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Gov. Deval Patrick takes train to region, announces state to spend $17 million on track for passenger service

Thursday, August 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Gov. Deval Patrick rolled into Greenfield aboard a passenger train Wednesday to announce the state is spending $17 million to advance the Amtrak Vermonter passenger service, scheduled to begin Dec. 29. That money will buy 49 miles of track between the Connecticut and Vermont borders, once again carrying passenger trains through Greenfield, which was once a hub of freight and passenger train service. “Every place a train has … 0

Grand juries indict 38 people allegedly involved in large-scale auto insurance fraud ring; nine to be arraigned Friday in Greenfield

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Nine people allegedly involved in a scheme to defraud auto insurance companies of hundreds of thousands of dollars are scheduled to be arraigned Friday afternoon in Franklin Superior Court. According to a statement from the Northwestern District Attorney’s office, there are a total of 289 indictments on charges including insurance fraud, … 0

UMass to continue campus ban on all uses of marijuana; Greenfield Community College studies issue

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The University of Massachusetts Amherst will continue to ban all marijuana use, medical or otherwise, on university property under the Code of Student Conduct, despite the state’s legalization of the drug for medicinal purposes. Many colleges and universities will continue to ban all uses of marijuana because federal law still classifies it as … 0

State budget includes money for detox facilities in Franklin County, North Quabbin area

Friday, July 4, 2014

Both Franklin County and the North Quabbin area will have money for new detox facilities to combat drug addiction, once the latest state budget is signed into law. In the North Quabbin region, $1 million in the public health service budget is designated for a new mental health, … 0

Journey to become latest US citizens ends with July 4 naturalization ceremony in Northampton

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Guihua “Nancy” Song traveled to New York City in February 2007 from China, leaving behind her family, in pursuit of America’s many freedoms and way of life. “The United States is a very nice country,” Song said. “In China, there are a lot of people and it’s very … 0

Greenfield Community College receives additional $300,000 from state

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College is re-evaluating whether to increase fees in the fall after learning it will receive an additional $300,000 from the state this year. President Robert Pura said Wednesday that the state announced it would provide another $13 million to community colleges throughout the state … 0

Mitchell Mroz Jr. of Greenfield injured in rollover accident on Interstate 91 northbound in Northampton

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Greenfield man was taken to Baystate Franklin Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries after his car rolled over on Interstate 91 northbound in Northampton at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday. State Trooper Nicole Morrell said police have … 0

Severe weather knocks out power, prompts flash flood warning

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Severe weather including heavy rain, lightning and wind moved through the Pioneer Valley late Wednesday afternoon, knocking out power for thousands of customers, bringing down tree limbs, and prompting the National Weather Service to issue a severe thunderstorm … 0

Body recovered from Connecticut River in Sunderland ID'd as missing woman, Rebecca Streeter of Greenfield

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

SUNDERLAND — The body recovered from the Connecticut River in Sunderland last week has been identified as a missing Greenfield woman. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirmed that the body recovered June 25 was that of … 0

Watershed council helps keep Connecticut River healthy

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Once one of the more polluted waterways in the nation, the Connecticut River has come a long way from its tainted past when few people were on it to boat, much less swim or fish. “Just 40 or … 0

Jordana Harper-Ewert of Amherst takes over as Greenfield school superintendent

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — After weeks of meeting with community members and getting to know Greenfield better, Jordana Harper-Ewert took over Tuesday as the leader of the School Department. The Amherst resident has spent the past few weeks touring Greenfield’s country roads, meeting with community leaders, working with the School … 0

Review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline project rescheduled to July 24 at Greenfield Community College

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Franklin Regional Planning Board have rescheduled to July 24 their first-ever joint meeting to review the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project. The boards’ original May 15 meeting on what Tennessee Gas Pipeline now calls its Northeast Energy Direct project was … 0

Baystate Franklin Medical Center President Chuck Gijanto departs, leaving legacy as compassionate leader

Thursday, June 26, 2014

GREENFIELD — Chuck Gijanto was not looking for a new job in December 2007, but an email about an open position caught his eye. A rural community hospital in western Massachusetts, part of a larger health system, was … 0