New downtown bakery, Frosted, opens in Greenfield

Thursday, October 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — Frosted Bake Shop has opened in the space next door to Wilson’s Department Store and after just a couple of days has welcomed a lot of new customers, according to its new owner. Shelly Phillips said the standalone bakery in the heart of downtown will offer cakes for every occasion, pastries, cupcakes, pies, cookies, breads, desserts and other … 0

Frontier faces threat to ‘re-enact Columbine’

Thursday, October 23, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A threat to “re-enact Columbine” at Frontier Regional School led to the arrest of a 19-year-old man from Sunderland and placed the … 0

Thieves flee Elmer’s

Thursday, October 23, 2014

ASHFIELD — An Elmer’s Store employee came to work at 6 a.m. Thursday, opened the rear door and turned on a light — just in … 0

Pumpkins prove popular

Sunday, October 19, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Oh, the pumpkin — that glorious gourd. In both cuisine and the arts, its uses are legion in number and there was certainly no shortage of examples of them at Saturday’s Franklin County Pumpkinfest in … 0

No-go for Greenfield sick-leave hearing

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Human Right’s Commission was unable to hold Monday’s scheduled hearing on the state’s universal sick leave ballot question, Question 4, in the absence of members and the speaker. With only three of nine members present, the commission did not have the quorum necessary to … 0

Portrait sessions to raise money for United Way

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — Local hospital employees are sponsoring a family portrait opportunity at Hallmark Institute of Photography to raise money for the United Way of Franklin County. The portrait sessions are Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hallmark Institute of Photography, Industrial Boulevard, off Millers Falls … 0

UMass student found dead in dorm

Monday, October 20, 2014

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts student died at McNamara dormitory in the Sylvan residential area Sunday night, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. A campuswide email sent Monday afternoon informed students, faculty and staff that Chloe Malast, a member of the Commonwealth Honors College from Needham, … 0

Mohawk teenager’s summer to remember

Sunday, October 19, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Ask Briel Gibson, 17, of Shelburne Falls how she spent her summer vacation, and she’s likely to tell you one of three things: 1) She spent two weeks rooting out invasive plant species from the … 0

GCC to add farm ed courses for 2015

Sunday, October 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Old MacDonald had a farm, but could he make a living? With a grant of almost $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Greenfield Community College will start up new courses in sustainable agriculture, along with free teacher-training workshops for local high school teachers who are … 0

South County towns to host drive-through flu clinic Sunday

Sunday, October 19, 2014

DEERFIELD — Fast food? Try fast flu shots. That’s what the towns of Deerfield, Conway, Sunderland and Whately will be offering their residents this coming Sunday during a free drive-thru flu shot clinic in the parking lot of Yankee Candle’s headquarters on Yankee Candle Way in Deerfield. This … 0

Historians and Greenfield mayor want Wiley & Russell Dam to stay

Sunday, October 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Though it doesn’t appear a decision will be made in the near future, people are still debating the fate of the 78-year-old timber crib dam that spans the Green River at Meridian Street. For more than … 0

Paid sick leave ballot question topic of public hearing today

Sunday, October 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — The town Human Rights Commission will hold a public hearing on proposed state ballot Question 4 on sick leave today at 6 p.m. at the Town Hall meeting room. Question 4 proposes to entitle employees in Massachusetts to the benefits of earned sick time. If approved … 0