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CAROL LOLLIS
Lance Glynn, an employee of Cosco fencing out of Rhode Island, works on the fence off Bradford street in Northampton.

Pedestrian, driver safety a concern with 500-ton trains barreling through

Sunday, December 21, 2014

When she looks out the back window of her Greenfield home, it’s common for Heidi Garfinkel to see people crossing the railroad tracks that run behind her property. With the return of the Amtrak Vermonter just a week away, the Chapman Street resident said she fears for the safety of those who won’t be used to looking out for the …

Commuter rail options next step in improved rail service along ‘Knowledge Corridor’

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Now that the decades-long dream of a high-speed train zooming along the Connecticut River is a lock, the region’s leaders expect to turn their attention to the next significant game-changer — a commuter rail system shuttling passengers up and down the Valley many times a day. From the Valley’s northern reaches …

Gov. Deval Patrick to lead inaugural ride on Vermonter through ‘Knowledge Corridor’

Friday, December 19, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick is scheduled to lead an inaugural ride on the Amtrak Vermonter service along the “Knowledge Corridor” on Monday afternoon. Later that night, the Ward 3 Neighborhood Association in Northampton will hold a forum to discuss the project and hear a safety presentation from an Amtrak officer. That event is scheduled for the Bridge Street School cafeteria at 7 p.m. The …

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 …

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 …