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Seven families displaced from apartment house in Montague Center by fire early on Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 26, 2015

MONTAGUE CENTER — A fire heavily damaged an apartment house before dawn Thursday on Dry Hill Road in Montague, displacing seven families before their Thanksgiving holiday could begin. No injuries were reported. The apartment house at 9 Dry Hill Road was badly damaged by 4:20 a.m. Route 63 at Dry Hill was closed while about 70 firefighters from 17 departments …

Frontier Regional plows Mohawk, 46-6, in pre-Thanksgiving tilt

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional football team made sure to soak in the final accomplishment of an outstanding season. Following the Red Hawks’ 46-6 thrashing of rival Mohawk Regional Wednesday night, the players took turns passing around the trophy and posing for pictures. Frontier (9-2) capped the program’s best season since reaching …

Deerfield man faces drug, gun charges after search of storage unit in Greenfield yields weapons, prescription pills

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Deerfield man was arraigned on drug and gun charges in Greenfield District Court on Wednesday after state police say they found stolen guns and prescription pills in a storage unit he rented in Greenfield. Jerry L. Jones, 71, of 642 Greenfield Road, Deerfield, was charged with five counts of receiving stolen property, five counts of possession of a firearm without …

Lawyer John Stobierski has unique perspective on child sexual abuse by Catholic priests portrayed in ‘Spotlight’

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — If anyone has no need to see “Spotlight” — a movie about the Boston Globe’s 2002 investigation of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests — it’s probably John Stobierski, a Greenfield lawyer who has more or …

Northampton native Hunter Newman signs letter of intent to men’s lacrosse at Bucknell

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hunter Newman went from a potential Division III recruit to Division I prospect seemly overnight. The Northampton native and Suffield Academy senior signed his National Letter of Intent earlier this month to play men’s lacrosse at Division I …

Motorists from Vermont and Goshen arrested by Deerfield Police within an hour of each other for drunken driving

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

DEERFIELD — Two men, including one from Goshen, were arrested for drunken driving within an hour of each other on Routes 5 and 10 in Greenfield on Saturday night and Sunday morning, according to Deerfield police. Russel Cranshaw, 60, of Brattleboro, Vermont, was arrested and charged with operating …

Northampton’s Liam Sullivan places third at state Division 1 cross country championship

Saturday, November 21, 2015

WESTFIELD — Liam Sullivan gave everything he had, and then some. Yet it was a bittersweet day for the Northampton cross country standout. Sullivan fell a bit shy of his goal of becoming the first western Massachusetts runner since 2001 to win the state Division 1 cross country …

Northampton places seventh, Sophia Jacobs-Townsley 10th, Taylor Blow 11th at state cross country meet

Saturday, November 21, 2015

WESTFIELD — A top-10 finish in the state girls Division 1 cross country championship enabled Northampton to leave Stanley Park with a sense of accomplishment. The Blue Devils placed seventh overall, following up on PVIAC and Western Massachusetts team titles over the last month. A strong pack gave …

Frontier volleyball claims 6th straight state title by sweeping Lynnfield

Saturday, November 21, 2015

FITCHBURGH — Emily Woodward knew exactly who to set to clinch a state title for the Frontier Regional volleyball team. The Red Hawks’ senior setter passed it left to Rachel Cialek, who buried her 19th kill of the …

Coalitions in Massachusetts and New Hampshire call for joint federal review of all pipeline proposals in region

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Three municipal coalitions in Massachusetts and New Hampshire have called for a consolidated federal review of all pipeline proposals in the region. A letter sent Friday to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from the coalitions representing 38 communities follows release last week of a study commissioned by Massachusetts …

Deerfield sets new tax rate of $15.25 per $1,000 of assessed value

Saturday, November 21, 2015

DEERFIELD — The town’s tax rate will be $15.25 per $1,000 of assessed value. That’s about 2 percent over the current rate of $14.94, and lower than the roughly 8 percent increase last year. The new rate translates into about a $62 annual increase for a house valued …

Town boards approve plan for solar farm near East Deerfield Quarry

Saturday, November 21, 2015

DEERFIELD — With the blessing of both the Planning Board and the Conservation Commission, a six-megawatt solar farm proposed for a property near the East Deerfield Quarry will move ahead. The Planning Board on Monday and the Conservation Commission on Thursday approved a site plan for the facility, …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline formally files application for Northeast Energy Direct project

Friday, November 20, 2015

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. filed its application Friday with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a 420-mile Northeast Energy Direct project to pass through eight Franklin County towns as well as Plainfield in Hampshire County. The controversial project, described by the company as costing about $5 billion, would …