speed internet access expands in Bernardston, Northfield under new cable deal 
01-16-2023 11:49 AM

By BELLA LEVAVI

Almost all of the houses in Northfield and Bernardston not previously covered by Comcast are gaining coverage under a new, 10-year licensing agreement about to be signed by all parties. “When they came through western Mass. to bring towns up to snuff...

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