FRANKLIN COUNTY

Coverage of Franklin County, Massachusetts.

Poets in western Massachusetts contributed to the book "Compass Roads." Clockwise from top left, Forrest Proper, Marian Kent, editor Jane Yolen, and Diana Gordon.
Carrie Healy / NEPR

I stood in a field of dirt beside the Connecticut River on a very cold but sunny day, considering what about this setting might inspire a person to write poetry.

Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Massachusetts.
Paul Franz / Daily Hampshire Gazette

A judge has ruled that Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Massachusetts, violated federal labor laws.

A sign in front of St. Anne Church in Chicopee, Massachusetts, announcing the day of prayer.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

Some Catholics in western Massachusetts heeded the call of their bishop Monday and headed to church to pray for victims of clergy abuse and their families.

Massachusetts Route 8A northbound entering Heath, Massachusetts.
John Phelan / Creative Commons

Residents of Heath, Massachusetts, chose not to sell an empty school building to a cannabis company this week. 

Outgoing Chicopee, Massachusetts, Mayor Richard Kos.
John Suchocki / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Chicopee, Massachusetts, Mayor Richard Kos said he's not running for re-election. This creates at least the second race for an open mayoral seat in western Mass. this year. 

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