Lightning in US is killing fewer people than ever
Jan17

Lightning in US is killing fewer people than ever

Like most nonfatal lightning strikes, the one outside the Aventura Mall in Florida was not a direct hit. The bolt of electricity struck the victim’s umbrella, entered through his hand and left through his foot. “The gentleman holding the umbrella sustained significant electrical injuries, but his outcome was very good,” said Dr. Randy Katz, medical director of emergency services at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, who has...

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PHOTOS: Gill authorities respond to vehicle rollover
Jan17

PHOTOS: Gill authorities respond to vehicle rollover

Emergency crews respond to the scene of a vehicle rollover on Main Road in Gill during Tuesday’s snow. It is unknown if the crash was attributed to the weather conditions. With today’s forecasted snowfall, motorists are reminded to continue to use caution on the roads.

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Local students get environmental instruction from AmeriCorps volunteers
Jan16

Local students get environmental instruction from AmeriCorps volunteers

BERNARDSTON — When Christian McGrath and Aletha Spang walked to the front of Jennifer Comiskey’s third-grade class one recent Wednesday morning, McGrath enthusiastically asked the students, “How much did you miss us?” The room echoed with exclamations. “A lot!” shouted one. “Bunches!” yelled another. McGrath, 25, and Spang, 21, are weekly visitors to the Bernardston Elementary School classrooms. As volunteers with AmeriCorps, the two...

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Evacuees home again, but ice threat lingers near Millers River
Jan16

Evacuees home again, but ice threat lingers near Millers River

ATHOL — Jack Stafford, 67, awoke at 4 a.m. Saturday to a splintering bang that sounded like a car crash. He leaped from his bed and raced out the front door of his riverside apartment at 28 Morton Meadows, but found nothing of the sort. Mere feet from Stafford’s back door, however, massive chunks of ice roiled in a churning Millers River, which had overflowed its banks by a good 10 feet. “The ice was hitting so hard it woke me up. I...

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Some evacuees return home after Athol ice jam flooding
Jan15

Some evacuees return home after Athol ice jam flooding

ATHOL — Eleven people were back home in Morton Meadows housing complex on Monday, two days after being evacuated when a mass of ice broke free along the Millers River and causing flooding concerns when it swept away three steel brackets securing a 10-inch water main underneath the Exchange Street Bridge. Athol Town Manager Shaun A. Suhoski said 26 residents were evacuated as a precaution Saturday morning, but those living in Buildings...

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Northfield accessible trail expected to open in June
Jan15

Northfield accessible trail expected to open in June

NORTHFIELD — After about three years of planning and trail work, Mount Grace Land Stewardship Director Jay Rasku says Northfield’s first universally accessible trail could see its grand opening on June 2. The half-mile loop of public trail donated by Bill and Nancy Ames is referred to as the Gunnery Sgt. Jeffrey S. Ames Trail within the Alderbrook Meadows Sanctuary off Route 63. While the trail itself was complete by snowfall, Rasku...

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