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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....

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Local artist seeks building facades to share pro-environmental message
02-16-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — A local artist hopes some Main Street building owners are willing to donate or rent their facades to exhibit a climate crisis tribute to Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg.Joseph “JJ” White has crafted a 17½-foot-wide,...


Turners Falls man faces 9 charges in high-speed chase through multiple towns
02-15-2024 9:39 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — A Turners Falls man faces nine charges after allegedly trying to hit a Greenfield Police cruiser before leading authorities on a high-speed chase to Sunderland which ended in Greenfield.Jason B. Griswold, 40, pleaded not guilty in...


Feasibility study reveals redevelopment, demolition options for Orange Armory
02-15-2024 6:18 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The Orange Armory has served as a home for a volunteer militia regiment, a senior center and a roller rink business, among other functions. Might housing be added to the list? That’s a distinct possibility, and the professionals tasked with...


Wendell’s No Assault & Batteries to host speakers on proposed battery storage facility
02-15-2024 3:45 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

WENDELL — A local group formed last year in opposition to a proposed battery storage facility is teaming up with the Friends of the Wendell Meetinghouse to host a reception and community dinner on Saturday.No Assault & Batteries is collaborating with...


State honors Bernardston WWII vet on 99th birthday
02-15-2024 1:37 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

One of Franklin County’s oldest living World War II veterans was recently honored with three state citations recognizing both his 99th birthday and his military service.Frederic Johnson, of Bernardston received the citations from state Sen. Jo...


‘They are public safety’: EMTs, paramedics train to treat K-9s under Nero’s Law
02-14-2024 4:57 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

With their training complete in advance of this month’s deadline, local EMTs and paramedics now have the skills to provide medical treatment and transport of police K-9s injured in the line of duty under a new state law.Nero’s Law, which has been...


First Arc-a-Palooza concert set for Shea Theater in Turners Falls
02-14-2024 9:35 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

TURNERS FALLS — The United Arc’s got talent, and the first Arc-a-Palooza concert aims to prove it.Five local musical acts are set to take the stage at the Shea Theater Arts Center for a Feb. 17 fundraising event for the nonprofit that provides...


Supper for Six food drive enters 20th year in Greenfield
02-13-2024 3:28 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — The Supper for Six food drive is gearing up for its 20th annual event on Thursday and Women’s Way, the affinity group of the United Way of the Franklin & Hampshire Region, is again appealing to the public for donations to help ensure...


Community rallying around Greenfield man following garage fire
02-13-2024 2:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — The community is rallying around Paul Siano Sr., whose commercial garage at 130 Laurel St. was destroyed by a fire earlier this month. A handful of men were on scene Friday helping the owner of P. Siano Excavating tear down what remains...


GCC nursing students talk single-payer health care, workplace safety concerns with legislators
02-12-2024 6:36 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Four women representing western Massachusetts in the state Legislature visited Greenfield Community College on Monday for a panel discussion about health care with second-year nursing students.State Sen. Jo Comerford was joined by state...


Teacher, student honored for exemplifying spirit of late Turners Falls assistant principal
02-12-2024 12:14 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

TURNERS FALLS — A 17-year-old senior who is committed to studying dance after graduation and a history and psychology teacher are the two latest recipients of the McGraw Uplift Awards, bestowed upon school community members who best exemplify the...


Gill, Montague officials hear details of proposed FY25 school budget
02-09-2024 2:50 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School District’s superintendent and director of business and operations walked town officials through the proposed fiscal year 2025 budget this week and explained the finer details of how those figures came...


Plan looks to ‘make a lasting impact on health’ in next five years
02-09-2024 2:40 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Representatives from organizations and towns across the region gathered at the John W. Olver Transit Center on Thursday afternoon to kick off a new five-year Community Health Improvement Plan, or CHIP.The Franklin County/North Quabbin...


Play it again, Sam: Shea Theater to show ‘Lovejoy’s Nuclear War’ to mark 50th anniversary of Montague tower toppling
02-09-2024 12:12 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

In the fall of 1973, Wendell resident Dan Keller drove to Bradley International Airport in Connecticut to pick up friend Sam Lovejoy and mentioned to his pal that he wouldn’t believe what had been built back home on the Montague Plains.The two drove...


‘It’s a tremendous honor’: Greenfield aikido dojo owner gets promoted
02-08-2024 11:22 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Dave Stier started the new year with notice from Japan that he had been promoted to a seventh-degree black belt in aikido, a traditional Japanese martial art stressing balance, positioning and leverage instead of strength and...


With Town Meeting approval, Union 28 bus contract signed
02-07-2024 4:33 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Following a series of Special Town Meetings, all contracts have been signed to ensure F.M. Kuzmeskus provides transportation services to Erving School Union 28 for another five years.Caitlin Sheridan, director of finance and operations at Erving...


Smith, Davis win Selectboard seats in Orange
02-06-2024 5:21 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Newcomer Julie Davis will join the reelected Andrew Smith on the Orange Selectboard following Monday’s town election.Davis was the race’s top vote-getter, receiving 384 votes, and Smith accumulated 304. The two competed against Sandra Fawn...


Former Bernardston, Buckland police officer gets 4 to 5 years on child porn charges
02-05-2024 3:05 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — A former Bernardston and Buckland police officer will spend the next four to five years in state prison after pleading guilty to eight child pornography charges in a change of plea hearing Monday.Jacob Wrisley, 42, pleaded guilty in...


Judge orders suspect in Energy Park shooting, Bernardston home invasion, held without bail
02-01-2024 5:34 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — A local man facing 15 charges stemming from an alleged shooting at Energy Park and a separate alleged home invasion in Bernardston will remain held without bail, a Franklin County Superior Court judge ruled on Thursday.Gabe Adams, 21, has...


Outgoing Orange Selectboard member raises issue with Armory access
02-01-2024 4:57 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The Selectboard this week settled an outgoing member’s grievance about Armory Commission members being unable to access the brick building they have been tasked with maintaining and protecting.Richard Sheridan has vowed to save the...

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