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Feasibility study reveals redevelopment, demolition options for Orange Armory

02-16-2024 5:02 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

02-16-2024 5:01 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...


‘They are public safety’: EMTs, paramedics train to treat K-9s under Nero’s Law

02-16-2024 5:00 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...


Royalston calls Special Town Meeting to settle $50,000 debt

02-15-2024 5:01 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – A Special Town Meeting has been scheduled to settle several outstanding debts among various town departments.Set for Saturday, March 2, at 10 a.m. at Royalston Town Hall, the warrant consists of a single article which asks voters “to raise...


Sportsman’s Corner: On the ice

02-15-2024 5:00 PM

By Mike RocheLast week, this writer finally got to do some ice fishing. Granted, it was an hour or two at a time, but it was quite enjoyable.After visiting Crack of Dawn Bait for some lively shiners, meal worms and spikes (AKA maggots) local ice was...


Local officials tout governor’s municipal tax plan as ‘very exciting’

02-15-2024 5:00 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — Gov. Maura Healey’s proposal to give cities and towns new tax-hike authority would provide “game-changers” at the local level, especially for less-populated areas, local mayors say.A bill Healey filed last month would offer municipalities the...


Athol Royalston recognizes January Students of the Month

02-15-2024 5:00 PM

ATHOL — At its meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 14, the Athol Royalston School Committee recognized those students named as Student of the Month for January at each of the schools.Students were nominated by their teachers, who provided comments on why they...


Deepening divisions: UMass poll chronicles yawning divides on race, immigration

02-14-2024 3:59 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

AMHERST — Almost a third of Republicans say they agree with former President Donald Trump’s claim that immigrants are “poisoning the blood of the country,” a recent University of Massachusetts poll has found.The poll, which also questioned respondents...


Legislative meetings, host community agreements on pot regulators’ minds

02-14-2024 3:59 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

From lawmakers to business operators to municipal officials, there’s been a lot of interest lately in the work underway at the Cannabis Control Commission.Most of the headlines involving the agency have been about the months-long legal saga between...


Firm hired to inspect Phillipston library’s condition

02-14-2024 3:58 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON – The Selectboard has voted to sign an $8,750 contract with the engineering firm of Tighe & Bond to inspect the Phillips Free Public Library and report on the building’s condition.Town officials are hoping the Westfield company can...


LifePath gets $125K grant to facilitate benefits enrollment

02-14-2024 3:57 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — With a $125,000 grant from the National Council on Aging, LifePath is looking to help folks in Franklin and Hampshire counties, as well as the North Quabbin region, get past the complex forms and eligibility requirements for numerous...


Athol Public Library hosts postponed MLK Day event

02-13-2024 5:01 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – A winter storm on Jan. 16 led to the cancellation of an event at Athol Public Library meant to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.But the staff and volunteers of Valuing Our Children, which organized the event, weren’t going to let a...


GCC nursing students talk single-payer health care, workplace safety concerns with legislators

02-13-2024 5:01 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...


Report: Tourism brings $1.3B to three-county region

02-13-2024 5:00 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

Tourism contributes more than $1 billion in annual economic impact across Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin counties, according to a recent study released by the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.The study was the first of its kind...


Tracking the path of totality: In a visit to Mount Holyoke, astrophysicist talks about upcoming total solar eclipse

02-13-2024 5:00 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

SOUTH HADLEY — On April 8, as the earthbound jostle to find a spot to see the total solar eclipse, Jenna Samra will be 45,000 feet above the crowds in a Gulfstream 5 jet, aiming to stay in the moon’s shadow just a couple of minutes longer.An...


UMass to lead $11.9M offshore wind center 

02-12-2024 5:00 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

AMHERST — UMass Amherst will lead a new $11.9 million center on offshore wind education, research and outreach to expedite development of offshore wind energy and train a national workforce to install and maintain the clean energy...


North Quabbin Notes, Feb. 13

02-12-2024 5:00 PM

Noted organic farmers and activists to speak in RoyalstonROYALSTON — On Sunday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. in the Royalston Town Hall, 13 The Common, Jack Kittredge and Julie Rawson will talk about their journey from community activists to farmers and farming...


McGovern, House group seek help for unhoused in Biden budget

02-12-2024 1:34 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — A call for an increase in federal money to support homeless services and programs related to substance use disorders, and for keeping unhoused individuals from being targeted by federal law enforcement agencies, is coming from the House...


Senate chamber to honor Douglass with new bust

02-12-2024 11:36 AM

By Alison Kuznitz

BOSTON — Nearly 130 years after abolitionist, orator and newspaper publisher Frederick Douglass addressed state lawmakers, the Senate plans to unveil a bust in the branch’s chamber honoring his legacy during a ceremony this week.An empty pedestal...


Report examines migrant jobs, earnings prospects

02-11-2024 5:01 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

Immigrants who settle and find work in Massachusetts provide “a direct economic benefit to the region in which they are working in both the value of work produced and in added local spending power,” according to a new report that lands as...



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