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Author speaks to need for Indigenous perspective in environmental justice work
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GREENFIELD — Robin Wall Kimmerer, a scientist, professor and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, shared with attendees gathered at Greenfield High School on Thursday why the Indigenous perspective is important when it comes to environmental and restorative justice.A resident of Syracuse, New Yo...
PHOTOS: Green River Festival kicks off
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County residents, leaders react to Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade
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Franklin County and North Quabbin residents expressed strong feelings on Friday following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the case that recognized a constitutional right to abortion, while legislators sought to emphasize that abortion will still be legal in Massachusetts.W...
FRCOG workshop to address pre-rental inspection regs
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GREENFIELD — As part of a community-wide effort to increase access to safe and affordable housing in Franklin County, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) is co-sponsoring a workshop on how individual boards of health can pass pre-rental inspection regulations. “The idea to hold (the...
Valley Bounty: Couple carrying on a livestock legacy at Chase Hill Farm
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“How many people get a chance where someone walks up to you and says, ‘Do you want your dream?’” asks Laura Wells-Tolley. In 2017, she and her partner, Ben, were offered that chance when they took over Chase Hill Farm in Warwick from the Fellows family, who founded it back in the 1950s.“Chase Hill...
A familiar voice says goodbye: Walter Carroll, longtime NEPM classical music host, to retire
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Pretty early in his life, Walter Carroll developed a great interest in classical music. But it wasn’t clear that would be his calling in life. He also loved theater, and after he’d graduated from college, he spent two years in the Netherlands with an acting company and learned Dutch.But classical mu...
FRCOG, towns splitting legal fees in FERC relicensing
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The Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) is considering splitting a $15,000 to $20,000 bill with Montague, Gill, Erving and Northfield to hire legal counsel for the next phase of FirstLight Hydro Generating Co.’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relicensing process, with all...
Dog of the Week: Teva
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XXXXXX is one of several dogs at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Regional Adoption Center in Turners Falls who are looking for a new home. Call 413-676-9182 to arrange to see all the dogs available.
Montague Notebook: June 25, 2022
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Nature art series comes to Great Falls Discovery Center TURNERS FALLS — The Great Falls Discovery Center’s free “Art Naturally” series invites the public for instruction on how to use poetry, prose and visual art to create an art piece inspired by the natural world on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to noo...
North Quabbin Notebook: June 25, 2022
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‘Investigating Insects’ planned at New Salem libraryNEW SALEM — The New Salem Public Library will present “Investigating Insects” outside the building at 10 a.m. on Saturday, weather permitting.With help from the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, participants will become “insect investigators”...
New director looks to make Erving library ‘a place to play for everyone’
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ERVING — After beginning her work last month, new Erving Public Library Director Abigail Baines is getting comfortable and looking forward to making her library “a place to play for everyone.” The Greenfield resident began her role on May 2, following an extended search in the wake of Natane Halasz’...
Greenfield hearing on outdoor pot cultivation moratorium to continue in July
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GREENFIELD — A joint public hearing on whether to impose a moratorium on outdoor marijuana cultivation has been continued to next month.The decision by the Planning Board and Economic Development Committee to continue the hearing followed Thursday’s comments from residents, who urged officials to fi...
Orange voters wrap up three-night Annual Town Meeting, approve amended salary increases
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ORANGE — An Annual Town Meeting that lasted nearly nine hours over three nights resulted in residents agreeing to amended salary increases for certain town jobs.Voters worked their way through a seven-article Special Town Meeting and 12 articles on the Annual Town Meeting warrant before stalling reg...
PHOTOS: Summer Eats program kicks off with food and fun
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Racin’ With Jason: High drama at the Dog
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The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returned to Monadnock Speedway last weekend, and the event left race fans talking afterward.After being postponed until Sunday due to rain Saturday evening, the Duel at the Dog 200 saw Justin Bonsignore take the victory — but not without controversy.In the closing lap...
Bulletin Board: Camelot Cleaners takes home GGSL Ponytail title with win over Pipione’s
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It was a pitcher’s duel to decide the Greenfield Girls Softball League Ponytail Division championship on Thursday at Murphy Park. Both Camelot Carpet Cleaners’ Olivia Lemay and Pipione’s Sport Shop’s Grace Laurie had it going in the circle, with Lemay striking out 15 and surrendering just one hit wh...
‘Speeder Rides’ available at Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum
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SHELBURNE FALLS — The popular “Speeder Rides” at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum are available the first Sunday of each month throughout the 2022 season.Speeders — also known as motorcars, putt-putts, section cars, railway motor cars and track maintenance cars, as well as other names — are small...
Regional Notebook: June 22, 2022
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Assistant district attorney honored by bar associationNORTHAMPTON — Northwestern Assistant District Attorney Becky Michaels has been honored with the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Prosecutor Award, given to state or federal prosecutors for distinguished efforts in public service activities and a...
With grant funding, Buckland plans for picnic area
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BUCKLAND — As part of the Shelburne Falls Rapid Recovery Plan, the town will redesign the picnic area in the alley between Buckland Pizza and Town Hall. Buckland received $8,000 in grant money for equipment and $1,500 for art. The grant paying for the Shelburne Falls Rapid Recovery Plan is funded th...
Orange native leaves corporate business world, opens Greenfield dog grooming salon
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GREENFIELD — Just a few months after the January closure of longtime dog grooming business Mighty Clean Mutt, Jordan LeBlanc has filled the void with Auntie Jordan’s Grooming.The continuation of the grooming salon at 52 French King Highway was no coincidence either, according to LeBlanc, who said Mi...
Franklin County, North Quabbin officials mulling best uses for opioid settlement money
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The Franklin Regional Council of Governments is in the early stages of planning regional programs that could be funded using the roughly $2.16 million Franklin County municipalities are set to receive from 2022 through 2038 as part of a $26 billion settlement with opioid manufacturers and distributo...
College students’ design-build on display at Franklin County Fairgrounds
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GREENFIELD — The 2022 Green River Festival will feature a rich cycle of musicians, a diverse list of food vendors, activities for children, and even an open house of sorts.Students and faculty members with the University of Massachusetts Amherst teamed up with East Branch Studio, of Chesterfield, to...
Shared-policing accord set for ‘test drive’ in Bernardston and Leyden
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Seven months after Leyden’s Public Safety Advisory Committee first convened, the first significant results of the committee and town’s work will take effect July 1, when an interim shared-policing agreement between the towns of Leyden and Bernardston is set to begin.The Bernardston Selectboard gave...
Real Estate Transactions: June 24, 2022
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ATHOL 238 Bigelow Road. $405,000. B: B.A. Perez-Stillwagon. S: Turning Point Investments LLC. 859 Riceville Road. $436,000. B: Nicholas Perham and Sharon Burgues. S: Robert J. King and Barbara M. King. South Athol Road, Lot 150. $40,000. B: Christopher B. Colon. S: Patrick A. Prusik and Bernice M....
Garden Cinemas Showtimes: June 24 to June 30, 2022
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Greenfield Garden Cinemas is located at 361 Main St. in Greenfield. The lineup of movies changes on Thursdays. Call 413-773-9260 or visit for more information. CinemaSafe protocols followed.Private shows are available by emailing Mules Fri.-Wed., 9:...