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Rocky Perham of the newly formed Greenfield Area Bicycle Coalition helps clean upTurners Falls Road on Saturday. Recorder/Micky Bedell

Pedaling cycling safety

Sunday, August 31, 2014

GREENFIELD — One group of local bicycling enthusiasts left their wheels behind this weekend, opting instead for a pile of brooms and shovels. Members of the newly formed Greenfield Area Bicycle Coalition spent most of Saturday afternoon cleaning up the sides of Turners Falls Road, which they said is a notoriously dangerous section of town to ride on. About a dozen volunteers turned out for the cleanup, where they cut back weeds, cleaned up trash and broken glass and swept out the length of the road’s margin. According to Booth, the coalition was formed this spring to try to make bicycling safer in Greenfield and … 0

Letter: Bolster these volunteers

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The New York Times, Sunday Review, Aug. 17, highlighted a national concern titled “The Disappearing Volunteer Firefighter.” There have been many articles written nationally about this problem. This article, to me, a retired volunteer firefighter of 55 years service, seems to be accurate, well written and researched. In Franklin and Hampshire counties, many communities, small to large, employ volunteer firefighter (VFF) and Emergency … 0

Demo derby going to the dogs?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

GREENFIELD — If you’re up to the challenge, you could help homeless dogs and get a chance to drive a demolition derby car at the Franklin County Fair. Rambutt Racing has teamed up with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office to raise money for its regional dog shelter, turning a 2001 Pontiac Bonneville into … 0

Free lunch at Greenfield elementary schools

Sunday, August 31, 2014

GREENFIELD — All students at Newton, Federal Street and the Academy of Early Learning schools will be provided a free daily lunch this school year regardless of their family income. The free lunch program is an addition to the free breakfast program already offered at all schools. The … 0

The Literacy Project teaches 15,000 adult students in 30 years

Sunday, August 31, 2014

GREENFIELD — In a classroom at the top floor of the E.A Hall Building on Bank Row, Joe Panzica of Greenfield tirelessly teaches adult students how to read, write and do math at the same time he is trying to build their confidence and motivation. For 16 years, … 0

GCC traffic to be rerouted for rotary work

Sunday, August 31, 2014

GREENFIELD — As Greenfield Community College students, staff and visitors start the fall semester on Tuesday, they will have to use another route to exit the campus. Starting on Tuesday, the state Department of Transportation is reclaiming and paving the road at the school’s entrance onto Colrain Road, … 0

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 … 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 dispensaries in the seven counties without a dispensary applicant. Patriot Care is the … 0

Back to School: Greenfield schools open their doors

Friday, August 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — With the last few days of vacation slipping away, students throughout town shook off their summer haze this week and returned — if briefly — to hallways they will be filling daily for the next nine months. Throughout Greenfield, school hallways were filled with parents and … 0

Quick reaction call stops Greenfield porch fire

Friday, August 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — A passing truck driver with a cellphone and a second-floor tenant with a garden hose kept an early Friday morning apartment building porch fire from becoming a danger to the sleeping people inside. Greenfield Fire Department … 0

Letter: Talking about suicide

Friday, August 29, 2014

For me, its hard to believe that people can’t sit with the word “suicide” and I often find myself asking them why it is so hard? Usually I am met with resistance and anger or a befuddled look on their faces. After a few minuets of explaining why … 0

Neighbors: Local teens attend two-week craft program

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hello, neighbors. Two of our younger neighbors participated in a two-week craft program in Williamsburg this year and, I’m told, had a lot of fun doing so. Fourteen-year-old James Simpson and 15-year-old Henry Walker-West, both of Shelburne Falls, spent two weeks at Snow Farm Summer, a program of … 0

Williams sworn in as Greenfield’s deputy police chief Thursday

Thursday, August 28, 2014

GREENFIELD — Mark Williams became the town’s deputy police chief Thursday, after 15 years with the department. While he has been on countless calls since he joined the department, one early call stuck out in his mind and … 0