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Coast Guard partnering with local organizations for watercraft inspections for Safe Boating Week
05-20-2024 6:16 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — As people load up their kayaks, canoes and boats ahead of Memorial Day weekend, local recreation company Adventure East and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary are advising folks to keep safety in mind during National Safe Boating Week.In...

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DCR highlights $1.5M in Mohawk Trail State Forest Campground upgrades
05-17-2024 4:36 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CHARLEMONT — Following $1.5 million in investments to the Mohawk Trail State Forest Campground, the Department of Conservation and Recreation kicked off the 2024 camping season on Friday and welcomed folks back to the campground that had been closed...


Charlemont planners approve special permit for Hinata Mountainside Resort
05-17-2024 2:03 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CHARLEMONT — The town’s newest attraction could begin welcoming people as soon as May 2025 after the Planning Board granted a special permit to Hinata Mountainside Resort off of Warfield Road.With drafted conditions laid out at the previous week’s...


Regional listening session to inform development of statewide housing plan
05-16-2024 6:52 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — Availability, affordability and accessibility of housing was the focus of the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities’ regional listening session on Thursday, which will help inform the development of a statewide housing...


September half-marathon to be Tree House Brewing Co.’s first 5,000-capacity event
05-16-2024 3:08 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — With the company’s emergency action plan nearly finalized and approval from the Deerfield Selectboard, Tree House Brewing Co.’s September half-marathon will serve as the popular brewery’s first 5,000-capacity event.The town had...


Deerfield Planning Board OKs Hamshaw Lumber expansion
05-16-2024 11:58 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — An extensive addition to Hamshaw Lumber’s South Deerfield location can move forward following the Planning Board’s site plan review and stormwater permit approval this week.The New England hardware store is seeking to construct a new...


Experts advise bird rescue best left to professional, permitted wildlife rehabilitators
05-15-2024 4:58 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CONWAY — As spring continues to bloom and birds migrate back toward the region, folks should remember to leave bird rehabilitation and rescues to professional, permitted wildlife rehabilitators.Local experts and the state Division of Fisheries and...


Unexpected twists await audience of Frontier’s ‘Reckless’
05-15-2024 3:27 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — With a fast-paced dark comedy and a twisting narrative, Frontier Regional School’s theater program will conclude its school year with performances of “Reckless” this weekend.Beginning in Connecticut and then traveling to Springfields...


Gill election to decide change to appointed positions, Sewer Commission expansion
05-15-2024 9:54 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GILL — While every race is uncontested in Monday’s town election, voters will be asked to consider three ballot questions related to changing the treasurer and tax collector positions to appointed roles and expanding the Sewer Commission by two...


Bike Month event in Greenfield looks at favorite cycling spots, room for improvement
05-14-2024 4:15 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — In celebration of Bay State Bike Month and in anticipation of a new Franklin County Regional Bike Plan, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) welcomed cyclists to the John W. Olver Transit Center on Tuesday.With...


Cell tower bylaw revisions headed to Charlemont Town Meeting
05-13-2024 12:22 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CHARLEMONT — Along with the budget and other annual articles set to come before voters at Charlemont’s May 28 Town Meeting, residents will also be asked to consider some minor revisions to the town’s cell tower bylaws.The Planning Board held a brief...


Deerfield’s Tilton Library expansion ‘takes a village’
05-10-2024 6:17 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — With tosses of dirt, dozens of residents, town officials and legislators celebrated the start of Tilton Library’s expansion Friday morning.The ceremony was more than a decade in the making and officially kicked off the project as the...


Vote on resort permit anticipated soon in Charlemont as board talks conditions
05-10-2024 4:06 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CHARLEMONT — A vote on the special permit application for Hinata Mountainside Resort could come as soon as next week, as the Planning Board and applicants ironed out conditions on the permit Thursday evening.If approved, the Planning Board would give...


From fair to fantastic: Memorial Hall Museum exhibit shows how Green River Festival blossomed over 37 years
05-10-2024 3:15 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

In anticipation of Green River Festival in June, the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association (PVMA) and former festival operator Signature Sounds are presenting a history of the region’s largest and most popular musical event.With a trove of...


Conway adopts records policy after Historical Commission’s taking of documents
05-10-2024 11:22 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CONWAY — With the adoption of a new policy this week, historical records have been returned to the town vault following a “series of misunderstandings” between the Historical Commission and town clerk over the custody and safety of the records.After...


Four Rivers Climate Club organizes litter cleanup, panel on environmental activism
05-09-2024 3:05 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — In an effort to raise further awareness of climate change and the power of collective action, the new Climate Club at Four Rivers Charter Public School held a day of action this week with a speaker panel and trash pickup around the...


Luksha victorious in Northfield Planning Board race
05-08-2024 3:43 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — A new face will join the Planning Board as voters opted for Victoria Luksha over incumbent Stephen Seredynski and challenger Joseph Stacy in the town’s only contested race at the ballot box Tuesday.Joining Luksha in being elected to a new...


South County Senior Center opts not to renew church lease after rift over LGBTQ program
05-07-2024 5:51 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Senior Center Board of Oversight has opted to not renew the center’s lease to use the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church’s function hall after a disagreement over the Rainbow Elders program.With the current lease expiring May 31,...


Political newcomer defeats Shores Ness for Deerfield Selectboard seat
05-07-2024 5:29 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — In the town’s highest-turnout race in at least a decade, political newcomer and longtime resident Blake Gilmore defeated Deerfield political fixture Carolyn Shores Ness, 898-857, for a seat on the Selectboard.Gilmore claimed victory...


Gill voters OK road discontinuance, change of 2 positions from elected to appointed
05-07-2024 12:43 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GILL — Voters overwhelmingly approved the seven warrant articles in the first leg of a two-part Annual Town Meeting on Monday, giving the initial go-ahead to change the treasurer and tax collector positions from elected to appointed.More than 30...


No surprises in uncontested Sunderland races
05-06-2024 12:56 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — With no contested races, there were no surprises in Sunderland’s annual town election on Saturday, as everyone on the ballot was elected to their positions.Of the 2,493 registered voters, 301, or roughly 12.1% of voters, cast their...

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