High lead levels found in  fountains, sinks in South Hadley schools
Aug17

High lead levels found in fountains, sinks in South Hadley schools

SOUTH HADLEY — Multiple water sources at South Hadley’s schools were found to have levels of lead “above the actionable level,” according to a statement by the superintendent to parents and staff. The findings come after the district received a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to test the schools’ water sources for copper and lead. Three water fountains at the high school, two sinks at Mosier...

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Was a great white shark to blame for Cape Cod attack?
Aug17

Was a great white shark to blame for Cape Cod attack?

TRURO — On a windswept dune overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, hastily erected signs warned Cape Cod beachgoers to stay out of the water on Thursday, a day after a New York man became the first person to be attacked by a shark off the coast of Massachusetts since 2012. The victim, William Lytton, of Scarsdale, New York, was airlifted to a hospital in Boston, where he was being treated for deep puncture wounds to his torso and leg after...

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Farmers, DPW talk: How crops, trees are weathering the rain
Aug16

Farmers, DPW talk: How crops, trees are weathering the rain

This month’s unrelenting rain has swollen rivers and streams, flooded farm fields and kept pollinators from turning vegetable blossoms into fruit. Greenfield alone has received at least three times more rain this month than in August 2017, according to Department of Public Works’ weather records. As of Thursday, Greenfield saw nearly 9 inches of rainfall this month. By this time last year, it had 2½ inches of rainfall. “There’s an old...

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Ocean State Job Lot stores going green
Aug16

Ocean State Job Lot stores going green

ATHOL  — Ocean State Job Lot, a privately held, family-operated discount retail chain with 131 stores in New England, has included its Athol store in a companywide investment in green energy and electricity savings. The chain is upgrading to LED lightbulbs and advanced lighting control systems in all its retails locations, as well as in its 1.5 million-square-foot distribution center. Once installed, in combination with the state of...

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PHOTOS: Might the dogs days be over?
Aug16

PHOTOS: Might the dogs days be over?

Arthur Samuelson throws a stick for his dog on a misty morning by the Deerfield River in Shelburne. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the “Dog Days of Summer” refer to the most oppressive period of heat between July 3 and Aug. 11. In Franklin County, high temperatures into early next week are predicted to be in the high 70s and low 80s, a reprieve from the 90-degree temperatures of recent weeks. “Dog Days Are Over” is a song by the...

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PHOTOS: Might the dog days be over?
Aug16

PHOTOS: Might the dog days be over?

Arthur Samuelson throws a stick for his dog on a misty morning by the Deerfield River in Shelburne. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the “Dog Days of Summer” refer to the most oppressive period of heat between July 3 and Aug. 11. In Franklin County, high temperatures into early next week are predicted to be in the high 70s and low 80s, a reprieve from the 90-degree temperatures of recent weeks. “Dog Days Are Over” is a song by the...

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