Recorder file photo/Paul Franz
Fireworks are seen above Poet's Seat Tower in Greenfield in this file photo.

Neighbors say Atlas and its owner ‘kind and generous’

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — While the mayor waits for word from the town’s lawyer about whether he thinks a New Hampshire company short-changed Greenfield’s fireworks display this year — an=d possibly for the past three or four years — neighbors of Atlas PyroVision Productions Inc. in Jaffrey, N.H., and its owner Stephen Pelkey are shocked that such a “kind and generous” person and business would be accused of such a thing. Cyndy Burgess, who works for the Jaffrey, N.H., Chamber of Commerce and co-chairs the Monadnock Festival of Fireworks — which Atlas will provide at a discount this summer at Cheshire Fairgrounds — said the chamber has … 0

Noise ordinance: Town Council votes to let mayor’s veto stand

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — The vote was unanimous by Town Council Tuesday night to sustain the mayor’s veto of a recently passed noise ordinance and start over in an attempt to write a more effective and enforceable ordinance. “I think we need to build a consensus this time,” said Vice President and Precinct 7 Councilor Karen “Rudy” Renaud. It took the council only 10 minutes … 0

Lunt ball field purchase done

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — After several years of ups and downs, while the town continued to go to bat in its attempt to purchase the former Lunt Silversmith’s baseball fields, Greenfield now owns them. Mayor William Martin said the town recently closed on the baseball fields, paying $660,000 for them, so the town’s youngest baseball … 0

Letter: More to these tests

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I was encouraged by the Greenfield School Committee’s postponement of their decision about implementing PARCC tests next year. I was disappointed, however, with The Recorder’s coverage of this controversial issue, which contained misleading information. Many districts across the state and country are rejecting PARCC, an initiative that will … 0

Letter: Smoking boundaries

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Recently, I spoke with a gentleman on Union Street, who was sitting in a chair smoking a cigarette on the outer limits of the Senior Center property. I asked him why he was sitting on the sidewalk and he told me smokers cannot be anywhere on Senior Center … 0

Neighbors: Head to the North Quabbin for some summer fun

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was really excited to read last week that the North Quabbin will be getting some help from the state to boost tourism. It’s such a beautiful area — and you all know how much I love the Quabbin Reservoir. There are other attractions in that … 0

WMECO closes Greenfield building

Monday, July 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Western Massachusetts Electric Co. has closed its service center in Greenfield, but six of its more than 20 employees who worked out of that center will stay in Franklin County. Four linemen, an electrician and a … 0

Composting is in his blood

Sunday, July 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — Adam Martin may not say this himself, but these days it takes a renaissance man to farm dirt. Martin, a 29-year-old Greenfield native, purchased his father’s organic compost and mulch farm in February. But turning yard … 0

Letter: Help in making a difference

Sunday, July 20, 2014

This letter is to publicly thank several local people who have recently helped make a huge difference in the life of a child who is enrolled in our program here at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County. “Little Sister” Abby and her “Big Sister” Melissa enjoy doing … 0

Two familiar faces join Virtual Academy at Greenfield board

Sunday, July 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — Two familiar faces from Greenfield schools will serve on the board of the Massachusetts Virtual Academy at Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School. Two former Greenfield school committee members, John Lunt and Daryl Essensa, have been appointed to … 0

Motorcyclist hurt avoiding fallen motorcyclist on Route 2

Sunday, July 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — An Ashby man was hospitalized with a head injury on Sunday after swerving to avoid a second motorcyclist fallen on Route 2. Both men were hospitalized after the accident, on the Factory Hollow section of Route 2 Sunday morning. Greenfield Police Sgt. Mark Williams said the … 0

White Eagle Society polka picnic might be its last

Sunday, July 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — Attendees gave a 76-year tradition a proper send-off Sunday to the strains of the Eddie Forman Orchestra’s energetic polka and the quaking of the wooden dance floor. The White Eagle Society celebrated its 100th anniversary on … 0

Alleged heroin trafficker arraigned in Superior Court

Friday, July 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — Heroin trafficking charges against a Westfield man have been brought before Franklin Superior Court. Antonio Rivera III, 28, also known as “Gizmo,” of 9 Leonard St. in Westfield, pleaded innocent to charges of trafficking in heroin … 0