Coverage of Franklin County, Massachusetts.

Town hall in Greenfield, Massachusetts.
File Photo / Daily Hampshire Gazette /

In our look back at news of the week, we check in on the mayoral race in Greenfield, Massachusetts. There's an open seat after the incumbent, Bill Martin, decided not to run for another term.

A birthday cake with candles.
Andy Eick / Creative Commons /

Tears flooded my pillow on the eve of my fifth birthday.

The Connecticut River in autumn from the French King Bridge.
Kimon Berlin / Creative Commons /

There's no single, quick protocol to make sure the public knows when untreated sewage or wastewater makes its way into rivers in Massachusetts. But a bill to create a timely, uniform notification process is sitting in a legislative committee. 

A mosquito.
Volkmar Becher / Public Domain

Updated 3:40 p.m.

A third Massachusetts resident has died of the mosquito-borne illness Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE.

Homeless shelter beds in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Heather Brandon / NEPR

Communities in Franklin County and the city of Springfield, Massachusetts, will get federal money to try innovative approaches to reducing and eliminating youth homelessness.