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Gun buyback event collects 195 unwanted firearms
04-18-2024 10:11 AM

The two-county gun buyback event held by the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office on April 13 collected 195 unwanted firearms, one of which was an antique that was subsequently donated to the Springfield Armory.The event was held at the Greenfield...

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Fire scorches garage on Homestead Avenue in Greenfield
04-17-2024 3:58 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — No one was injured after a garage at 42 Homestead Ave. caught fire Wednesday afternoon.Firefighters could be seen hosing down the detached garage at approximately 1 p.m. as smoke poured out of it. According to Fire Chief Robert Strahan,...


PHOTOS: Flowering fundraiser in Sunderland
04-03-2024 4:21 PM


Vacant home in Orange destroyed in blaze
04-03-2024 2:28 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ORANGE — A two-story home on Old South Road was destroyed by an early-morning blaze on Wednesday.No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation by the Orange Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal’s Office. According to...


How and why does wood burn? A basic scientific explanation to help you better heat your home, build the best fire
04-01-2024 3:00 PM

By STEVE THOMAS

A significant number of people in this area burn wood to heat their homes, including a number of new arrivals who may have much interest in doing so, but little experience. Accordingly, I thought it would be worthwhile to write about this subject as...


Firefighters prep to meet ‘unique challenge’ as electrical vehicles gain popularity
03-29-2024 4:23 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

Take a drive down Routes 5 and 10 and count the number of electric or hybrid vehicles you see. Compare those numbers to what you saw two years, five years or 10 years ago and you’re likely looking at a significant increase.Data from the Massachusetts...


No injuries, but camper destroyed in fire in Orange
03-25-2024 1:54 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — There were no injuries when a fire destroyed a 30-foot camper on Packard Road overnight between Sunday and Monday.According to the Orange Fire Department’s Facebook page, dispatchers received calls of a camper on fire behind the residence at...


1 taken to hospital after minivan crashes into barn in Orange
03-22-2024 2:59 PM

ORANGE — One person was taken to the hospital, and one declined transport, after a minivan struck the side of a South Main Street barn shortly after midnight on Friday.According to the Orange Fire Department’s Facebook page, dispatchers received calls...


PHOTO: Driver crashes into house in Orange
03-20-2024 11:33 AM


No injuries in Elm Street house fire in Greenfield
03-13-2024 4:13 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — A two-family residence at 20 Elm St. caught fire Wednesday afternoon, resulting in extensive damage to the rear exterior but no injuries to residents.Fire Chief Robert Strahan said when firefighters from Greenfield, Turner Falls,...


Fire extinguished at Coolidge Ave. home in Turners Falls
03-08-2024 5:05 PM

By PAUL FRANZ

TURNERS FALLS — Firefighters from several towns extinguished a small fire in a one-story home at 41 Coolidge Ave. on Friday.A call came in at 11:59 a.m. reporting smoke coming from the home. According to Fire Chief Todd Brunelle, upon arrival,...


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...


Residents displaced after blaze in Turners Falls
02-19-2024 11:11 AM

TURNERS FALLS — A three-alarm fire reported late Sunday evening has displaced at least seven residents living in a three-story, multi-family residential building on G Street, according to Turners Falls Fire Capt. Trisha Dana.The fire was reported at...


Four-alarm blaze at Red Fire Farm in Granby causes an estimated $1M in damages
02-18-2024 4:51 PM

By AALIANNA MARIETTA

GRANBY — A blaze engulfed Red Fire Farm’s barn and farm store on Carver Street on Saturday afternoon, leaving the west side of the barn “completely obliterated” and causing an estimated $1 million in damages, according to co-owner Ryan...


Mahar seventh grader lauded for quick thinking during chimney fire
02-12-2024 11:49 AM

By PAUL FRANZ

ORANGE — Thanks to training he received through the SAFE (Student Awareness of Fire Education) program in the Orange school system, 12-year-old Joel Wilkey knew just what to do when he awoke to the sound of a smoke detector going off on Dec. 11, 2023....


Multiple departments respond to Greenfield garage fire
02-04-2024 3:38 PM

GREENFIELD — No one was injured during a first-alarm fire at a commercial garage at 130 Laurel St. late Saturday night, according to Greenfield Fire Capt. Dan Smith.The incident was reported as a roof fire at around 10:30 p.m. The blaze was described...


Leyden fire chief resigns; assistant chief expected to be promoted next week
02-02-2024 11:18 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

LEYDEN — With its fire chief resigning, Leyden has wasted no time in finding a successor, as it aims to promote its assistant fire chief next week.Fire Chief Nikolas Adamski submitted his intention to resign from the top spot of the Fire Department...


Dump truck crashes, slides into Tully Pond in Orange
01-19-2024 4:25 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ORANGE — The driver of a dump truck was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries following a crash that left the vehicle partially submerged in Tully Pond on Friday.According to the Orange Fire Department, the crash occurred on Tully Road...


Turners Falls apartment fire displaces 8 residents
01-18-2024 11:19 AM

By MAX BOWEN

TURNERS FALLS — Eight residents have been displaced following a second-alarm fire Wednesday night at 12 H St.According to the Turners Falls Fire Department, none of the residents of the two-apartment building were hurt, though one firefighter...


Driver sustains minor injuries in Erving rollover crash
01-12-2024 6:29 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

ERVING — After its driver navigated off the roadway, a Honda CRV struck a tree and flipped upside down near 140 Northfield Road on Friday. The crash was reported shortly after 3:30 p.m. According to Fire Chief Philip Wonkka, the female driver was...


House fire in Orange displaces family
01-10-2024 5:17 PM

By DOMENIC POLI and PAUL FRANZ

ORANGE — Four people were displaced Wednesday morning when a fire damaged a single-family house at 86 Mechanic St.The Salvation Army Athol Corps is reportedly assisting Donna and Kevin Sweeney and their sons, Sean and Nicholas, following the blaze...

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