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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

Athol man charged with rape of disabled woman

Friday, December 19, 2014

ATHOL — A local man has been arrested on charges that he raped a 20-year-old developmentally disabled woman. Richard G. LeFrancois, 44, has been charged with two counts of rape and four count of indecent assault and battery on a person with a disability. He is being held … 0

Orange stores hold blackout protest of electric rates

Thursday, December 18, 2014

ORANGE — A recent hike in electricity rates caused two local businesses to turn out the lights Thursday. They’re not out of business, though — in fact, there were more customers in the Millers River Cafe and Trail … 0

Residents vexed by hype over Cosby allegations

Thursday, December 18, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Sawyer News Co., with its spread of local and national newspapers and racks of magazines, has always been the place to go for news. The headlines on newspapers and the gossipy tabloids often spark lively … 0

Police: Bathroom bandit busted

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — An Athol man accused of robbing someone at knifepoint in a local bar’s bathroom was arrested in Winchendon early Thursday morning. Jason Comeau, 40, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Thursday to charges of armed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon and larceny over $250, and … 0

Like a ‘vacation from Hell’

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD – Thirty-four-year-old “Kate” was working in a doggie day care to support her two young daughters after fleeing an abusive relationship when she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety. “I had a breakdown and … 0

Local legislators vow to look into hotel homeless

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — The state’s likely next Senate president, Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst, said he has had numerous meetings and discussions over the past few weeks about homeless, especially those living in hotels. “It’s a persistent and stubborn problem and one that doesn’t have an easy answer,” said Rosenberg. … 0

Help raise up the poor: simple to say, but apparently too hard to do

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — The one word you’ll hear time and again when talking about homelessness with state legislators and other policy makers in Massachusetts is “complicated.” Robyn Frost, executive director of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, said the coalition is working hard to make policies that end homelessness, … 0

Marie Putala named Recorder Citizen of Year

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Marie Putala is so self-effacing about her not-so-random acts of kindness that when she overheard friends’ efforts to nominate her to be Recorder Citizen of the Year, she immediately put the kibosh on it. “I said, ‘No way! … 0

Vermonter could be first spike in path of new rail future — or not

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is the first of four stories about planned expansion of passenger rail in the Pioneer Valley and the return of Amtrak service to Greenfield. The Dec. 29 return of Vermonter service to Greenfield and Northampton … 0

Berkshire Gas invokes moratorium

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — Saying the natural gas pipeline that provides gas to much of the Pioneer Valley is nearing capacity, Berkshire Gas Co. has imposed a moratorium on new customers in Greenfield, Deerfield, Montague and Whately. The decision has the potential to stifle economic development in the affected towns … 0