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With pennies, nickels, quarters, Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund launches 82nd year

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Susan Lavallee’s kindergarten class at the R.K. Finn Ryan Road School has already started raising money for the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund. So far, the class has raised 50 cents. Someone found two quarters on the floor, but no one claimed them, so Lavallee decided it was time to put out the special jar to collect for the 82nd season of the Gazette-sponsored toy fund. Last year, …

Businesses invited to briefings in Hadley, Greenfield on Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A statewide industrial group and local chambers of commerce have scheduled by-invitation-only meetings Tuesday in Hadley and Greenfield to brief businesses about the project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. Associated Industries of Massachusetts is the co-sponsor of the “business community energy briefing” sessions. The meeting in Hadley was organized with the Greater Northampton and Amherst Area chambers of commerce, but Dawn …

Merger planned for veterans service districts in Franklin County

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — With a merger of Franklin County’s two veterans’ service districts nearing, local veterans may soon have an easier time navigating state and federal benefit programs. Tim Niejadlik, the director of the Veterans’ Services Resource and Referral Center in Greenfield, said a board consisting of representatives from each of the county’s towns voted Thursday to dissolve the existing districts and form a …

Opioid Task Force asks local government leaders to focus attention on abuse

Friday, November 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — Small-town governments are another avenue through which the Opioid Task Force is looking to get traction on the heroin and painkiller problem. Opioid Task Force member John Merrigan and coordinator Marisa Hebble Thursday night presented data on the problem and information on efforts underway to members …

Get Growing: Gardening galore in the blogosphere

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Gardeners are usually generous people who are happy to share plants and seeds, garden experience and advice. We all treasure the daylily from mother’s garden or the primrose from our friend Sally’s garden or the strawberry or raspberry …

Hearing for man accused of making threat against Frontier Regional continued to Dec. 1

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — A dangerousness hearing for Nicholas R. Schauer, the 19-year-old Sunderland man who is charged with threatening to “re-enact Columbine” at Frontier Regional School, has been continued to Dec. 1. According to Greenfield District Court, the decision was made to allow Bridgewater State Hospital, where Schauer has …

State advances proposal by Patriot Care Corp. for medical marijuana dispensary in Greenfield

Saturday, November 8, 2014

GREENFIELD — Patriot Care Corp. is approaching its final hurdle before opening the first medical marijuana dispensary in Franklin County. The state Department of Public Health announced Friday that Patriot Care has been approved to advance to the inspection phase. The nonprofit medical marijuana company has proposed opening …

Battle of the burritos: Writer Amanda Drane chows her way through three counties

Friday, November 7, 2014

Allow me to interrupt my grumbling gastrointestinal system to tell you what I learned during my recent burrito crawl — the region has no shortage of big, bruising burritos. And some of them even taste good. Mine was …

Bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A brant and 38 black scoters were on the Ludlow Reservoir. A Lapland longspur was found in Amherst. Seven brant, 59 long-tailed ducks, 91 …

Super heroes

Friday, November 7, 2014

Citing pipeline capacity, natural gas companies poised to turn away new customers in Valley

Monday, November 3, 2014

A natural gas pipeline that feeds much of the Pioneer Valley is nearly at capacity, a development that will force at least one gas company to turn away new customers in its Franklin County territory by the end of this year and extend the moratorium to Hampshire County …

20th annual Franklin County cider fest is under way

Friday, October 31, 2014

Franklin County’s 20th annual CiderDays is under way this weekend with over 20 events, including tours, tastings and talks throughout the county. The event kicked off Friday with a hard cider reception at the Blue Heron restaurant in …

Court denies injunction sought by JM Farm’s Patient Group over medical marijuana licensing

Thursday, October 30, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A state court has denied the request for a preliminary injunction by a locally based nonprofit to halt the state medical marijuana selection process. A Suffolk Superior Court judge denied the motion filed in August against the state Department of Public Health by JM Farm’s …