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Past articles by Melina:

Extravaganja to be held at Franklin County Fairgrounds

GREENFIELD — Extravaganja is coming to Greenfield’s Franklin County Fairgrounds this April after trying to host the event in Northampton and Holyoke.The event is “a political rally that has been bringing the cannabis community in western Mass. and... → Read More

Rally protests Baystate’s plan to close 3 mental health units

HOLYOKE — Over 40 people gathered Monday to protest Baystate Health’s closure plan at the former site of the Holyoke Geriatric Authority building, which was purchased by Baystate and US HealthVest to build a for-profit mental health facility.Baystate... → Read More

HUD awards $1.9M grant to address youth homelessness in Franklin County

SPRINGFIELD — Community Action Pioneer Valley is the recipient of a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for work to end youth homelessness.Along with the city of Springfield, which received $2.4 million, 21... → Read More

Baystate Health reviewing partnership with US HealthVest after Seattle Times investigation

GREENFIELD — Baystate Health has announced it’s reviewing its alliance with US HealthVest, the for-profit company with which it has partnered to build a behavioral health hospital in Holyoke that would mean the closure of Greenfield’s East Spoke... → Read More

Valley Flyer passenger train to make first run Friday

GREENFIELD — The expanded Amtrak, in conjunction with state Department of Transportation, is launching a new state-supported seven-day-a-week north-south passenger train to be known as the Valley Flyer on Friday.The train will travel along the... → Read More

Big Y eliminates plastic bags at all locations Aug. 1

Big Y Foods Inc. announced it will eliminate single-use plastic bags at the checkouts from its more than 80 supermarket locations in Massachusetts and Connecticut on Aug. 1.The stores will offer discounts on reusable bags through the month of August... → Read More

After 45 years, class ring found in Sunderland field, returned to owner

GREENFIELD — Forty-five years after graduating from Greenfield High School, Caroline Abercrombie not only reunited with classmates on Friday, but with her class ring.The ring was unearthed in a field at Thomas Farm and Dairy in Sunderland just two... → Read More

Steady wins timber framing race: Former teacher from Leverett starts business

LEVERETT — Timber framer Patrick Sullivan’s first client told him, “You’re as slow as molasses, but your work is beautiful.”Sullivan, a Leverett resident who used to be a Greenfield Middle School science teacher, said he is slow and methodical in his... → Read More

Ja’Duke expansion nears completion

MONTAGUE — With a full schedule for its 2019 season, local performing arts group, preschool and driving school Ja’Duke Center for the Performing Arts is nearing the end of a significant expansion.With an opening date of Friday, Sept. 13, Kimberly... → Read More

Castaways in Whately to have new owners by summer

WHATELY — By summer, the Castaways Lounge will operate under new ownership.The prospective buyers of the strip club, Nicholas Spagnola and Julius Sokol, plan on closing on the sale in the next couple of months, Spagnola confirmed Thursday. He hopes to... → Read More

Deerfield Academy commencement: Change and tradition

DEERFIELD — “Some things should change, some things should not, and knowing which is which makes all the difference,” said Dehdan Miller, former deputy director at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and graduation speaker at Deerfield... → Read More

Vigil remembers Meaghan Burns, victims of gun violence

GREENFIELD – Inside the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, next to a poster for Meaghan Burns’ vigil, a piece of paper read, “The church may be empty, but know you are not alone.”But Wednesday night, when the church pews were filled and... → Read More

Body recovered on Mt. Toby

SUNDERLAND — A body was found by two hikers on Mount Toby around 12:45 p.m. Sunday, triggering an hourslong recovery involving multiple agencies and two drones.The body was found in a cave structure on the west side of Mount Toby. Both trail... → Read More

Eliza Harper’s parents hope their example can help others

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Twenty-six-year-old Eliza Harper was open, supportive, authentic, beautiful, funny and smart, a nurturer, according to her family. She was also a heroin addict for the past five years.Recently, her father Daniel Harper brought her... → Read More

Smokehouse brings barbecue to Montague

MONTAGUE — After some anticipation, the North Village Smokehouse at 32 Federal St. in Millers Falls is open.Owner Sean Keller and chefs Sammy Kochan and Sean Elliot have brought slow-smoking Texas barbecue to Millers Falls.The restaurant offers pulled... → Read More

NH teen held on $1M bail in trooper stabbing

NEW SALEM — The New Hampshire teen who was shot after allegedly stabbing a state trooper on Friday afternoon remains hospitalized at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, the Northwestern District Attorney’s office said... → Read More

Franklin County Fair parade delights — even when wet

GREEENFIELD — It may rain on a parade, but people will take a shine to watching one. And that’s what happened Thursday, as hundreds gathered along downtown streets to watch and march in the parade that kicked off the 170th Franklin County Fair... → Read More

Food insecurity focus of state Senate debate

MONTAGUE — In their second consecutive forum this week, the four Senate candidates running for the Democratic nomination for the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester District agreed Tuesday night that more funding is needed to help tackle food insecurity... → Read More

K-9 Officer Sunny retires from Montague PD

MONTAGUE — After seven years of sniffing out drugs and tracking down suspects, K-9 Sunny will enjoy his golden years as a full-time family pet.The German shepherd retired from the Montague Police Department Monday following a unanimous vote from the... → Read More

Conway church starts new chapter after 250 years

CONWAY — With ice cream and music by the Athol Congregation Church’s band, the United Congregational Church of Conway celebrated 250 years on Saturday, near the site where the original church was in 1768.There was free ice cream available for people... → Read More