After major renovations, Conway church set to re-open Sept. 6

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

CONWAY — Having spent the past three years bogged down in a major restoration project, the United Congregational Church of Conway will once again open its doors next month. The church will hold a ceremony to celebrate the occasion on Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. According to the Rev. Candice Ashenden, the church’s pastor, the event will feature live music … 0

Gov. Patrick rolls into Greenfield on train to announce track buy

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — Gov. Deval Patrick rolled into Greenfield Wednesday aboard a passenger train to announce the state is spending $17 million to advance the Amtrak … 0

DA: Large car insurance fraud ring disrupted

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — Dozens of New York City area residents have been charged locally with defrauding car insurance companies of hundreds of thousands of dollars, by … 0

Summer learning

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — As students and teachers cross the second-floor landing at the Federal Street School this year, they will see a new 22-foot-by-4-foot mural depicting pond life. The painting, located beside the main office, is a collaboration of … 0

Hawlemont gardens ‘ground-breaking’ offers public preview

Monday, August 18, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Plenty of ground has already been broken this summer, as the Hawlemont Regional School staff and community have planted gardens, built raised beds and farm buildings, in anticipation of the school’s new farm-based academic curriculum. But a “ground-breaking” celebration for this summer’s school grounds transformation takes … 0

Greenfield’s power company to go to voters

Monday, August 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — Town Council will decide later this month whether to ask the Legislature to allow townspeople to buy electricity in bulk. Voters would be asked to create a municipal aggregation that presumably would save users money. Mayor William Martin said the special election would be the last … 0

New president has vision for hospital

Monday, August 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — Over the next five years, Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s new president plans to invest in the hospital and usher in a new chapter in its 100-year history. The hospital’s future, Steven Bradley says, is to become … 0

1-car crash on I-91 Sunday

Monday, August 18, 2014

DEERFIELD — A woman drove off the highway and into a tree Sunday evening according to police, but little information was available beyond this. State Police reached Sunday and Monday at the Shelburne barracks said the woman was taken by ambulance with unknown but not major injuries. The … 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