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Bright overhead lights illuminate the large operating room, known as "the dance hall," in Baystate Franklin Medical Center's new surgical wing. 
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Baystate Franklin Medical Center previews new surgical wing

Monday, February 8, 2016

GREENFIELD — A flick of a switch, and the members of the Baystate Franklin Medical Center Auxiliary let out a shout of surprise and squinted against the glare as they were bathed in clean fluorescent light, as bright as any summer day. “We call this the ‘dance hall,’” quipped Director of Surgical Services Beverly Pomeroy, sweeping her arm in an … 0

Markey: Canadian natural gas export OK confirms plans for area pipeline

Monday, February 8, 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy’s approval of U.S. natural gas export overseas from two proposed Canadian export terminals last week confirms Congressman Edward Markey’s “long-standing … 2

Conway voters unanimously pass bylaw aimed at hindering pipeline

Monday, February 8, 2016

CONWAY — Residents made their voices heard on the Kinder Morgan pipeline by voting unanimously to adopt a town bylaw to regulate noise, earth removal, … 0

Winter carnival: Hot chili, cool contests & some last-minute snow

Sunday, February 7, 2016

“Bacon!” said Amber Ortiz of Greenfield. “Man, that’s delicious,” she said after taking a bite of chili at the annual chili cook-off at Beacon Field during Greenfield’s Winter Carnival on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Ortiz is one of … 0

Lean, green learning machine: Winter farmers market hosts sustainability workshops

Sunday, February 7, 2016

GREENFIELD — The annual Greenfield Winter Fare event at the indoor Farmers Market offered much more than fresh, local foods Saturday. Visitors from all over the Pioneer Valley flocked to the newly renovated Greenfield High School for the … 0

About Town: All the region's a stage

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Mid-life crises manifest themselves in all kinds of ways. Mine involves wearing elaborate hats, attempting to speak with Southern and Eastern European accents, and learning insiders’ jargon such as “ghost light,” “spike tape” and “merde.” I am late to the theater world, having only started in 2009. By … 0

Seniors ambivalent about combined youth/senior center

Sunday, February 7, 2016

GREENFIELD — The idea of incorporating a youth component into the new Senior Center building, which was raised during January’s Town Council meeting, is drawing mixed reactions from seniors. While some say they are in favor of a … 1

Pioneer cuts 7 classroom paraprofessionals in preliminary budget

Sunday, February 7, 2016

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District will cut several positions to keep next year’s budget down. Superintendent Ruth Miller saved the district from spending more than $150,000 by eliminating seven union-based classroom paraprofessionals in order to keep next year’s budget increase at under 2 percent. Miller … 0

Gas pipeline opponents to walk, picket on Presidents Day

Sunday, February 7, 2016

GREENFIELD — Walkers who oppose the Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct pipeline will walk on Presidents Day, Feb. 15, from Greenfield Community College to the First Congregational Church at 43 Silver St. between 10 a.m. and noon, according … 0

In NH, Sanders tops ‘honest’ category in UMass poll

Sunday, February 7, 2016

AMHERST — More Republicans view Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders as more honest than almost all of their own candidates, according to a poll released Sunday by the University of Massachusetts Amherst and WBZ-TV in Boston. Among likely Republican voters in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, 66 percent found … 0

United Way to hold Supper For Six event Tuesday

Sunday, February 7, 2016

GREENFIELD — Kids eat — a lot. And for many poor families, the lunch they have at school may be the biggest meal they have each day. But during winter break in February, those students don’t have access to that daily meal. That’s where the United Way’s Supper … 0

Snowstorm surprises area, dumps 5 inches

Friday, February 5, 2016

GREENFIELD — The storm that ended a snow drought and provided a white blanket for this weekend’s Winter Carnival also closed Interstate 91 for much of the day and caused a spate of minor accidents across Franklin County … 0

Greenfield Winter Carnival starts today

Friday, February 5, 2016

GREENFIELD — Call it a stroke of luck that snowfall on Friday kicked off the Greenfield Winter Carnival, which continues through the weekend. The annual event put on by the town’s recreation department includes fireworks, sleigh rides, ice … 0