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Former Greenfield police chief warned of legal action over raise

02-26-2024 6:05 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — Prior to his sudden retirement this month, former Police Chief Robert Haigh Jr. demanded Mayor Ginny Desorgher fund a pay increase he negotiated prior to November’s city election or he would take potential legal action, according to...


Connectivity woes bedevil The Weldon in Greenfield

02-26-2024 2:51 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD – As the city and the Franklin Regional Council of Governments work toward a digital equity plan, a focus group at the Weldon House identified connectivity challenges in the former hotel on High Street as their biggest challenge.In...


Suspect arraigned in police cruiser crash in Sunderland

02-26-2024 1:04 PM

By MAX BOWEN

GREENFIELD — A Ware man was arraigned on a dozen charges after the vehicle he was driving in allegedly struck both a Deerfield and Massachusetts State Police cruiser in Sunderland on Feb. 18.Latif Owens, 27, has been charged with negligent operation...


Twelve Community Preservation Act projects aired in Greenfield

02-26-2024 12:32 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — With about a month before the Community Preservation Committee votes on funding recommendations, the public got a chance Thursday evening to voice its support for various projects, including a Habitat for Humanity home, downtown housing...


Time crunch delays revisions to Pioneer Valley Regional School District agreement

02-26-2024 11:05 AM

By BELLA LEVAVI

NORTHFIELD — School officials put a pause on revisions to a new regional agreement for the Pioneer Valley Regional School District after Selectboards in all three district towns voiced concerns about the timeline for the rollout.“There does not seem...


Dial ‘A’ for anachronism: Landlines languishing in US

02-26-2024 7:01 AM

By DEEPTI HAJELA

NEW YORK — When her cellphone’s service went down last week because of an AT&T network outage, Bernice Hudson didn’t panic. She just called the people she wanted to talk to the old-fashioned way — on her landline telephone, the kind she grew up with...


Leverett, Shutesbury, Westhampton join digital equity program to expand internet to all residents

02-25-2024 6:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

All Leverett and Shutesbury residents have access to high-speed Internet connections, following the municipal build-out of broadband over the last decade or so, but a small portion of households continue to opt against becoming subscribers.In...


Greenfield receives $199K grant for Beacon Street upgrades

02-25-2024 2:37 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — Beacon Street is in line for sidewalk and accessibility upgrades this summer with the help of a $199,000 state grant.The city received the grant from the Massachusetts Office on Disability’s Municipal Americans with Disabilities Act...


Nolumbeka Project’s social dance event celebrates Indigenous culture and history

02-25-2024 2:35 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

GREENFIELD — Indigenous culture and history was on display Saturday as more than 100 people danced together at the Nolumbeka Project’s annual Eastern Woodlands Social Dance at Greenfield Community College.The third annual event, timed to celebrate...


Trump defeats Haley in South Carolina primary, extending sweep of early states

02-25-2024 12:04 AM

By Josh Dawsey, Dylan Wells, Isaac Arnsdorf

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Donald Trump extended his sweep of the early contests with a victory in South Carolina, defeating the state’s former two-term governor, Nikki Haley, as he marches to the Republican nomination.The Associated Press projected Trump the...


FAFSA fiasco: Financial aid form meltdown trips up students, colleges

02-24-2024 10:53 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — A continued challenge for some prospective students and their families in accessing federal financial aid applications, and a corresponding delay in relaying the information from these forms to colleges and universities, is raising...


Hawlemont Regional School District budget stands firm

02-24-2024 10:38 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

CHARLEMONT — The Hawlemont Regional School District's budget for the next fiscal year, amounting to approximately $1.6 million, will be presented at a public hearing on Thursday at the Hawlemont Gymnasium, starting at 5:15 p.m.The budget reflects a...


Montague Police Logs: Feb. 12 to Feb. 19, 2024

02-24-2024 10:36 PM

Monday, Feb. 1211:44 a.m. – Caller from Union Street states her dog was attacked by another dog that was not on a leash. Animal control officer made contact with the dog owner and he was cooperative. He was advised of laws and the complaint. Reporting...


Head Start might have leg up as Massachusetts budget priority

02-23-2024 3:52 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Although they would not explicitly commit to fulfilling a funding request for Head Start, two of the most powerful players at the State House indicated Wednesday that funding the early education program is at the top of their priority list in...


Former International Paper Mill in Erving sees no offers as deadline looms

02-23-2024 3:46 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

ERVING — The former International Paper Mill’s third attempt to find a developer is nearing its deadline, and there’s yet to be interest, while demolition remains “on the table,” according to Town Planner Mariah KurtzThe $1.49 million property at 8...


Greenfield City Council OK’s $2M grant to transition city’s recycling program

02-23-2024 3:40 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — With the City Council’s approval, the city took its final step Wednesday toward executing its $2 million Environmental Protection Agency grant that will fund the city’s transition to an automated single-stream recycling program.Despite...


Can you get there from here? Online tool tracks how to reach food pantries and stores without a car — or not

02-23-2024 2:12 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — Food and other necessities can be found at the Goshen General Store on Route 9. For low-income individuals in Goshen and surrounding communities, the Hilltown Food Pantry, at the nearby Town Office Building, distributes food every...


Hawlemont Regional School, timber farmers to launch wood bank

02-23-2024 1:43 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

CHARLEMONT — Hawlemont Regional School has partnered with Jay Healy of Hall Tavern Farm to establish a wood bank at the elementary school, providing free wood to the broader community."I think this will be a great partnership given what the school...


Dog of the Week: Lacey

02-23-2024 1:16 PM



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