Kennametal chooses Greenfield

Thursday, July 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — Kennametal Inc. has decided to grow its operation in Greenfield after years of cutbacks, which means it will bring 70 new jobs to town over the next five years and plans to spend almost $5 million in upgrades over the next four years. Mayor William Martin said that after a thorough evaluation of its two plants, one in … 0

In recount, Northfield override passes

Thursday, July 24, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley School District budget is set after a Proposition 21/2 override passed by four votes after a recount Thursday afternoon. Those … 0

Rowe fire chief to resign after ‘scrutiny’

Thursday, July 24, 2014

ROWE — Citing lack of support from selectmen, Fire Chief Paul McLatchy Jr. has resigned after nearly three decades with the fire department and several … 0

Land trust guards 750 acres in Hawley

Monday, July 21, 2014

HAWLEY — Alice Stuart Parker Pyle has plenty of memories gleaned from decades on Singing Brook Farm, from the cows, chickens, pigs and turkeys that remained from the time when her family bought the 500-acre spread in 1919, … 0

‘King Arthur,’ trapeze classes highlight Hilltown Youth Theater season

Monday, July 21, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Want to learn to fly like Mary Martin in “Peter Pan?” Flying trapeze lessons will be available to the public during this year’s Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop at the Academy at Charlemont. As part of … 0

Yoga, writing workshop for those diagnosed with cancer

Monday, July 21, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Twenty years ago, Pam Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer. Every week through treatment and rehabilitation, Roberts attended a writing workshop, where she found that no matter what prompt was given, she’d write about her … 0

Neighbors: Head to the North Quabbin for some summer fun

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was really excited to read last week that the North Quabbin will be getting some help from the state to boost tourism. It’s such a beautiful area — and you all know how much I love the Quabbin Reservoir. There are other attractions in that … 0

Debtor’s jail?

Monday, July 21, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Iheanyi Daniel Okoroafor, a 73-year-old African immigrant and retired mental health case manager, thought he’d get a chance to explain to a judge why he didn’t pay for a furnace repair he says was not … 0

A time to share stories

Sunday, July 20, 2014

NEW SALEM — While Saturday’s Old Home Day focused on “going green,” groups worked on preserving a nonrenewable resource that’s not often mentioned in lectures on sustainability: stories of yesteryear. Kay Leonard of the Historical Commission used the … 0

Composting is in his blood

Sunday, July 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — Adam Martin may not say this himself, but these days it takes a renaissance man to farm dirt. Martin, a 29-year-old Greenfield native, purchased his father’s organic compost and mulch farm in February. But turning yard … 0

Group seeking to give Colrain’s Brick Meeting House the business

Sunday, July 20, 2014

COLRAIN — Hoping to spur the revitalization of the town’s village center, a group of residents wants to renovate the historic Brick Meeting House and do what Michael McCusker has done for the Odd Fellows/McCusker’s Market building in … 0

White Eagle Society polka picnic might be its last

Sunday, July 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — Attendees gave a 76-year tradition a proper send-off Sunday to the strains of the Eddie Forman Orchestra’s energetic polka and the quaking of the wooden dance floor. The White Eagle Society celebrated its 100th anniversary on … 0

Two familiar faces join Virtual Academy at Greenfield board

Sunday, July 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — Two familiar faces from Greenfield schools will serve on the board of the Massachusetts Virtual Academy at Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School. Two former Greenfield school committee members, John Lunt and Daryl Essensa, have been appointed to … 0