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Date ideas in Franklin County: Indoors, outdoors, seated or dancing — here’s where to have some fun with the one you love 
02-09-2024 12:55 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

As the season of love approaches, a plethora of exciting dates awaits in Franklin County, promising to warm hearts and support the community. If you're tired of the same old dinner-and-movie routine, brace yourself for a journey through diverse and...

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Winter HooPla in Shelburne Falls to bring ‘magical experience’
02-10-2024 5:53 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Art Garden will showcase local artists’ creativity once again with a night of ephemeral art installations at the Winter HooPla event.For the past eight years, artists have transformed the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum’s freight...


Local attorneys renovate Shelburne Falls space to solve ‘a desperate need’ for offices
02-07-2024 10:27 AM

By BELLA LEVAVI

SHELBURNE FALLS — Local attorneys Kevin Parsons and Lina Alexandra Hogan are aiming to attract more businesses to the village with their newly rehabilitated building.Parsons was looking for a new office after the location where he was renting space...


Mohawk Trail, Hawlemont districts launch Phase 2 of sustainability study
02-03-2024 5:40 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

As part of an effort to find ways to reorganize to better address the hardships faced by rural schools, the Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont regional school districts have initiated Phase 2 of a sustainability study led by educational resource company...


A big audience for small works: Annual Small Works Exhibit and Sale returns for 10th year
02-02-2024 12:04 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

The Sawmill River Arts Collective gallery, located at 440 Greenfield Rd. in the Bookmill Complex, will show local artists at its 10th annual Small Works Exhibit and Sale, taking place from Feb. 4 through 26.“It is a community art show. Part of our...


Charlemont cell tower bylaws head to Town Meeting
02-02-2024 12:01 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

CHARLEMONT — The Planning Board has recently finalized new bylaws for personal wireless service facilities and is poised to present them at a public hearing, with plans to bring them to Annual Town Meeting this spring.“In general, it is very positive...


Psychologists supported by Ashfield churches recognized for work with trauma victims
02-01-2024 2:15 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

ASHFIELD — The American Psychological Association (APA) has awarded the 2024 International Humanitarian Award to Sayed Jafar Ahmadi and Zeinab Musavi, a couple that Ashfield Churches Together has supported since 2021.The award is sponsored by APA’s...


Colrain’s Redneck Wine owners seek to connect customers with history through taste buds
02-01-2024 9:56 AM

By BELLA LEVAVI

COLRAIN — A third-generation Colrain resident is looking to share a bit of history with visitors — through wine.Betty Ringwood and her husband, Chris Pelletier, have opened Redneck Wine LLC at 364 Jacksonville Road after spending six years homebrewing...


Low state aid figures for Gill-Montague prompt budget revisions
01-31-2024 6:34 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

MONTAGUE — The Gill-Montague Regional School District is working to shore up a budget facing a roughly $500,000 shortfall due to an unexpected loss of state aid. The district’s School Committee has approved a roughly $27.67 million preliminary budget...


Sunderland eyes site for senior center on Plumtree Road 
01-28-2024 9:40 AM

By BELLA LEVAVI

SUNDERLAND – Local residents on Saturday had the opportunity to tour the former Sinauer Associates/Oxford University Press building, which Sunderland is considering as the potential future site for the South County Senior Center. The...


New details emerge in fatal plane crash on Greenfield-Leyden line
01-26-2024 6:35 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

LEYDEN — The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report on the Jan. 14 fatal plane crash in the Leyden Wildlife Management Area, detailing eyewitness accounts as well as the plane’s flight path and conditions.Fly Lugu...


Franklin Regional Transit Authority offers weekend fixed-route bus service
01-26-2024 4:31 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

GREENFIELD — The Franklin Regional Transit Authority (FRTA) now offers weekend fixed-route transportation.With additional funds from the Fair Share Amendment, all free routes will run through the weekend, providing much-needed transportation access in...


Shelburne mulls heating system’s future at Cowell Gymnasium
01-26-2024 3:41 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

SHELBURNE — The Selectboard hopes Cowell Gymnasium’s backup heating system will last long enough to make it through the initial litmus test for the newly installed electric mini splits. With the state giving out Green Communities grants to encourage a...


Hawley Selectboard OKs loader purchase for Highway Department
01-26-2024 1:43 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

HAWLEY — Bypassing a Town Meeting vote due to urgency, the Selectboard has authorized the Highway Department to purchase a new loader and related supplies using Chapter 90 funds. “This is the exception to the rule,” said Selectboard Chair Hussain...


The cure for wintertime blues: Snowmobile clubs enjoy outdoor thrills while tending to interstate trails
01-26-2024 12:45 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

On snowy weekends in the winter, groups of snowmobilers can be found at the tops of mountains and along the vast networks of forest trails connecting towns throughout Massachusetts and beyond. “To be outside in the winter doing something; that is the...


Charlemont business landscape changing quickly amid struggles
01-25-2024 10:34 AM

By BELLA LEVAVI

CHARLEMONT — Despite Berkshire East Mountain Resort attracting thousands of out-of-towners every winter, and Zoar Outdoor and Crab Apple Whitewater bringing people in during the summer, entrepreneurs in the commercial district say owning a business...


Adams Ambulance license suspension leaves Hawley relying on mutual aid
01-24-2024 4:36 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

HAWLEY — In the wake of Adams Ambulance having its operating license suspended by the state Department of Public Health, Hawley has been left without a primary ambulance provider and will be covered by Shelburne Falls EMS through mutual aid.This...


Heavy rain in 2023 leads to extra $95K sewer bill for Montague
01-24-2024 12:02 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

MONTAGUE — The town will receive a $94,668 bill in overage charges from Erving, which processes sewage for Millers Falls, after historic rainfall in 2023 resulted in rainwater infiltrating the processing system. “It was expected, but this much over...


Without solar revenue, Turners Falls airport faces $122K shortfall
01-18-2024 4:04 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

TURNERS FALLS — With anticipated revenue from a solar project not yet in play, the Turners Falls Municipal Airport is facing a $122,000 budget shortfall for fiscal year 2024, according to Airport Manager Bryan Camden. The airport had planned to have...


Shelburne Falls businesses band together in call for Gaza cease-fire
01-18-2024 1:26 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

SHELBURNE FALLS — Village business owners have banded together to call for a cease-fire in Gaza and an end to the Israel-Hamas war. “We as humans have to stand up and say we all deserve to live,” said Bridge Street Bazaar co-owner Mohammad Yaseen....


‘A People’s History of Colrain’: Library produces new podcast to tell local stories
01-12-2024 11:31 AM

By BELLA LEVAVI

The Griswold Memorial Library is getting local people to tell their own stories in their recently launched podcast, “A People’s History of Colrain.” “We are trying to collect local history in people’s own voices,” explained Griswold Memorial Library...

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