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Mary Anne Marsh, the political pundit who was raised in Greenfield, predicts a "slugfest through the spring and possibily the early summer" in the presidential campaign.

Political analyst Mary Anne Marsh reflects on ‘craziest’ election after New Hampshire primaries

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Expect a “slugfest through the spring and possibly the early summer.” That’s the word from Mary Anne Marsh, the Greenfield-raised political pundit reporting on “the greatest election of my lifetime, and the craziest I’ve seen,” following Tuesday’s New Hampshire primaries. Marsh, a 1975 Greenfield High School graduate, appears regularly as a Democratic political analyst for Fox News and WBZ NewsRadio 1030 and WCVB-TV Channel 5 in Boston. She also does occasional analysis for Politico, The New York Times and other outlets. Marsh predicted as far back as last August that Donald Trump would be the Republican nominee because he has the advantage of being someone …

Veterans meet with officials from regional health care system at forum in Greenfield

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

GREENFIELD — Local veterans got the chance to sound off before top officials from the Veteran Affairs of Central Western Massachusetts Health Care System during a meeting Tuesday night. The meeting in the Sloan Theater at Greenfield Community College came after a scandal that saw massive backlogs of patients waiting to be seen and rocked the federal military benefits department in 2014. Many …

Walk opposing pipeline, picketing of Berkshire Gas office planned in Greenfield on Presidents Day

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

GREENFIELD — Walkers who oppose the Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct pipeline will walk on Monday, Presidents Day, from Greenfield Community College to the First Congregational Church at 43 Silver St. between 10 a.m. and noon, according to Hattie Nestel of the No NED Pipeline Affinity Group, which is sponsoring the event. The walk’s route will include a stop to picket with others …

Weekend high schools:Niccolo Cardaropoli, Jack Rees net four goals each for Amherst hockey

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Hat tricks weren’t enough for the Amherst High School ice hockey team in an 11-1 win over Turners Falls. Niccolo Cardaropoli and Jack Rees each found the net four times in the Hurricanes’ comfortable road win Saturday. Jake Balderston, Max Hopley and Nathan Masteralexis scored the other Amherst …

Owner of World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield adjusts to slower sales

Sunday, January 31, 2016

GREENFIELD — Eight months after the owner of World Eye Bookshop on Main Street held a week-long campaign to sell $15,000 worth of merchandise to keep her store from going out of business, she says sales are still …

Train derails in Deerfield early Sunday

Sunday, January 31, 2016

DEERFIELD — A train derailed in Deerfield at 4 a.m. on Sunday. No spills, leaks or any hazardous materials were reported. Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) reported the incident to the South Deerfield Police, according to Sgt. Michael …

Jail jobs program teaches pizza-making to Franklin County House of Correction inmates

Sunday, January 31, 2016

GREENFIELD — James “JR” Kelley said he’s always been interested in food, and once he’s released from the Franklin County House of Correction, where he’s been serving time for a little more than a year, he’ll leave with …

State Police nab Erving man in Turners Falls after 120 mph chase up I-91

Sunday, January 31, 2016

TURNERS FALLS — After a high-speed chase from Springfield to Turners Falls, police apprehended a man driving without a valid licence on Sunday morning. Authorities cornered the driver, 20-year-old Anthony Fortunato, of Erving after he dodged motor vehicle …

Area business briefs

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Herrell’s to hold Whole Children fundraiser NORTHAMPTON — Herrell’s Ice Cream will sponsor its second annual “Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day” to benefit Whole Children from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 6. The event will include a …

Congressman James McGovern cites frustration with Republicans over issues including hunger and health care

Saturday, January 23, 2016

GREENFIELD — U.S. Rep. James McGovern, D-Worcester, sounded almost proud last week telling a Franklin County Chamber of Commerce breakfast audience “We actually got some things done” at the end of this year — passing five-year highway transportation …

State Department of Public Utilities schedules hearing in Greenfield on Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s request for access to private properties

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The state Department of Public Utilities has scheduled a March 30 public hearing in Greenfield on the petition by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. that would require landowners to provide access to more than 400 private properties to conduct surveys for its proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project. …

Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan sponsors conference on schools’ role in substance abuse prevention

Friday, January 15, 2016

HADLEY — “You are the front lines in prevention. You can make a difference in kids’ lives.” That’s the charge Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan gave Friday morning to a packed room of school nurses, guidance councilors and other education professionals at the Hadley Farms Meeting House …

Police investigate break-ins in Northampton, Easthampton and Greenfield

Friday, January 15, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Area police departments joined forces Friday in an effort to uncover more information regarding a series of business break-ins that may be related. Northampton Police Capt. John D. Cartledge said police responded to a triggered alarm at Racing Mart, 54 Easthampton Road, about 12:20 a.m. Friday. …