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Management role: Forestry experts explain efforts to bolster forest health, climate resilience

02-22-2024 12:09 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

With the state dealing with catastrophic consequences of climate change, the debate around forest management continues to make headlines as Massachusetts policymakers discuss the best way to maximize carbon sequestration in forests.Trees and other...


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Real Estate Transactions: Feb. 23, 2024

02-22-2024 11:53 AM

ATHOL33 Benwoods Drive, $110,000. B: Robert S. Smith and Colleen G. Smith. S: Benwoods LLC.59 Benwoods Drive, $110,000. B: Robert S. Smith and Colleen G. Smith. S: Benwoods LLC.111 Brickyard Rd Lot C1, $150,000. B: Horizon TCo. S: Bredesen Susan C Est...


Hillside Pizza has record-breaking year in sales, despite closing Hadley location

02-22-2024 11:47 AM

By GRACE LEE

The return of the Super Bowl marked a record-breaking year in sales and fundraising efforts for Hillside Pizza, despite closing the doors at its 15-year-old Hadley location.With employee shortages and rising supply costs, many restaurants have...


New Salem’s Veterans Park gets flag that flew over U.S. Capitol

02-22-2024 11:17 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

NEW SALEM – It’s at least 400 miles from Washington, D.C., to South Main Street in this quiet town of about 1,000 residents.But that’s the journey taken by the American flag that flies over Veterans Park, after having been flown over the U.S....


Presentation, dance at GCC to shed light on Native American culture

02-22-2024 10:56 AM

GREENFIELD – Western Mass Rights of Nature and the Nolumbeka Project are holding a pair of events at Greenfield Community College on Friday and Saturday that will teach attendees more about Native American culture.The two organizations first invite...


Consumer Corner with Anita Wilson: Tales from the consumer complaint blotter

02-22-2024 10:35 AM

By ANITA WILSON

A local man signed up for cellphone service but, his phone calls kept dropping at home and he missed many incoming calls. He tried canceling the service, but every month he continued to receive a bill.Finally, he filed a consumer complaint with the...


With 55K at risk of losing internet service, activists call on Congress to extend pandemic-era program

02-21-2024 9:29 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

SPRINGFIELD — Local activists, organizations and representatives from western Massachusetts’s congressional delegation are urging the U.S. federal government to extend a pandemic-era program that covers internet costs for 55,000 low-income residents...


Former Greenfield Police Chief Haigh: ‘I am forced to say goodbye’

02-21-2024 9:14 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD – In his retirement letter to Mayor Ginny Desorgher, former Police Chief Robert Haigh Jr. said he was stepping down “because of your refusal to support this department and your chief.”“It is with such disappointment and sadness that I must...


Adding up the losses at Red Fire Farm: $1M in damages includes barn full of supplies and memories

02-21-2024 10:40 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — Days after a large fire engulfed Red Fire Farm’s barn and farm store on Carver Street in Granby on Saturday afternoon, farm staff slowly recounted the equipment and inventory lost in the fire, as well as the memories attached to them.The fire...


Next chicken pot pie fundraiser supports Pioneer booster club

02-21-2024 10:38 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

BERNARDSTON — The Bernardston Kiwanis Club’s series of chicken pot pie fundraisers continues this weekend, as the group looks to raise money for Pioneer Valley Regional School’s athletics booster club.On Saturday, Feb. 24, the Kiwanis Club’s second of...


Greenfield Middle School Honor Roll, Second Quarter

02-21-2024 10:27 AM

Sixth GradeHigh Honors: Ariana Agapov, Landon Allenby, Lucas Allenby, Juliana Helie, Cole Knechtel, Helen Maiewski, Kaleb Reipold, Ryker Russin, Kaylina Short, Abygail Soucie, Samantha Suhl, Augustino Thompson, Myles Urkiel and Natan Volosenco.Honors:...


Greenfield Notebook: Feb. 22, 2024

02-21-2024 9:43 AM

Resident to share experience withterminal cancerGREENFIELD — Eve Bogdanove, a Greenfield resident for nearly 20 years, will share her experience living with terminal cancer at the Greenfield Public Library on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 11 a.m.In November...


North County Notebook: Feb. 22, 2024

02-21-2024 9:28 AM

Early in-person voting starts SaturdayBERNARDSTON — Early in-person voting will be offered at the Bernardston Town Hall, 38 Church St., on the following dates: Saturday, Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.;...


Northfield’s sewer rates could increase ‘significantly’ to support treatment plant upgrades

02-21-2024 9:23 AM

By LIESEL NYGARD

NORTHFIELD — Depending on the result a Town Meeting vote, sewer rates may increase “significantly” for fiscal year 2025 to support improvements to the town’s wastewater treatment plant and collection system.Karen Boudreau, who serves on the Board of...


Greenfield Notebook: Feb. 21, 2024

02-20-2024 6:22 PM

CommunityPreservationCommittee seeks input on funding proposals GREENFIELD — The Community Preservation Committee is seeking public input on 12 projects to help it determine which will receive funding this year.The committee will meet on Thursday,...


PHOTO: Wooly wanderers

02-20-2024 5:57 PM


CDC considers dropping 5-day COVID isolation rule as local hospitals bring back mask requirements

02-20-2024 5:52 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering loosening isolation requirements for people who test positive for COVID-19, meaning they would no longer have to stay at home for at least five days when infected with the virus.Under the...


Psychedelics petition backers use Oregon as model

02-20-2024 4:43 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Massachusetts voters may get the chance to cast ballots to legalize access to some psychedelic substances this fall. And though advocates say the Oregon psilocybin therapy program that would be used as a model for Massachusetts is beneficial...


Athol principal selected as superintendent for Erving School Union 28

02-20-2024 3:57 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

ERVING — Athol Community Elementary School Principal Shannon White-Cleveland is being tapped as the next Erving School Union 28 superintendent, overseeing four K-6 elementary schools attended by children in Shutesbury, Leverett, Erving, Wendell and...


Pioneer’s proposed $16.9M budget heads to Annual Town Meetings

02-20-2024 1:30 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — After a brief discussion about administrator pay, the Pioneer Valley Regional School District School Committee approved a $16.94 million budget for fiscal year 2025 last week, thus sending it to the towns for approval at Annual Town...



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