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8 seniors honored for ‘outstanding’ academic achievement, community involvement
12-11-2023 3:19 PM

By MARY BYRNE

TURNERS FALLS — Each year, students from across the state, including in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region, are recognized by their respective superintendents for their academic achievement and community involvement.The annual award is...


Polus Center in Athol plans training program to serve people with autism
12-04-2023 3:33 PM

By MAX BOWEN

A handful of local organizations were among the recipients in the latest round of workforce development planning grants from the state, including Greenfield Community College and an Athol-based organization that hopes to develop a training program for...


Knitting the community together: Scarves, gloves and more on Greenfield Common for those in need
11-29-2023 7:12 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — Six years ago, Sandra Beebe knitted 25 scarves and placed them around Greenfield Common for anyone to take. Now, backed by a team of roughly 225 volunteers throughout the region, Beebe returned to the common on Monday night with a total...


Oral history project revisits Kinder Morgan pipeline opposition
11-14-2023 3:08 PM

By MARY BYRNE

NORTHFIELD — Residents from Northfield and surrounding communities packed the Community Bible Church Sunday night for what felt like a second hurrah seven years after the defeat of the Kinder Morgan NED Pipeline.“It’s wonderful to see so many familiar...


Fuel assistance available for Franklin County residents
11-06-2023 5:02 PM

By MARY BYRNE

With temperatures beginning to drop, state and local agencies are encouraging eligible residents to apply for fuel assistance through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.LIHEAP, offered through Community Action Pioneer Valley, is a free...


Rebecca Todd named Connecticut River Conservancy’s new executive director
10-18-2023 5:01 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Years ago, Rebecca Todd and her roommate decided to cap off their first year at Dartmouth College by paddling home on the Connecticut River — from Hanover, New Hampshire to Walpole, New Hampshire.“I wouldn’t say that was the start of my...


Green River Festival sold to DSP Shows
10-13-2023 5:00 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

GREENFIELD — After 36 years of involvement with organizing the Green River Festival, Director Jim Olsen announced Thursday that he and Signature Sounds Presents will be passing the event onto new ownership.DSP Shows, which Olsen touted as a “leading...


$400M to bolster digital equity statewi
10-08-2023 6:00 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — With approximately $400 million in the pipeline for digital equity efforts across the state, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute is taking feedback that will inform plans to grow the availability of internet-connected devices, boost...


10 local schools classified as ‘requiring assistance or intervention’ following MCAS results
10-02-2023 5:00 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA, BELLA LEVAVI, MARY BYRNE and MAX BOWEN

Gill Elementary School and Petersham Center School have emerged as two of the state’s 66 strongest-performing schools relative to MCAS test taking, while 10 others in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region have been classified as “requiring...


Virginia man pushes preservation of Greenfield general’s Civil War monument
10-01-2023 5:02 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — A Virginia man has made it his mission to preserve in perpetuity a modest monument dedicated in his town to Lt. Col. Russell Hastings, a Greenfield native who was severely wounded in 1864 during the Third Battle of Winchester in the...


GCC enrollment on the rise
09-20-2023 4:12 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD – After more than a decade of declining enrollment, Greenfield Community College saw its largest percentage increase this fall since 2010, according to school officials.This semester also marked the highest number of applications received...


Local advocates press Healey to fund Municipal Reforestation Program
09-07-2023 10:03 AM

By MARY BYRNE

Franklin County advocates were among the 21 groups and 258 people to sign a letter sent to the Healey administration on Tuesday, encouraging passage of a bill that would provide funding for a Municipal Reforestation Program. The letter asks that the...


Franklin County Fair balancing thrill shows, agricultural roots in 174th year
09-05-2023 12:30 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...


Solar panels donated to Greenfield
09-04-2023 5:02 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD –  Within a few months of moving to Greenfield, William “Bill” Ashley reached out to the solar energy company on Wells Street and inquired about installing solar panels on his roof.“The property was set up for that,” he said of Green River...


Florida man arrested, charged in Turners Falls shooting case
08-31-2023 3:36 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — The Florida man who was the subject of an hours-long search on Tuesday after allegedly shooting an Athol man in the thigh was arrested as a vehicle passenger in Holyoke later that day and arraigned in Greenfield District Court on...


Gov. Healey’s budget cut puts region’s antipoverty services in jeopardy
08-24-2023 5:01 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — Community Action Pioneer Valley is looking at scaling back a host of programs that support low-income residents throughout the Valley after Gov. Maura Healey this month vetoed significant funding for the state’s 23 community action...


Locals ready for Pan-Mass Challenge
08-03-2023 8:09 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

Last year, Robert Graves spotted someone wearing a Pan-Mass Challenge T-Shirt and struck up a conversation.Graves quickly learned the man was a fellow rider in the annual charity bike ride and listened to the stranger share a story about his wife’s...


Franklin County schools land nearly $300K for security upgrades
07-24-2023 4:05 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

Four school districts in the region will upgrade their security measures with the help of a state grant.The Pioneer Valley Regional, Hawlemont Regional, Four Rivers Charter Public and Warwick school districts each received Safer Schools and...


$100K grant to support art therapy for youths impacted by family substance use
07-18-2023 2:20 PM

By MARY BYRNE

With funding from a $100,000 U.S. Department of Justice grant, a new after-school program will be available for North Quabbin youths who have been impacted by parents or guardians with a substance use disorder.Beginning at the start of the school year...


Legislature urged to adopt permanent meals program
06-28-2023 4:36 PM

By MARY BYRNE

Dozens of superintendents, including a handful from the Franklin County and North Quabbin regions, have signed a letter to lawmakers urging them to make permanent the universal meals program School Meals for All, rather than just extend it another...

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