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$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...


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...


SoulFest organizers set sights on Greenfield for 2024
06-27-2023 2:35 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — Organizers of SoulFest, the Christian music festival that had planned to come to Northfield this summer before shifting course amid pushback from residents, still have their sights set on Franklin County — this time, for 2024.SoulFest...


Longtime favorites, local newcomers take the stage for 36th annual Green River Festival
06-20-2023 4:15 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

GREENFIELD — When it comes to enjoying music outdoors, the Green River Festival is tough to beat. The festival, one of the largest and most anticipated summer events that is now in its 36th year, will take place June 23 through June 25 at the Franklin...


Community Legal Aid partners with area medical centers
06-19-2023 4:33 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD – A local organization that provides free legal services to low-income and elderly residents has partnered with Baystate Franklin Medical Center and the Community Health Center of Franklin County to help provide free civil legal services to...


Barts Ice Cream ordered to pay fines, restitution
06-16-2023 3:05 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD – A local ice cream company that sells its product in stores throughout New England has been ordered by the state to return $60,000 to investors who were sold unregistered percentage interests.A percentage interest is a percent ownership in...


Workplace support can save lives for people in recovery
06-13-2023 4:55 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GREENFIELD — The most effective treatment for substance use disorder doesn’t come from friends and family alone. Rather, it starts in the workplace. With various barriers to workforce reentry for those in recovery blocking this powerful resource, the...


MassHire Franklin Hampshire on Munson St.
06-11-2023 1:47 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD – MassHire Franklin Hampshire is settling into its new digs, having moved from Arch Place to the Greenfield Corporate Center at the end of May.The quasi-governmental agency connecting workers with employers opened to customers at 101 Munson...


State expected to provide funds for school cellphone bans
05-30-2023 9:42 AM

By MAX BOWEN AND MARY BYRNE

The state’s K-12 education department is encouraging districts to restrict or ban students’ cellphone use in schools, possibly moving toward a statewide mandate in the future.Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Commissioner Jeffrey...


Athol real estate agent makes appearance on “House Hunters”
05-26-2023 5:42 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL — Olivia Paras got to see one of her favorite shows from a different angle when she joined HGTV’s “House Hunters.”The episode, “Family Basecamp in Massachusetts,” aired on May 17, and Paras, who works as a realtor at LAER Realty Partners in...

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