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Teen accused in Montague stabbing faces murder charge

GREENFIELD — Elijah Michonski was arraigned in Greenfield District Court Monday afternoon on charges of murder and other crimes related to a violent incident in Montague on Friday night.Michonski, 18, of Montague, allegedly forced entry into the... → Read More

Students demonstrate for social reform in South Deerfield

SOUTH DEERFIELD — High school students led a march for racial justice on Saturday.Organizers explained that they are advocating not only for police reform, but also for changes in high school history curricula to better include Black history.A crowd... → Read More

DA: Two face life-threatening injuries in stabbing, man arrested in Montague

MONTAGUE — A violent incident early Friday evening led to two people being hospitalized with life-threatening injuries and one man arrested and charged with multiple crimes.According to the Northwestern district attorney’s office, Elijah Michonski,... → Read More

Great Falls? Turners Falls village name under fire

TURNERS FALLS — An organized effort to change the name of Montague’s largest village has quickly gained support over the last two weeks, and is likely on track for a Town Meeting vote.An online petition asking to change the name of Turners Falls to... → Read More

Firefighters continue to battle Leverett forest fire

LEVERETT — A forest fire on Joshua Hill that broke out Thursday morning still was not fully under control by late Sunday morning, but was relatively more contained than it had been, Leverett Fire Chief John Ingram said.As of Sunday morning the fire... → Read More

Deerfield voters reject new park proposal

DEERFIELD — Monday’s outdoor Annual Town Meeting was drawn out by a major disagreement over the proposed development of a new public park next to Frontier Regional School.The proposal ultimately failed after the current property owner stated she... → Read More

Mohawk Trail up for national recognition

The Mohawk Trail is being submitted for consideration for inclusion among America’s Byways, a prestigious list of the most scenic roads in the country kept by the U.S. Department of Transportation.The road commonly called the Mohawk Trail is the... → Read More

McGovern talks public health and government action

Governmental support is expected in handling both the immediate public health crisis of COVID-19 and the economic fallout that is expected as containment measures force businesses to scale down.U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Worcester, working remotely... → Read More

Berkshire East buys Zoar Outdoor

CHARLEMONT — Zoar Outdoor, the Charlemont-based outdoor recreation company, has been bought by Berkshire East Mountain Resort. The deal closed Tuesday at an undisclosed price.By all outward appearances, the two companies will not change. Each will... → Read More

Government 101: High school teacher explains how primary voting adds up

SOUTH DEERFIELD — What’s a primary? What’s a superdelegate? Why is Iowa such a big deal? What are we voting for, again?American democracy is complicated. Laura Moore, who teaches government at Frontier Regional School, understands this thoroughly.In... → Read More

Connecting the community through spice: Chilifest brings hot pepper connoisseurs to Sunderland

SUNDERLAND — Probably nowhere but at Chilifest can you taste hot peppers in beer, kombucha, ice cream and even snow cones.“Everybody connects to them in a different way,” said Caroline Pam, whose Kitchen Garden Farm organizes the annual Chilifest,... → Read More

Budding business: Marijuana retail store opens in Montague

MONTAGUE — 253 Farmacy opened last Thursday as the only marijuana retail store in Franklin County with on-site cultivation and manufacturing, and only the second retail store in the county.The store won’t sell its homegrown products until probably... → Read More

Jogger reports attempted abduction in Sunderland

SUNDERLAND — Sunderland Police are looking for any information on a possible attempted abduction that happened around 9 a.m. Sunday on River Road.A female running with her dog on River Road (Route 47, south of central Sunderland) reported she was... → Read More

Jogger reports attempted abduction in Sunderland

SUNDERLAND — Sunderland Police are looking for any information on a possible attempted abduction that happened around 9 a.m. Sunday on River Road.A female running with her dog on River Road (Route 47, south of central Sunderland) reported she was... → Read More

Artistic notebook doodles: Colrain artist finds inspiration in the everyday

Linda Baker-Cimini's pen-and-ink drawings are like notebook doodles turned into an art form. Her subjects are weird hybrid animals, and cock-eyed and bemused humans, rendered with a mix of clean, precise lines and crooked scribbles, sometimes with a... → Read More

Up, up and away at the Green River Festival

GREENFIELD — Music, art, food and fun — there was something for everyone at the Green River Festival this weekend. In its 33rd year, the Green River Festival drew thousands of people from all over — and of all ages — who flocked to three prominent... → Read More

Orange man wins $4M in ‘100X Payout’ game

ORANGE — Chris Shover of Orange is getting a $2.6 million payout from a winning lottery ticket.Shover chose to take a one-time payout of $2.6 million, before taxes, from the ticket’s total prize of $4 million. He said he will use the money to help his... → Read More

​​​EHS Principal Kevin Burke to take job at Pioneer Valley Regional School

NORTHFIELD — Outgoing Easthampton High School Principal Kevin Burke is taking a new job as principal of Pioneer Valley Regional School in Northfield.Burke replaces Principal Jean Bacon, who has been at Pioneer since fall 2016. Bacon announced her... → Read More

Hitchcock Brewing Company moving to Bernardston

BERNARDSTON — Hitchcock Brewing Company is moving from Whately to Bernardston this summer. The new location will have a taproom, a first for the company.Hitchcock will be moving into 203 South St., the big green building next to the Kringle Candle... → Read More

State DEP fines Pan Am, B&M over railroad ties

GREENFIELD — Railroad companies Pan Am and Boston & Maine have been ordered to pay a $90,000 fine by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection for leaving old railroad ties along a line at spots in Buckland, Greenfield and... → Read More