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What is Super Tuesday? Why it matters and what to watch

03-02-2024 3:20 PM

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI

The biggest day of this year’s primary campaign is approaching as 16 states vote in contests known as Super Tuesday.The elections are a crucial moment for President Joe Biden and Donald Trump, who are the overwhelming front-runners for the Democratic...


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Greenfield expands hybrid meetings, access to online recordings

03-03-2024 4:01 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — With additional hybrid functionality and more consistent uploading of recordings, the city is hoping to expand residents’ accessibility to local government meetings of numerous boards and commissions.In an effort to improve government...


Regional Notebook: March 4, 2024

03-03-2024 2:01 PM

Applications open for Habitat for Humanity Projects Applications are available for two new Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity projects: a one-bedroom, one-story adaptable home in Greenfield and a three-bedroom, two-story home in Northampton.The...


Greenfield Housing Authority seeks new executive director

03-03-2024 12:09 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Housing Authority will begin the search for a permanent executive director following the departure of Thomas Guerino.Guerino, who served as the agency’s executive director for roughly three years, recently left the...


A ‘privilege to preserve’: Shelburne’s Kenburn Orchards placed in conservation restriction

03-03-2024 12:04 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

SHELBURNE — Susan and Larry Flaccus, owners of Kenburn Orchards, have placed a conservation restriction on their land, ensuring no development will occur on the 152-acre property.“It really is the first significant farm on the Mohawk Trail coming up...


Harvard Forest exhibits offer information on history through dioramas

03-03-2024 12:01 PM

By CARLA CHARTER

At Harvard Forest in Petersham, visitors can learn about the forest and its history through dioramas dating back to the 1930s. The dioramas and the museum that was built for them was the idea of Richard T. Fisher, who was named director and primary...


Climate justice activist Flowers gives keynote at UMass for Black History Month

03-01-2024 6:25 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

AMHERST — Before acclaimed environmental activist Catherine Coleman Flowers said one word about herself at the outset of a talk at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Thursday night, she expressed gratitude to marginalized communities across...


At state budget hearing at GCC, school officials share unique challenges faced by rural districts

03-01-2024 5:05 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — At the Joint Committee on Ways and Means’ fiscal year 2025 state budget hearing on Friday, the focus was on statewide education and local aid. At the regional level, though, legislators, school officials and community members from up and...


Massachusetts Maple Month ushers in ‘spring’s awakening’

03-01-2024 3:36 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

NORTHFIELD — Tree sap being boiled down into maple syrup filled the air with a sweet aroma on Friday as Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner Ashley Randle celebrated the kickoff of Massachusetts Maple Month by ceremonially tapping a maple...


Area sugarhouses start tapping season early after warm winter days

03-01-2024 2:58 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

The groundhog predicted an early end to winter: did that also mean an earlier start to maple sugaring? Apparently so, according to several maple sugarers in the Pioneer Valley.“This is the earliest we’ve ever started,” remarked Chip Williams of the...


Deerfield Academy, Conway Grammar School partner to bring Spanish lessons to classroom

03-01-2024 2:25 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CONWAY — When the three Deerfield Academy students walked into Jeremy Brunaccioni’s kindergarten class Wednesday morning, they were greeted by a wave of “Holas!” from their newest amigos.The visit was part of a continuing partnership between Deerfield...


Birthday luncheon remembers Mary Lyon as ‘a woman ahead of her time’

03-01-2024 2:01 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

BUCKLAND — Renowned women’s education advocate Mary Lyon likely never would have expected that her hometown would continue to celebrate her legacy 227 years after her birth.On Wednesday, a group of Mount Holyoke College alumni and fellow admirers of...


Nash’s Mill Road in Greenfield to close through April 19 for water main installation

03-01-2024 1:02 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — Drivers on Nash’s Mill Road can expect detours through April 19, as the city announced Friday the installation of a new 12-inch water main.Work is set to begin Monday, March 4, on the $656,920 project, which will be funded through...


Break-ins prompt minor building repairs in West County towns

03-01-2024 12:52 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

HEATH — A series of break-ins targeting schools in western Franklin County — and in Heath’s case, a school turned into a municipal building — have left towns coping with minor building repairs.Ashfield’s Sanderson Academy and the Heath Municipal...


Ralph C. Mahar Regional School Honor Roll, Second Quarter

03-01-2024 11:19 AM

Seventh GradeHigh Honors: Matthew Lee Brazie, Tristan William Dowler, Konner David DuPray, Calvin Feltman, Lucas Robert Hart, Quinn Matthew Lucas-Mullen, Josiah Elijah Muniz, Jenna Lynne Nolette, Carly Rose Paluk, Lilah Jean Paluk, Dezmin Thomas...


Healey wants $1 billion each for life sciences, climate tech

03-01-2024 10:58 AM

By ALISON KUZNITZ

Filling in some blanks on her economic development plans, Gov. Maura Healey said Thursday she wants to reauthorize the life sciences initiative at $1 billion for the next decade, and launch a separate $1 billion, 10-year climate tech initiative that...


Beacon Hill Roll Call: Feb. 19 to Feb. 23, 2024

03-01-2024 10:46 AM

By BOB KATZEN

There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week.Beacon Hill Roll Call’s research shows that so far there are at least 11 bills that have been approved unanimously by the Senate in 2023 but are languishing in the House Ways and Means...


Dog of the Week: Cagney

03-01-2024 9:34 AM


Lunt Neighborhood Action Group to work with Greenfield Board of Health on accelerating site cleanup

02-29-2024 6:10 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — With the first Lunt Silversmiths Public Involvement Plan (PIP) meeting in two years, the Lunt Neighborhood Action Group reaffirmed its priorities, particularly in regard to accelerating cleanup of the site, as well as announcing the Board...


High winds knock down trees, power lines across Franklin County

02-29-2024 5:43 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

Strong winds throughout Franklin County toppled dead and dying trees on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, knocking out power and leaving some roads blocked.According to data from the National Weather Service, winds reached speeds as high as 47...



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