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Screening service may ease public housing woes for Franklin County
09-29-2023 5:57 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

With the implementation of statewide centralized screening, the Franklin County Regional Housing & Redevelopment Authority hopes to see improvement in the filling of its public housing units.This service, which is being provided by the Lawrence-based...


Suspect in Turners Falls shooting ordered held
09-27-2023 6:24 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — The Springfield man accused of shooting a man in Turners Falls and fleeing the scene last month has been denied a reduced bail and will remain held as dangerous until around Dec. 25, when his $100,000 bail will go into effect.Gil Viera,...


My Turn: Stand up to ‘smart’ meters
09-20-2023 6:10 PM

By JONATHAN MIRIN

On Aug. 13, 2021 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia found the Federal Communication Commission guilty of ignoring 11,000 pages of submitted scientific evidence about harms to children and the environment from exposure to wireless...


PHOTO: A staunch supporter
09-19-2023 9:31 AM


Appeal of Northfield solar arrays dismissed
09-18-2023 6:14 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — Three proposed solar arrays on Pine Meadow Road could soon proceed, as all parties have agreed in Franklin County Superior Court to dismiss an appeal of the project.The dismissal of the appeal came less than a week after the final...


Inflation, aid cuts driving greater need for food aid in region
09-17-2023 12:24 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH and JULIAN MENDOZA

Back in April, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts distributed 1 million pounds of food to its 172 food pantries and meal sites, a sizable increase from the 750,000 pounds of food that went to the same locations just two months earlier.While the...


Weather prompts 35% drop in attendance for 174th Franklin County Fair
09-17-2023 11:54 AM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — Strong winds, extreme heat and heavy rain made for an unprecedented period of weather for the 174th Franklin County Fair last weekend, ultimately resulting in a 35% drop in turnout compared to previous years when all was said and done....


174th Franklin County Fair organizers, attendees prove resilience amid inclement weather
09-17-2023 11:32 AM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

GREENFIELD — Hit hard by a barrage of bad weather, the first two days of this year’s Franklin County Fair were anything but fair. In the end, though, the 174-year tradition persisted, bouncing back over the weekend. “It was really inspiring to see how...


Fast fried dough feast delights at Franklin County Fair
09-15-2023 1:14 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

Having scarfed down a pizza-sized portion of fried dough in three minutes and 45 seconds, Greenfield resident Ken Bacigalupo is the greatest dough-devourer the Franklin County Fair has ever seen. And it isn’t close.Since 2017, the fried dough eating...


Parking, waste disposal info for Franklin County Fair
09-08-2023 4:14 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — Parking will be free at the Olive Street parking garage for the duration of the Franklin County Fair this weekend to accommodate the extra traffic. The gates for the fairgrounds open at 8 a.m. on both days. The fair expects to be...


Parade ushers in ‘larger than life’ Franklin County Fair
09-07-2023 7:38 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — With “Larger than Life” serving as the 174th Franklin County Fair’s theme, everything was big for the kick-off parade on Thursday: the crowd, the floats and, of course, the numbers on the thermometer.Despite temperatures soaring into the...


Hope Against Hunger Auction looks to raise $22K for meals program, honor ‘food hero’
09-07-2023 2:34 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — The Franklin County Community Meals Program intends to honor Christopher “Monte” Belmonte, one of the Pioneer Valley’s most well-known “food heroes,” at its annual auction on Monday.“In deciding what we were going to do, we needed to do...


My Turn: New beds just part of mental health safety net
09-06-2023 8:52 PM

By MATT STONE

Recently, elected officials and providers cut the ribbon for Valley Springs Behavioral Health Hospital in Holyoke, which added 150 inpatient psychiatric beds for the region, including spots for children with mental health problems. This new facility...


Franklin County Fair balancing thrill shows, agricultural roots in 174th year
09-04-2023 3:54 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — The Franklin County Fair is returning for its 174th year this weekend, with a host of new and familiar events expected to bring in as many as 25,000 guests. “Between the two thrill shows, the excitement is already growing rapidly among my...


Real Estate Transactions: Aug. 25, 2023
08-24-2023 6:02 PM

ASHFIELD199-J Stonewall Dr., $715,000. B: David Falk and Jennifer Falk, S: Scott B. Johnson and Zoe M. Johnson.ATHOL54 Anna Ave., $135,000. B: Tracy Muzzy, S: Thomas G. Kaczmarczyk70 Birch St., $290,000. B: Ryan S. Paquette, S: Rhita Hilal75 C St.,...


Area farms put land into preservation
08-21-2023 3:59 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

Twelve Massachusetts farms, including five in Franklin and Hampshire counties, will share in $4.7 million in Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) funds announced Friday by the Healey-Driscoll administration.The Massachusetts Department of...


Regional hazardous waste collection planned for Sept. 23
08-21-2023 12:00 PM

The Franklin County Solid Waste Management District will hold a household hazardous waste collection day on Saturday, Sept. 23.Residents and businesses can drop off materials at two sites: Greenfield Community College and the Orange Recycling...


Regional Notebook: Aug. 22, 2023
08-21-2023 11:51 AM

Forum to consider paint, mattress recyclingAMHERST – Two months after Dalton resident Tom Irwin visited Ashfield’s Belding Memorial Library to drum up support for a bill, H.823 and S.551, that would create a statewide paint recycling program, a forum...


A home for all the homies: Homie Collective Campout brings more than 100 jam bands and electronic artists to Franklin County Fairground, Aug. 25 through 27
08-18-2023 1:35 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

In search of its permanent home, one of the region’s largest “jamtronica” music festivals will set up camp next weekend at the Franklin County Fairgrounds.The Homie Collective Campout, a three-day congregation with more than 100 jam bands and...


PHOTOS: Dog days of summer
08-14-2023 3:44 PM

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