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Workshop Tuesday in Greenfield on federal review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Saturday, May 23, 2015

To help communities in the region plan for the formal federal review process of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, will hold a workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the dining commons at Greenfield Community College. The meeting, funded as part of a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, is intended …

Elmer’s Store owner Nan Parati of Ashfield wins Franklin County entrepreneurship award

Friday, May 22, 2015

ASHFIELD — Nan Parati never expected to buy Elmer’s Store when she first came to town for a visit in 2005 from New Orleans — where she also never expected to live for more than 25 years after visiting immediately after college. And she certainly never expected to be presented the annual Haas …

Couple found dead in Greenfield identified as Dennis and Margaret Pekkala

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Northwestern district attorney’s office has identified the couple found dead Wednesday in their 21 Prospect St. apartment as Dennis Pekkala, 54, and Margaret Pekkala, 53. Investigators released no further details Thursday about the circumstances of their deaths. Greenfield police found the two dead in their bedroom after a roommate discovered them unresponsive early Wednesday morning. Greenfield Police Chief Robert Haigh …

Establishing trust funds one strategy for communities facing millions in unfunded liabilities for retirees’ benefits

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Predictions that unfunded health care expenses for municipal employees when they retire will total in the millions of dollars have prompted some communities to establish trust funds to begin setting aside money toward those costs. But the amounts …

Greenfield Community College eyes Amherst Regional Middle School for courses, programs

Thursday, May 21, 2015

AMHERST — School officials, local politicians and the leadership at Greenfield Community College are all eager to hold community college classes at the Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School as part of a proposal that would move middle school classes …

DPU schedules June 11 hearing on agreement between Berkshire Gas, Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Department of Public Utilities has scheduled a hearing next month in Greenfield on a proposed agreement between Berkshire Gas Co. and the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. The hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 11 at Greenfield Middle School, 195 Federal St., according to a statement issued …

Area business briefs

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Spa holds opening celebration in Florence FLORENCE — Simply Serenity @ Franki’s, a spa and salon at 40 Main St., will hold a grand opening celebration at 1 p.m. May 23, with refreshments and face-painting and balloons for …

Traprock recognizes community service by youths with Peacemaker Awards

Friday, May 15, 2015

GREENFIELD — Traprock Center for Peace and Justice Director Sarah Pirtle said the Peacemaker Awards recognize not only the students, but also the families, teachers and mentors who help and inspire them to do good things. “We look …

Aaron Stark of Deerfield sentenced to jail for vehicular homicide in 2013 that killed Montague woman

Thursday, May 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — Guilty of vehicular homicide that claimed the life of an 83-year-old motorist, Aaron Stark was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs Tuesday after Judge Edward McDonough sentenced the young Deerfield man to 2½ years in the Franklin County House of Correction, one year to be …

Co-op Power Energy Cooperative needs to raise final $850,000 to complete biodiesel factory in Greenfield

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The member-owned co-op that is trying to build a $4.2 million biodiesel factory in the Greenfield Industrial Park is racing toward a June 1 deadline on construction bids to raise what it says is the final $850,000 for the project that has been in the works for more …

State Rep. Ellen Story chief House sponsor of Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Friday, May 8, 2015

Proponents of a bill now making its way through the Legislature aim to strengthen the rights of pregnant workers. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would require employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers. Proponents say existing protections …

Music community mourns loss of Alchemystics drummer Todd “Demse” Zullo and roadie Brian “Budzy” White

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

On Sunday, a car accident in Westfield that killed Brian “Budzy” White, a close friend and roadie of the band the Alchemystics, sent shock waves through the local reggae and hip-hop community. The accident also critically injured the …

Greenfield Community College aims for inclusion with deaf students in Outdoor Leadership Program

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — Sliding down an anchored rope, Lauren Sprague of Grafton rappelled down a tall tree behind Greenfield Community College to Peter Botsford, who was hung up, swinging in the air. In moments, Sprague attached Botsford to her …