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Greenfield celebrates opening of new Fire Station after multi-million-dollar project
06-10-2024 5:01 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Residents and firefighters gathered with local and state officials Monday morning to celebrate the opening of the new Fire Station at 41 Main St., an approximately $21.7 million project that took more than two years to complete.A crowd of...

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$987K pumper replacement for Bernardston Fire Department heads to ballot box
06-20-2024 1:06 PM

By SAM FERLAND

BERNARDSTON — The town will hold a special election on Tuesday, June 25, to decide whether the Fire Department can move forward with spending $987,000 to replace its KME pumper. Polls will be open at Town Hall from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.Voters gave their...


PHOTO: Injuries deemed non-life-threatening in Northfield collision
06-11-2024 2:24 PM


Orange Fire Dept. gets 2 grants for fire safety programs
06-08-2024 5:15 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The town’s Fire Department has received two state grants to fund programs aimed at protecting and educating the demographics most vulnerable to fire injuries and death.Chief James Young said he learned at the end of May that his department...


Motorcyclist sustains non-life-threatening injuries in Ashfield crash
05-24-2024 5:34 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

ASHFIELD — Highland Ambulance transported a motorcyclist to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton with non-life-threatening injuries on Friday afternoon after a crash near 1234 Conway Road, according to Ashfield Fire Chief Kyle Walker.State Police...


Greenfield Fire Department moves into new station on Main Street
05-23-2024 6:34 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — The Fire Department fully moved into its new station at 41 Main St. Thursday night, leaving behind the temporary station on Hope Street that it has occupied since the 412 Main St. station was demolished in 2021. The move marks the...


Propane explosion causes no injuries, but destroys Northfield camper
05-22-2024 11:47 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — No injuries or damage to a nearby residence were reported Wednesday morning following a propane explosion in a camper that was parked at a home on East Street.Northfield’s public safety departments were dispatched to 54 East St. at around...


Fire officials: Whately’s Rainbow Motel fire was likely accidental
05-21-2024 5:25 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — While an exact cause is unknown, a joint investigation by the state Department of Fire Services and the Whately Fire Department has concluded the Rainbow Motel fire early Saturday morning was likely accidental.Department of Fire Services...


Warwick voters approve new fire engine by 79-73 vote
05-21-2024 3:15 PM

By MAX BOWEN

WARWICK — An effort to replace a 35-year-old fire engine that has been carried by several of the town’s fire chiefs has finally borne fruit.By just six votes, residents at Monday’s town election approved a ballot question for a $480,000 Proposition 2½...


Hotfire Bar and Grill to open Memorial Day weekend in Shelburne Falls
05-16-2024 1:17 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

SHELBURNE FALLS — The former site of the organic restaurant Hearty Eats at 24 Bridge St. is being transformed into Hotfire Bar and Grill, serving burgers, an eclectic array of sandwiches and comfort foods like macaroni and cheese and chicken...


Retired police officer, veteran opens firearms training academy in Millers Falls
05-09-2024 10:21 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

MILLERS FALLS — The Western Massachusetts Training & Education Academy offers an array of firearm courses taught by certified instructor and U.S. Marine veteran Leon “Lee” Laster. But you won’t find live ammunition on site.That’s because the new...


Serious barn fire averted due to quick response in Shelburne
05-06-2024 6:01 PM

SHELBURNE — What could have been a devastating blow to a local farm was averted Sunday night due to quick reporting and a quick response from area firefighters. The Shelburne Fire and Police departments responded to a fire at Gould farm’s dairy barn...


Wear Orange organizers prepare display to remember gun violence victims
05-03-2024 7:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Hadiya Pendleton spent part of Jan. 21, 2013, marching in President Barack Obama’s second inaugural parade. After the high school student’s life was cut short in a drive-by shooting eight days later, her friends decided to remember her by...


State records show Northfield EMS chief’s paramedic license suspended over failure to transport infant
04-26-2024 2:56 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

State regulators suspended Northfield EMS Chief and Orange EMS Capt. Mark Fortier’s paramedic license over his alleged failure to properly assess a 2-week-old infant during a house call and for refusing the child transportation in an ambulance,...


New Salem event will turn gun parts into gardening tools, jewelry
04-25-2024 12:38 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

NEW SALEM — A Connecticut nonprofit will send representatives to town on Saturday to demonstrate how something that is often associated with tragedy can be converted into an instrument furthering new growth.Swords to Plowshares Northeast members will...


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...


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...

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