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Cars sit at the intersection of Main and Federal Streets in Greenfield Wednesday afternoon. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

Greenfield looking for fix to long traffic lights

Friday, August 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — A town councilor is leading the crusade to fix Greenfield’s traffic lights before someone gets hurt. “People sit through two or three cycles at some of the town’s intersections, and they get very impatient,” said Precinct 5 Councilor Penny Ricketts. “I’ve seen people blow through red lights because they’ve waited too long. I don’t want to see someone … 0

Pioneer may take N.H. town’s students

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Pioneer Valley Regional School’s high school program hasn’t gone unnoticed by its New Hampshire neighbors. Winchester, N.H., is considering sending its high school … 0

10 years later, reflections on Hurricane Katrina and it aftermath

Friday, August 28, 2015

“It was a sunny day. I had no cares. Everything was right with the world.” Walking down her New Orleans street with her 2-year-old daughter … 0

Barway Farm aerial planting Wednesday prompts calls to police

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Police phone lines in South Deerfield lit up Wednesday afternoon with calls about a helicopter dropping something onto open fields in the Mill Village Road area. Peter Melnick, co-owner of Barway Farm on Mill Village Road, said he told police on Tuesday that he had … 0

Teen racism forum

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Local teens of color will talk about their experiences in area schools, during a free program Sept. 12. The audience will also view the PBS documentary “A Class Divided,” about a third-grade teacher who divided her all-white class into blue-eyed and brown-eyed groups, to give them … 0

One month until river cleanup event

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

On Saturday, September 26th from 9 a.m. until noon, get involved in the 19th year of the Source to Sea Cleanup! Last year 116 volunteers in eastern Franklin County collected 40 cubic yards of debris in addition to … 0

UMass rape suspect’s lawyer maintains sex was consensual

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In his opening statement in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday, defense attorney Alfred P. Chamberland said a woman was raped in her dorm room at the University of Massachusetts on Oct. 13, 2012 — but Chamberland said his client, Adam T. Liccardi, was not the rapist. “It … 0

Art show opens today

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The local cultural council will open its 3rd annual juried show today from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Greenfield Community College’s downtown center on Main Street. During the show titled “01301/3: Melting,” people will have the opportunity to meet some of the artists and some members … 0

Greenfield has procedure it must follow for dog complaints

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s decision to take an aggressive pit bull away from its owner last week sparked discussion throughout the community about public safety, owners’ responsibility and breed discrimination. Greenfield’s Public Health Director Nicole Zabko said these … 0

Storm fells two oaks on homes in two-block line

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Something happened on the hill Tuesday afternoon. Randall Garland Sr. of 5 Henry Ave. tends to think it was more than a microburst, an opinion shared by neighbors after two oak trees landed on houses … 0

Mohawk district, towns seek compromise on Buckland Shelburne Elementary repair costs

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

SHELBURNE — Shelburne officials and Mohawk Trail Regional School District are hundreds of thousands of dollars apart on how much to spend for repairs to their regional elementary school. The difference between Mohawk’s defeated $750,000 capital budget request … 0

US Fish and Wildlife pulls Discovery Center staffing, support

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Great Falls Discovery Center is grappling with how to handle a potential loss of programming and support after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service withdrew its staffing from the center on short notice this … 0