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Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener (back row, center) poses with other members of the Compassionate Listening Project on a trip through several West Bank cities and camps.

Greenfield rabbi helps Israelis, Palestinians to hear one another

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is, in fact, indicative of more than one set of issues. And there are no simple answers, beyond the need for intensive, compassionate listening. Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener, who became spiritual leader of Greenfield’s Temple Israel this summer, knows that deeply, from leading tours of groups of Jews and non-Jews to hear each other out, try to understand … 0

When the birds aren’t for the birds: Keeping our eagle eye peeled for returning raptors

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The eye is drawn to aberration, and on a recent morning my eye fixed on an opaque oval perched on a maple tree branch extending … 0

Business picks up in downtown Greenfield on Small Business Saturday

Sunday, November 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — Vanessa Cerillo searched Magical Child with her 3-year-old daughter, Josephine Hayman, for the perfect birthday gift on Saturday morning, while Lynn Scott, Samantha … 0

Colrain board has questions on broadband network plans

Thursday, November 26, 2015

COLRAIN — The Board of Selectmen has turned to its legislators for help in navigating the channels of information coming from both WiredWest, the municipal collective trying to build a regional “last-mile” fiber-optic broadband network, and the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, which holds the purse-strings to grant money for … 0

Rollover sends teen to hospital

Thursday, November 26, 2015

SHELBURNE — A 17-year-old Colrain woman was transported by ambulance to Baystate Franklin Medical Center for nonlife-threatening injuries after she drove her truck into a creek next to Brook Road on Thursday evening. Shelburne Center Fire Chief John … 0

Mold forces move for Pioneer admin. offices

Thursday, November 26, 2015

NORTHFIELD — In January the employees in Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s central office will move to a downtown Northfield space under an 18-month lease due to a significant amount of mold found in the basement during an … 0

Historic Deerfield Summer Fellowships

Friday, November 27, 2015

DEERFIELD — Historic Deerfield Inc. is accepting applications for the 2016 Summer Fellowship Program in History and Material Culture. Historic Deerfield will be accepting seven college juniors (graduating in 2017) and seniors (graduating in 2016) to participate in the nine-week, all-expense-paid fellowship program. During this program, students will … 0

UMass reacts to phony ‘White Student Union’ Facebook page

Thursday, November 26, 2015

AMHERST — A recently created “UMass Amherst Area White Students Union” Facebook page is not associated with the University of Massachusetts or any student groups, according to campus officials, and appears to be one of a number of similar hoax pages reported at colleges and universities around the … 0

Solar talks may flare up during quiet holiday sessions

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Massachusetts lawmakers have settled into their winter recess, but Senate President Stanley Rosenberg says they are continuing to discuss a deal to raise caps on solar power and enacting a bill during informal sessions that run through December is not out of the question. As formal sessions for … 0

For local immigrant, a lot to give thanks for

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — Fifty-five-year-old Daniel Viorel Oros of Deerfield Street says he is thankful every year at this time — all year, actually — for the freedom and opportunity he has enjoyed since he came to the United States … 0

Ashfield Lions Club chapter still roaring after 50 years

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

ASHFIELD — When townspeople think of the Ashfield Lions Club, they might think of all those grilled hamburgers and hotdogs served up during the town’s Fall Festival, the Lions Club barbecued chicken dinners on Memorial Day, or the … 0

Longtime Greenfield business owners at The Country Jeweler to retire early next year

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — After more than 40 years in business, the owners of The Country Jeweler on the corner of Main and Chapman streets have decided to retire. Larry and Donna Pfeffer said they will retire sometime early next … 1

Kim’s Upholstery has become a staple on the Web

Thursday, November 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — It seems these days more people are switching off their television sets and turning to their computer screen to learn how to do just about anything. The rise of the popular website YouTube has given Internet … 0