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Long-time Adopt-A-Family coordinator says goodbye to post

Friday, December 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Laurie and Thomas Wilton of Charlemont had planned to give their 4-year-old daughter, Jessica, as good a Christmas as any. Then, they both became unemployed last year due to disabilities. A Christmas with presents under the tree didn’t seem possible . As the Wiltons stood in a long line at Saint James Episcopal Church Friday afternoon, Laurie Wilton … 0

Salvation Army facing kettle drive shortfall

Friday, December 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — With four days left until Christmas Eve, the Salvation Army is running short on cash for its annual Red Kettle Campaign and asking … 0

Greenfield residents look to help neighbors

Friday, December 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — A group of Greenfield residents are bringing more good will to Christmas as they work to collect gifts for needy families this year. … 0

Rosenberg rising

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg was named chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee in 1996, he said time would tell whether the job would be the pinnacle of his career or just a step … 0

What are costs to town?

Friday, December 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Town Council Vice President Karen “Rudy” Renaud has asked the council president to consider creating a special subcommittee to investigate how much homeless families living in local hotels are costing the town. And then she wants to consider sending the state a bill. “I am requesting … 0

Next stop: Commuter rail

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Now that the decades-long dream of a high-speed train zooming along the Connecticut River valley is a lock, the region’s leaders expect to turn their attention to the next significant game-changer — a commuter rail system … 0

Monday’s inaugural ride set to arrive at Olver Center around 3

Friday, December 19, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick is expected to lead an inaugural ride on Amtrak’s Vermonter service along the Knowledge Corridor Monday afternoon. Later that night, the Ward 3 Neighborhood Association in Northampton will hold a forum to discuss the project and hear a safety presentation from an Amtrak officer. That … 0

Protest interrupts Citizen of Year breakfast

Friday, December 19, 2014

DEERFIELD — Friday’s Franklin County Chamber of Commerce breakfast was Marie Putala’s moment, receiving her Recorder Citizen of the Year award for her decades of reaching out to a diverse community of people with an array of needs. … 0

Applied Dynamics has new owner

Friday, December 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Applied Dynamics Corp. on Butternut Street has a new owner. Mike Hogan, who came from Middletown, Ohio, to Holyoke in 1980, recently took ownership of the local company, which has been selling and repairing industrial motors … 0

Living Nativity in Whately on Sunday

Friday, December 19, 2014

WHATELY — The traditional Christmas story of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem will be brought to life in Whately Sunday afternoon, when Whately First Congregational Church holds its annual living nativity event. The festivities start at 3 in the shed behind the church, located at 177 Chestnut … 0

GMS gets a taste of the world

Friday, December 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Dozens of Greenfield families became immersed in a world of coqui frogs, Guatemalan masks, Japanese hand fans and appetizing potato latkes, Italian pizza and salsa and nachos Wednesday evening as flags from around the world waved … 0

Police offer holiday vacation house-checks

Friday, December 19, 2014

While you’re away on holiday vacation, someone could be watching your home. Whether they’re there to pilfer it or protect may be in your hands. Police departments across the county are offering holiday house checks for people who let them know they’ll be away on vacation. Greenfield residents … 0

F.Y.E. closing Main St. store

Friday, December 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — It appears music store f.y.e., also known as “For Your Entertainment,” at 238 Main St. is closing. Signs in the window read “Going Out of Business” and offer going out of business discounts of between 30 and 50 percent on everything. A phone call to the … 0