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Greenfield seeks feedback on uses for opioid settlement funds

07-14-2024 10:01 AM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Having already received roughly $400,000 out of its $1.7 million in national opioid settlement funds, the city will soon hold a public hearing so residents can offer suggestions on how the money can best be used to combat the impacts of...


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PHOTO: Exterior enhancement

07-14-2024 10:01 AM


After 10 years, Franklin County Young Professionals rebranding

07-14-2024 8:01 AM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

After 10 years of supporting the region’s workers, Franklin County Young Professionals is looking to rebrand and is seeking feedback from the community on a new name that will more accurately describe the group’s purpose in 2024.“A lot of young...


Pyrtel to lead Orange Economic Development and Industrial Corp.

07-13-2024 9:16 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ORANGE — Mikael Pyrtel, former economic development director for the town of Orange, has joined the Orange Economic Development and Industrial Corp. (OEDIC) as executive director.According to a July 8 announcement, Pyrtel has been in the executive...


State House clears bill to ban video while driving

07-13-2024 9:14 PM

By ALISON KUZNITZ

BOSTON — Massachusetts drivers could be banned from FaceTiming their friends and livestreaming onto social media platforms while they’re on the road under legislation the House quietly passed last week.Lawmakers approved a distracting driving bill (H...


Sunderland receives $195K grant to study, design multi-use trail from Whately to Amherst

07-13-2024 9:13 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — With a $195,090 MassTrails grant, visions of people walking and biking on the Norwottuck North Shared-Use Path from Whately to Amherst are one step closer to becoming a reality.Alongside a $76,840 match from Sunderland, which is the lead...


New website serves as forest stewardship resource

07-13-2024 9:11 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

ROWE — A new website geared toward those looking to get involved with forest stewardship was recently unveiled during the annual meeting of the Woodlands Partnership of Northwest Massachusetts.Woodlands Partnership members saw a need for interested...


Montague Police Logs: July 1 to July 7, 2024

07-13-2024 9:09 PM

Monday, July 19:32 a.m. — Reporting party requesting police assistance with a female tenant at Keith Apartments on Canal Street who is refusing to let the property management company mow the lawn. Situation mediated, peace restored.12:31 p.m. —...


Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School Honor Roll, Fourth Quarter

07-13-2024 9:07 PM

Sixth Grade First Honors: Abigail Billings, Lucas Billings, Jonathan Bones, Lylah Brocklesby, Lydia Cadran, Andrew Eichorn, Audrina Gexler, Jazelle Gonzalez, Lailah Jenks, Benjamin Johnson, Page Katsoulis, Eva Lareau, Silas Lively, Nethanel Martin,...


Donald Trump whisked off stage in Pennsylvania after apparent gunshots rang through the crowd

07-13-2024 6:51 PM

By JILL COLVIN and JULIE CARR SMYTH

BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — Donald Trump was whisked off the stage at a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania after apparent gunshots rang through the crowd.Trump was showing off a chart of border crossing numbers when bangs started ringing through the crowd. Trump...


Opening doors for immigrants: UMass Dining’s Pam Adams finds work for Haitian community

07-12-2024 7:34 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

AMHERST — On the 10th floor of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Campus Center, Samuel Noel, a welder by trade, works as a dishwasher — his first job in the United States.Noel, a Haitian immigrant who moved to Greenfield’s Days Inn shelter on...


Town officials want ‘junk car’ removal sped up near river in Charlemont

07-12-2024 7:11 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

CHARLEMONT — After a yearslong effort mandating that Stagecoach Auto Repair remove the more than 200 unregistered “junk cars” it has stored along its 80-acre site on Route 8A, the Conservation Commission voted unanimously to draft a letter to owner...


Frontier Regional School Honor Roll, Fourth Quarter

07-12-2024 6:07 PM

Seventh Grade Maximum Honors: Jimin Ahn, Mara Allium, Eli Bauer-Clapp, Lillian Berthiaume, Micky Brownlow, Cassidy Casey, Brooke Charest, Wes Chilton, Bailey Cusson, Chloe Cusson, Esther Ehle, Wesley Evans, Trinity Fellows, Benjamin Gates, Aaliya...


Greenfield Notebook: July 13, 2024

07-12-2024 5:54 PM

The Reptile Nook visiting library GREENFIELD — Agawam-based outreach program The Reptile Nook is bringing reptiles to the Greenfield Public Library on Wednesday, July 24, at 6 p.m.The program is open to families with children ages 3 to 12. Attendees...


‘Summer Day on the Buckland Common’ back for eighth year

07-12-2024 4:53 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

BUCKLAND — For the eighth year, several Buckland organizations are joining forces to put on the “Summer Day on the Buckland Common” event.The free event will be held on Saturday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Buckland Common is located at 17...


PHOTOS: A van-tastic event

07-12-2024 4:25 PM


As wastewater treatment plant nears finish line, damaged pipe crimps celebration

07-12-2024 4:22 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — While the near-completion of the South Deerfield Wastewater Treatment Plant is welcome news for residents, the reveal of a damaged effluent pipe to the Connecticut River is likely less so.As the yearslong project approaches the...


Beacon Hill Roll Call: July 1 to July 5, 2024

07-12-2024 4:20 PM

By BOB KATZEN

Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ and senators’ votes on recent roll calls from the week of June 24 to June 28. There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week.Clean fuel standards (S 2829) The Senate, 1-39, rejected an...


Ashfield voters to consider 911 infrastructure, tennis court rehab spending requests

07-12-2024 3:40 PM

By ERIN-LEIGH HOFFMAN

ASHFIELD — Voters are asked to convene at Town Hall on Monday at 7 p.m. to consider three Special Town Meeting warrant articles pertaining to 911 infrastructure at the schools and a tennis court rehabilitation project.Articles 2 and 3 ask for $6,812...


Longtime Quabbin Mediation leaders honored upon retirement

07-12-2024 2:31 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

ORANGE — The North Quabbin community gave thanks to two longtime Quabbin Mediation leaders this week as they begin their retirements following decades of work in conflict resolution, mediation and active bystander training. Executive Director Sharon...



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