GCC plants tree in honor of Nelson Mandela

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — To remember the late Nelson Mandela’s belief that all life is divine, a group of 25 planted a tree in his honor outside Greenfield Community College as part of an Earth Day ceremony Tuesday. Mandela — the late South African president, activist and peacemaker — believed in a philosophy known as “ubuntu,” which led him to forgive the … 0

MTC director to retire

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

CHARLEMONT — It was in the late 1960s that musicians Ruth and Arnold Black came up from New York City one summer to visit composer … 0

Cell tower could benefit Pioneer district

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

NORTHFIELD — A deal in the works could bring the Pioneer Valley Regional School District $2 million over 25 years. The district has negotiated a … 0

Northfield’s flag flies at Statehouse

Sunday, April 20, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Local sixthgraders travelled to the Statehouse to see their town’s new flag unfurled. The annual field trip to Boston took on a special meaning, as the Northfield flag was inducted into the state’s Hall of Flags … 0

Police stop suicide attempts

Sunday, April 20, 2014

ERVING — For the second time in two days, police were able to keep someone from jumping from the French King Bridge. “Erving police were able to talk a young woman out of jumping off of the French King Bridge Friday night,” said state police trooper Kyle Gleick. … 0

“Green” group offers solar tours as part of little e activities

Sunday, April 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — The town’s “green” group will be offering solar tours of Greenfield over the next two weeks. On Wednesday and April 29 from 4 to 6:30 p.m., people will have the opportunity to meet at Greenfield Solar … 0

Orange treasurer fills in for town administrator

Sunday, April 20, 2014

ORANGE — Town Administrator Diana M. Schindler will be taking a leave of absence for two or three weeks due to illness. The selectmen have decided to have the town treasurer take on some of the administrator’s financial duties during that time. Creating a financial director position, naming … 0

Hawley solar bylaw hearing set for Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

HAWLEY — The Planning Board is holding a public information session to discuss a proposed bylaw for ground-mounted solar electricity generating facilities that occupy more than 2,000 square feet of land. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Hawley Town Office. Hawley already has one … 0

New training program for entry-level jobs holding info sessions

Sunday, April 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — A training program that’s equipping unemployed and underemployed residents with manufacturing and work readiness skills will hold two information sessions this month. Anyone interested in learning how to enroll in the program, which trains people so they can fill open entry-level jobs at local companies, can … 0

Garlic and Arts Festival awards $10,000 in grants

Sunday, April 20, 2014

ORANGE — The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival has given out about $10,000 in grants to support local food and arts projects in 2013 and 2014. Part of the festival’s mission is to enhance the artistic and agricultural vibrancy of the region. Through its grants, the festival’s … 0

Frontier tennis repairs back in play

Friday, April 18, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Funding for repairs to the Frontier Regional School tennis courts will come before townspeople for approval this spring after all. The Deerfield Community Preservation Committee reconsidered Thursday night and voted unanimously to recommend the request … 0

Pioneer cuts $225,000 from proposed budget

Friday, April 18, 2014

BERNARDSTON — The Pioneer Valley Regional School Committee has lowered its proposed budget by nearly a quarter of a million dollars. The district was able to reduce costs by cutting three teachers. The district will be able to avoid layoffs or firings, because the employees are either leaving … 0

Body in river identified as Greenfield man

Friday, April 18, 2014

SUNDERLAND — The identity of the dead man pulled from the Connecticut River April 19 has been identified. The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office has identified the man as Stephen Bradley, 28, of Greenfield. Area police had been looking for Bradley since Jan. 26, when Erving Police found his … 0