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Holy Trinity Church to get $500,000 makeover

Friday, April 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — The interior of Holy Trinity Church on Main Street is about to get a $500,000 makeover. Deacon Channing “Joe” Bete said the Catholic church board went to parishioners in January, after deciding it was time to do some work on the interior of the church, and asked if they would be willing to contribute. “They answered us in … 0

Plastic ban proposal could go to voters this fall

Friday, April 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — A citizens group that wants to ban plastic bags, plastic bottles and plastic foam containers in town has submitted its third proposal in … 0

Berkshire Gas rep. makes case for pipeline

Friday, April 24, 2015

DEERFIELD — Berkshire Gas Co. spokesman Christopher Farrell made a case with the region’s business leaders Friday for what he called a “critical need” for … 3

Sunderland backs lower budget at town meeting

Friday, April 24, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Sunderland has become the first of the Frontier Regional School district towns to approve Superintendent Martha Barrett’s original, no-increase budget for next year. The townspeople’s vote was a stand against the regional School Committee’s decision in March to restore funding for six positions that would have … 0

Greenfield trees coming down faster than being planted

Friday, April 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — While some people have expressed concern about “an aggressive attempt” by the town’s Public Works Department to remove trees in and around the downtown area, the town’s tree warden says removal of about 12 to 15 … 1

Embezzling case against Greenfield woman dismissed

Friday, April 24, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Embezzling charges have been dropped against a Greenfield woman accused of stealing more than $21,000 from her boss, because of his inability to testify. Rebecca Phillips, 45, of Wisdom Way, was charged with a single count of larceny over $250 for allegedly stealing thousands from … 0

Consultant to help develop signage for Greenfield destinations

Friday, April 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — A consultant will soon begin working with the town to find ways to improve signs, pavement markings, lighting and other features that can lead people to destination spots within the downtown and beyond. Maureen Pollock, the town’s conservation agent and assistant planner, said Greenfield has received … 0

Elmer’s Nan Parati chosen as CDC’s entrepreneur of year

Friday, April 24, 2015

ASHFIELD — Elmer’s Store owner Nan Parati will be the recipient of the Franklin County Community Development Corp.’s fifth annual Haas Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The award, named for Hillside Plastics founder Richard Haas, honors “business owners … 0

Renovations begin on Greenfield Sandri station

Friday, April 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — A.R. Sandri Co. has begun the renovation of its full-service gas station at 295 Federal St., where it is adding a convenience store that will sell beer and wine. According to Chief Operating Officer Michael Behn, … 0

Community can weigh in on BFMC Tuesday

Friday, April 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Do you have any questions, ideas and concerns about Baystate Franklin Medical Center? The Community Health Care Initiative is holding an informal drop-in discussion to learn residents’ ideas about the local hospital on Tuesday from 4 … 0

New Salem man arrested on child rape, related charges

Friday, April 24, 2015

NEW SALEM — A local man has turned himself in to face charges of child rape and other offenses. Andrew Ohlson, 46, of 52 Whitaker Road, was arrested Friday morning on one count of child rape and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person under … 0

GCC assembling first class for Elms College B.A. degree

Friday, April 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Following its announcement of a new full-time bachelorette program for graduating GCC business students, Greenfield Community College and Elms College have begun recruiting students this week for the fall program. The program is unique to GCC business marketing and management students. It would have them begin … 0

Learn about two proposed Historic Districts in Gill Tuesday

Friday, April 24, 2015

GILL — The town Historical Commission is holding a public meeting for those interested in recent efforts to nominate the proposed “Gill Center” and “Riverside” historic districts to the National Register of Historic Places. The meeting will take place Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Gill Fire Station, … 0