Neighbors: Mohawk Trail featured again

Monday, September 29, 2014

Hello neighbor. Once again, our beautiful 100-year-old Mohawk Trail has been featured — this time by the Boston Globe in its Sunday Travel section on Sept. 28. Just recently, Yankee Magazine wrote several articles on the trail and our great county. A photo essay by Essdras M. Suarez provides scenes from along the Mohawk Trail that include the bust marking the Mohawk Indian Bridge on Route 2, a vintage pickup … 0

Forum to discuss increase of Munson Street traffic tonight

Monday, September 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — A community forum will be held tonight in Robbins Memorial Church at 55 Munson St. to discuss the fears some residents have about the increase in traffic along the street and the speeds at which some vehicles travel to get to the courthouse and a couple of social services agencies. Phil … 0

Groups plan weekend cleanup of downtown Greenfield

Monday, September 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — The same group that plans to install 50 benches throughout the downtown over the next few years is planning Broom Days on Saturday and Sunday with the Downtown Cleanup Brigade. Both groups will clean up Bank Row on Saturday and Fiske Avenue on Sunday. The groups are hoping to enlist the aid of volunteers, who will sweep, pick up litter and … 0

Letter: Beautiful benches

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A big, wet (recycled) kiss to all of the Rejuvenators, teacher Mark Leonard, and all the Greenfield High School students and Franklin County Jail inmates who contributed to the highly functional and beautiful AND recycled content benches that are beginning to grace the sidewalks of our fair town. … 0

Four Rivers achieves 100% proficiency on ELA for fourth year

Sunday, September 28, 2014

GREENFIELD — For the fourth consecutive year, 10th-graders at Four Rivers Charter Public School achieved 100 percent proficiency on the English Language Arts MCAS test. Four Rivers also outperformed sending schools in every category of the high stakes test for grades 7, 8 and 10. The high scores … 0

Warm clothes help needy family

Friday, September 26, 2014

ORANGE — “I think that one is going to be too small for her,” said April Tatro, as her husband, Aldo, tried to pull a small pink knit hat over their 2-year-old daughter Aubree’s tiny head. He tugged … 0

Letter: Aiding the arts

Friday, September 26, 2014

There have been a number of recent letters about the plight of artists in area. First, be aware there are number of state initiatives, such as the local cultural councils, there is one in EVERY TOWN, which has a grant cycle that needs to be submitted by Oct … 0

Town Meetings, Sept. 29-Oct. 4

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ashfield Planning Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 7:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Energy Committee: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation … 0

United by service: United Way kicks off annual campaign

Friday, September 26, 2014

GREENFIELD — In Somerset, years ago, a young boy named Steve and his siblings were on a path to living a life of poverty. Steve and his family lived in a broken home and had limited knowledge of … 0

Greenfield police officer injured in late-night traffic stop struggle

Friday, September 26, 2014

GREENFIELD — A police officer broke her ankle while wrestling to gain control of a Vermont woman early Friday morning. Officer Emily Rowell was called to a 2 a.m. traffic stop to frisk an unruly female passenger, according to a report by Officer Jay Butynski. As Rowell frisked … 0

Business brewing

Friday, September 26, 2014

About a year old as a co-op, but making drinks that date back more than 2,000 years, one Greenfield business is brewing some big changes on Wells Street. Artisan Beverage Cooperative, which formed out of Katalyst Kombucha and … 0

Neighbors: Regional magazine features valley art scene

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hello neighbor. If you love art and the Pioneer Valley, you’ll want to pick up a copy of Art New England magazine this month (September-October issue). Two articles focus on the Pioneer Valley — a destination piece and a section called “Focus On” — and both were written … 0

Greenfield pantry starving for food

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — On Tuesday morning as the Center for Self-Reliance Food Pantry opened its doors to offer families and individuals produce, breads and canned goods, it had to turn people away. There was no food on the shelves. “This is not normal for us to have to turn … 0