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Long-time Adopt-A-Family coordinator says goodbye to post

Friday, December 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Laurie and Thomas Wilton of Charlemont had planned to give their 4-year-old daughter, Jessica, as good a Christmas as any. Then, they both became unemployed last year due to disabilities. A Christmas with presents under the tree didn’t seem possible . As the Wiltons stood in a long line at Saint James Episcopal Church Friday afternoon, Laurie Wilton … 0

Salvation Army facing kettle drive shortfall

Friday, December 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — With four days left until Christmas Eve, the Salvation Army is running short on cash for its annual Red Kettle Campaign and asking … 0

Greenfield residents look to help neighbors

Friday, December 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — A group of Greenfield residents are bringing more good will to Christmas as they work to collect gifts for needy families this year. … 0

Greenfield marijuana dispensary still on track

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Plans to switch its proposed marijuana cultivation site from South Hadley to Lowell should have no impact on Patriot Care Corp.’s plans to open a medical pot dispensary here, company executives said. Patriot Care, which received … 0

Montague will wait on tobacco regulations

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

MONTAGUE — To allow more public comment, the Board of Health delayed a decision on raising the age to purchase tobacco to 21 on Wednesday. The board decided to accept public comment until Jan. 15, and take the matter up again at its Jan. 21 meeting. The age … 0

Heroin dealer sent to state prison

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — A Westfield man caught with nearly 1,000 bags of heroin was sent to state prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to reduced charges. Antonio Rivera III, 28, also known as “Gizmo,” pleaded guilty in Franklin Superior Court to a single charge of possession of heroin with intent … 0

‘We just don’t have it’: Social services strain under weight of additional homeless

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — Local social service agencies found it difficult to keep up with the demands for food, clothing and school supplies after the Great Recession hit several years ago, but some say that over the past two years, … 0

Lamson seeks to drop union contract

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — After reaching an impasse on new contract negotiations with its union, Lamson & Goodnow is now asking U.S. Bankruptcy Court for permission to drop its current collective bargaining agreement, so the company can cut wages … 0

Newly homeless mom and newborn make best of bad situation far from family

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — We’ve all heard it said that America is the “land of opportunity,” but try to convince a young woman with a 9-week-old daughter living in a Greenfield hotel with the baby and her boyfriend. She may not believe you. Twenty-four-year-old “Alice,” who asked that her real … 1

Renovations of Green River Park to begin next year; town will build dog park there

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — It’s going to cost $690,000 for the town to make improvements to Green River Park off Deerfield Street and build a dog park there. The improvements will include the dog park, a new playground and pavilion … 0

Chicken wing eatery to land at Lunts?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — It appears the owner of the Hangar Pub and Grill on University Drive in Amherst is considering opening a similar restaurant in Greenfield on the former Lunt Silversmith property on Federal Street. Hangar owner Harold Tramazzo … 0

Deerfield wants pipeline ‘royalty’ legislation

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

DEERFIELD — The Board of Selectmen wants legislation requiring the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. or any other pipeline company to pay “royalties” on exported natural gas to landowners whose property has been taken by eminent domain for the pipeline — on grounds that such land-takings are allowed “for … 1

Machine training program gets big boost

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — With a $276,705 state grant, Greenfield Community College and Franklin County Technical School will be able to continue to offer its precision-machinist training over the next two years as well expand offerings to include blueprint reading, … 0