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Facing foreclosure: Pushkin, Arts Block on auction block

Friday, August 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Pushkin and Arts Block buildings — popular entertainment venues seen as key components of the town’s downtown rejuvenation — are in foreclosure, with the properties set to be auctioned Sept. 22. The Pushkin, at Main and Federal streets, was bought by Edward Wierzbowski in 2008 after he bought the Arts Block at Main Street and Court Square … 0

County gets 1 applicant for marijuana dispensary

Friday, August 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — Patriot Care Corp. is one step closer to opening Franklin County’s first medical marijuana dispensary. On Friday, four nonprofits submitted applications to run … 0

Flash (freeze) forward: New food processing center equipment better for produce flavor, nutrients and — hopefully — sales

Friday, August 29, 2014

It’s that time of year when broccoli, peppers and carrots are coming forth, and the Franklin County Food Processing Center is freezing vegetables from area … 0

Mohawk looks again at under-used buildings

Monday, August 25, 2014

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee has asked new school Business Administrator Michael Kociela for a school building study “to determine the most cost-efficient infrastructure.” This new study comes after continuing reports on declining enrollment trends and a superintendent’s report a few years ago asserting the … 0

Mohawk won’t use state bus aid to cut this year’s assessments

Monday, August 25, 2014

BUCKLAND — Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee Chairman Robert Aeschback says the school board can’t reduce this year’s town assessments for the Mohawk school district, just because the state provided more aid than anticipated for busing this school … 0

The ball’s in Colrain’s drain

Monday, August 25, 2014

COLRAIN — In giving the town a $2.5 million grant, the state is supporting a future town center sewer system. Now, it’s the town’s turn. State Sen. Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, and state Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru, told selectmen … 0

Rowe open house draws a crowd

Monday, August 25, 2014

Recorder staff ROWE — Big crowds turned out for the open house of the town’s new elementary school this weekend, which opened about two years after the 50-year-old school building was destroyed by fire. School Principal Bill Knittle said at least 200 people came out for the ribbon-cutting … 0

Businesses have ways to protect themselves against shoplifters

Monday, August 25, 2014

Although there’s no fool-proof defense against theft, there are several things retailers can do to prevent shoplifting. Though state law allows merchants to detain shoplifters until police arrive, Greenfield Police Chief Robert Haigh said it can be dangerous to do so. “I recommend that shopkeepers never try to … 0

What kind of punishment for shoplifters?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Stealing has been against the law since before “thou shalt not steal” was etched onto the tablets that carried the Ten Commandments. While the Babylonian law text known as the Code of Hammurabi, circa 1772 BC, punished thieves through 30-fold payback, the severing of digits or even death, … 0

Greenfield teacher negotiations underway

Monday, August 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — The school year will begin next week without a new contract for teachers, but no one seems worried. The teacher negotiations for their next three-year contract are underway, and both sides don’t anticipate any major issues even though the last contract expired June 30. The Greenfield … 0

Northfield Kiwanis clambake Saturday

Monday, August 25, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The local Kiwanis Club will celebrate the end of summer with an old-fashioned New England clambake Saturday. The festivities start at 1 p.m. at Kiwanis Park on School Street, with piping hot lobsters, clams, and a slew of sides served at 3 p.m. Those who don’t … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy the beautiful weather

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hello neighbor. Looks like it’s going to be a beautiful week. Temperatures are supposed to be in the mid 70s and 80s, with maybe a little rain mid-week. Get out there and see Franklin County. Can you believe fall is just around the corner? I’m sorry this column … 0

Fall YMCA registration begins

Monday, August 25, 2014

GREENFIELD —Registration is now taking place for the September/October session of YMCA classes and programs. The Y has programs for children as young as six months (parent/child swim/gym classes) to adults in their nineties (chair fitness, balance & stretch, water fitness). Most of the classes run in eight … 0