GCC plants tree in honor of Nelson Mandela

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — To remember the late Nelson Mandela’s belief that all life is divine, a group of 25 planted a tree in his honor outside Greenfield Community College as part of an Earth Day ceremony Tuesday. Mandela — the late South African president, activist and peacemaker — believed in a philosophy known as “ubuntu,” which led him to forgive the … 0

MTC director to retire

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

CHARLEMONT — It was in the late 1960s that musicians Ruth and Arnold Black came up from New York City one summer to visit composer … 0

Cell tower could benefit Pioneer district

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

NORTHFIELD — A deal in the works could bring the Pioneer Valley Regional School District $2 million over 25 years. The district has negotiated a … 0

Ukrainians in west despondent over Russian moves in east

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is one of an occasional series of dispatches on the crisis in Ukraine as reported by Tetiana Ostapenko, a Ukrainian journalist with ties to Franklin County. NEMYRIV, Ukraine — In the eastern cities of our country terrorists captured the administrative buildings, smashed Ukrainian flags and … 0

Tapestry Health seeks fix for money problems

Monday, April 21, 2014

Two months after eliminating jobs and seeing its longtime chief executive officer resign, leaders of Tapestry Health say the organization is battling its way out of debt and is committed to a recovery within three years. The Northampton-based nonprofit agency, which serves Franklin County, is adding board of … 0

Leverett to vote on drone limits

Monday, April 21, 2014

Town meeting in Leverett will consider a resolution calling on the federal government to end the use of drones for assassinations on foreign soil and to enact regulations on the use of the unmanned aircraft in the United States. It would ask U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward … 0

Virtual school looks to expand enrollment

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — With a new downtown space and independence from the Greenfield School Department, the town’s public virtual school is ready to grow and will look to enroll about 850 students next year. The Massachusetts Virtual Academy at … 0

Farmers Market to reopen for season Saturday

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Spring is back, and so is the Greenfield Farmers Market. Starting Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Greenfield’s Court Square and town common will come alive with farmers, artisans, musicians and more for the 40th season of … 0

National Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Old prescription medicines can pose hazards for children, and flushing may pose problems for the environment. So, area residents are encouraged to look to their medicine cabinets for unused prescription drugs Saturday for the latest national prescription drug take-back day, with collection locations around the county. Prescription drugs … 0

Progressive dinner to help library

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

BUCKLAND — Supporters of the Buckland Public Library are once again holding its Historic Upper Buckland Progressive Dinner fundraiser, on Saturday at 5 p.m. It involves a leisurely stroll along upper Buckland’s historic district and a three-course meal at three historic houses. The event will begin at the … 0

Garage site back on Buckland meeting warrant

Monday, April 21, 2014

BUCKLAND — Buying town garage land in Charlemont is back on the table at this year’s annual town meeting, along with requests to OK borrowing for school building improvements at Mohawk Trail Regional School and at the Buckland Shelburne Elementary School. The annual town meeting will be held … 0

15 years and growing: Greenfield community garden celebration set for Saturday

Monday, April 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Life is returning to the Pleasant Street Community Garden after this arduous winter. The first leaves of lettuce and the first buds of garlic are beginning to emerge from the soil, and the gardeners have been … 0

Charlemont native finishes Marathon, beats fundraising goal

Monday, April 21, 2014

BOSTON — Even before she took her first step in the Boston Marathon Monday morning in Hopkinton, Charlemont native Erinn (Rancourt) Fleming not only met — but beat her $10,000 fundraising goal for the Joe Andruzzi Foundation (JAF), which raises money for people with cancer and their families. … 0