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Staying healthy in the fields

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

DEERFIELD — For seven years, Barrington Lewis has travelled from Jamaica to Deerfield to work and gather vegetables on Atlas Farm during harvest season. During the few months he works on Gideon Porth’s organic farm, Lewis, 50, visits the doctor to get his blood pressure checked and the dentist to have his teeth cleaned as part of the Connecticut River … 0

Lamson & Goodnow files for bankruptcy

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BUCKLAND — The nation’s oldest cutlery business Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co. of Shelburne Falls has filed for bankruptcy after 177 years of making knives … 0

GCC to decide medical marijuana use policy

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — With a medical marijuana dispensary proposed for the downtown, Greenfield Community College is working to develop a policy on whether to allow marijuana … 0

Construction on track for new courthouse

Monday, August 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — The new Greenfield courthouse is coming together on schedule, with piledrivers pounding supports deep into the ground to prepare for its foundation. This month, contractors began driving 134 concrete pilings 30 to 65 feet deep into … 0

Local agencies to host meal for Winslow residents

Monday, August 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — In an effort to build a tighter, more supportive and friendlier community among the 55 residents of the Winslow Apartments on Main and Wells streets, three local social service agencies will host a community meal there for the residents on Thursday. Nicole Fahey of Greenfield Housing … 0

Neighbors: Team Greenfield wins first annual mayors golf tourney

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. You may have read the story I wrote last week about Greenfield Mayor William Martin traveling to Southampton with several teams from town to play in the first annual Western Massachusetts Mayors Cup Golf Tournament to raise money for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Well, … 0

Greenfield school board misses standardized test deadline

Monday, August 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield school officials may no longer be able to decide whether to use MCAS or PARCC standardized tests next year. School districts statewide have been picking which test to take — the old Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment Systems exams or the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness … 0

Cyclist hurt, building damaged in Deerfield Street accident

Monday, August 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — An errant car struck a bicyclist and two parked cars on Deerfield Street Sunday afternoon, sending the cyclist to the hospital and doing minor damage to the Leon L. Sirum and Co. building, according to police. Rebecca F. Clemente, 50, of Holly Ave., was taken to … 0

Deerfield voter registration Wednesday

Monday, August 18, 2014

DEERFIELD — Town clerk’s office hours will be extended this week to allow residents to register to vote in time for the Sept. 9 primary. The last day to register is Wednesday. The Town Clerk’s Office will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Residents may also … 0

Community ingredients

Sunday, August 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — The bar of the Hope and Olive restaurant was strewn with vegetable scraps, knives, cutting boards and cooked chicken carcasses Sunday afternoon, as volunteers busily sliced, chopped and shredded the ingredients for a meal to feed … 0

Of two minds on tax holiday

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Of life’s two constants, death and taxes, one took a holiday this weekend. The response was mixed. The unofficially-annual Massachusetts sales tax holiday lifted the 6.25 percent surcharge Saturday and Sunday, a tradition begun by legislators in 2004 in hopes of giving businesses a mid-summer shot in the … 0

Heath Fairs pulls out all the stops

Sunday, August 17, 2014

HEATH — As the green flag came down with a swish of air, 8-year-old Travis Eastman, of Colrain, gunned the engine of his green Cub Cadet tractor and the concrete-block covered sled hitched to the back of it … 0

Town may swap small piece of land with local tire company

Sunday, August 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — The town may swap a small piece of land for another with a local business on French King Highway, a deal that would provide the town with better access to future park land. Under the deal … 0