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Nicholas Schauer of Sunderland expected to plead guilty of threatening mass shooting at Frontier Regional

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

GREENFIELD — Nicholas R. Schauer, the Sunderland man who threatened to carry out a mass shooting at Frontier Regional School last fall, during a court appearance later this month is expected to plead guilty to charges of threatening to commit a mass shooting, six counts of threatening to commit murder and disturbing a school assembly. Schauer, who originally pleaded innocent to the charges during his arraignment last year, was expected …

Crash between tractor-trailer truck and SUV closes Route 2

Sunday, October 11, 2015

GREENFIELD — Route 2 in Greenfield was shut down past the intersection with Home Depot for 10-plus hours Sunday following an accident involving a tractor-trailer truck and a car. The crash happened around 10:45 a.m. just past Longview Tower. Greenfield Police Lt. Todd Dodge said a silver SUV was traveling west from Greenfield …

Regional officials stress collaboration to state Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash

Saturday, October 10, 2015

A 25-member panel of community leaders told the state’s top economic development official last week that collaboration is the single greatest strength of Franklin County, and asked for his agencies to join the collaboration to address the region’s weaknesses. Among the weaknesses identified during a 90-minute meeting Friday convened by state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, is the lack of Internet access in …

Opponents seek delay in federal review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, July 10, 2015

The Pipeline Awareness Network for the Northeast (PLAN) has joined two other coalitions in asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a delay in the “scoping” process for environmental review of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Northeast Energy Direct project to allow time for analyzing project revisions. The company …

Union workers at Clinical & Support Options plan strike; CEO says agency has 'contingency plans' to stay open

Thursday, July 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The union representing the majority of workers at Clinical & Support Options said employees will strike starting July 22 if the so-far futile contract negotiations with management do not turn around. Chief Executive Officer Karin Jeffers said while she was disappointed to receive the union’s “strike …

Sunderland fire displaces 30 tenants at Cliffside Apartments; no injuries reported

Thursday, July 9, 2015

SUNDERLAND — A Wednesday evening fire at Cliffside Apartments at 248 Amherst Road displaced about 30 residents, a tenant estimated. No injuries were reported. The fire started in an oven on the second floor of Building I, according …

Valley Venture Mentors, Franklin County Community Development Corp. help propel entrepreneurs

Thursday, July 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — Jane Janovsky of South Hadley likes to jam. To make it, that is — the type you spread on your morning toast. A jamming hobbyist for years, Janovsky found two years ago that the spreads she …

Federal regulators plan July 29 meeting in Greenfield on Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Federal regulators have issued formal notice for the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. Northeast Energy Direct project, scheduling a July 29 public meeting in Greenfield. The notice starts the clock for the 60-day process to decide the scope of issues considered in a environmental impact statement on the project, …

James Ainsworth pleads guilty in crash that killed Edward and Brittany McGrath; sentencing continued to August

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Family members and loved ones of Brittany and Edward McGrath sobbed in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday as they described the “brilliant” father and daughter, and how they cannot keep from imagining the pair’s final moments …

The late Arthur Neipp, who worked as painter and color consultant at Smith College, leaves $115,000 to Greenfield Community College

Friday, June 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The late Arthur E. Neipp, although never able to attend college, ensured that his three children and seven grandchildren were able to do so. And now, with a $115,000 bequest to the GCC Foundation he has …

Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program awards certificates to 29 graduates

Friday, June 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The 29 members of the Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program class of 2015 graduated Friday afternoon. The ceremony was held on the main campus for the 23rd graduating class of the 10-month program, which prepares students to become licensed practical nurses. Graduates are now eligible …

Holyoke-based union representing laborers cites impact of job creation by proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. could represent pay dirt for unionized construction workers around western Massachusetts, say two representatives for the Holyoke-based union local representing laborers. Even though the estimated 3,000 …

On the road with a funeral home inspector

Saturday, June 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — Alan Van Tassel knocks on the door of the McCarthy Funeral Home in Greenfield to inspect one of the town’s four funeral homes one sunny morning in May. Owner John Davis answers and is surprised to …