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16 hrs ago | WWLP

Franklin County undecided on casino ballot question

Ballot question 3 asks, "Do you approve of a law that's summarized below?" The proposed law prohibits the Gaming Commission from awarding any gambling licenses, and prohibits developers from building casinos in Massachusetts. If you vote "yes" on question 3, you are voting against casinos being legal, while a "no" vote would keep the law as it is, which allows casinos including an MGM Resort for downtown Springfield.

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Related Topix: Springfield, MA

16 hrs ago | CBS 3 Springfield

Franklin County task force tackles opioid addiction

"So one of the things we know is that most people who come to heroin addiction get there via prescription drug addiction and it's very important that we decrease access in the community," said Marisa Hebble, coordinator for the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the Quabbin Region. On Monday, local and state officials joined dozens of health care providers for a training program at Greenfield Community College to learn strategies for responsible prescribing practices.

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Related Topix: Drug Addiction (Substance Abuse), Health, Holyoke, MA, Springfield, MA

16 hrs ago | WWLP

What's next in battling the heroin & opioid epidemic?

It started with 12 members on the task force and it quickly expanded as more community members expressed their concern. Now over 100 people attend meetings.

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Related Topix: Montague, MA

Mon Sep 15, 2014

The Recorder

Letter: The art scene

We read with great concern Dan Brown's letter of Sept. 8 with its dire assessment of the art scene in Franklin County.

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MassLive.com

National Weather Service issues frost warning for Hampshire and Franklin counties

The National Weather Service has issued the first frost advisory of the season, predicting temperatures down into the low-to-mid-30s in sections of Hampshire and Franklin counties in Massachusetts and into Hillsborough County in southern New Hampshire. The advisory was issued for the time period between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. Monday morning, then temperatures are expected to rise above freezing.

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Related Topix: Weather, Hampshire County, MA

Wed Sep 10, 2014

The Recorder

Exhibits: museums and galleries

Editor's note: These listings, which focus on local galleries and artists, are free.

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Related Topix: Greenfield, MA, Painting, Arts, Poetry, Deerfield, MA, South Deerfield, MA

Wed Sep 03, 2014

The Recorder

2nd district hopefuls vie for GOP rep nod

The sole local primary race in Franklin County on Tuesday pits two North Quabbin Republican women against one another, with the winner going on to challenge two-term incumbent Democrat Rep. Denise Andrews of Orange in November.

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Related Topix: Orange, MA, Athol, MA, Massachusetts, Drugs, Marijuana

The Recorder

Braving the Limelight: Franklin County Fair's Got Talent

Entrants in the children category will perform at the fair Friday on the Community Stage from 6 p.m. to about 7:30 p.m. They will be followed by acts in the adult category, which are expected to perform until about 9 p.m. an Morris of Northfield says she has always considered her talent to be writing and singing parodies.

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Related Topix: Northfield, MA, Deerfield, MA, South Deerfield, MA, Greenfield, MA, Sunderland, MA

MassLive.com

Conway man arrested at gunpoint in Williamsburg released; ordered by...

A Franklin County man arrested at gunpoint in Williamsburg has been ordered to surrender to law enforcement authorities in Putnam County, Florida to answer to cocaine-dealing charges.

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Related Topix: Williamsburg, MA, Conway, MA

The Recorder

Next month

A lot has changed since Massachusetts began its first-in-the nation Agricultural Preservation Restriction program.

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Related Topix: Colrain, MA, Whately, MA

Tue Sep 02, 2014

The Recorder

A Timeless Tradition

When Montague resident Michael Nelson and a friend took over as the organizers of the Franklin County Fair's annual kick-off parade seven years ago, they had no idea what they were getting into.

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Related Topix: Montague, MA, Greenfield, MA

WWLP

Preparations underway for Franklin County Fair

Preparations are underway for the Franklin County Fair. 22News tells you what you can expect this weekend if you head to the fairgrounds in Greenfield.

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Related Topix: Greenfield, MA, Recipes

WWLP

Severe Thunderstorm Warning, Hampshire and Franklin Cty.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect until 2:30 P.M. for eastern Hampshire County, southeastern Franklin County, and west-central Worcester County.

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Related Topix: Hampshire County, MA, Worcester County, MA, Weather, Hailstorm, Natural Disasters, Amherst, MA

Mon Sep 01, 2014

MassLive.com

Retired Greenfield High School music teacher Paul J. Calcari making...

The chorus formed after "we packed the auditorium at the high school" for his last school spring concert that drew alumni to participate in what was his retirement concert, said Kate E. Seaman, one of Calcari's former students who now is administrative director and emcee for the community chorus.

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Related Topix: Westfield, MA, Hadley, MA, South Hadley, MA, Montague, MA, Colrain, MA

Sat Aug 30, 2014

Groton Landmark

State: 4.26M eligible to vote in primary

Unenrolled voters make up 53.1 percent of the 4.26 million registered voters in Massachusetts heading into the Sept.

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Related Topix: Massachusetts, Nantucket, MA, Hampden, MA, Worcester, MA

The Recorder

Letter: Candidate in line with us

I represent a growing minority - I was born in Franklin County, was educated here, went away to college and returned to work, live, purchase a home and make a family in this beautiful area, which has given me so much to be thankful for.

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Related Topix: Beacon Hill (Boston, MA), Boston, MA

The Recorder

County gets 1 applicant for marijuana dispensary

On Friday, four nonprofits submitted applications to run dispensaries in the seven counties without a dispensary applicant.

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Related Topix: Marijuana, Hadley, MA, South Hadley, MA, Greenfield, MA, Whately, MA

Fri Aug 29, 2014

The Recorder

Flash (freeze) forward: New food processing center equipment better for produce flavor, nutrients and - hopefully - sales

It's that time of year when broccoli, peppers and carrots are coming forth, and the Franklin County Food Processing Center is freezing vegetables from area farms for colleges, schools and other institutions around the region.

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Related Topix: Life, Food, Vegetables, Agriculture, Science, Springfield, MA, Holyoke, MA

Thu Aug 28, 2014

The Recorder

Northfield officials oppose gas pipeline

The town has joined the growing list of communities that officially oppose the proposed natural gas pipeline through Franklin County.

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Related Topix: Northfield, MA, Dracut, MA

WWLP

Tourism spending in Franklin County

Quaint shops, bed and breakfasts, and the heart of New England beauty is what draws people to Franklin County from all over the world.

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Related Topix: Shelburne Falls, MA

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