Greenfield

The former car dealership on Shelburne Road in Greenfield will soon be a John Deere dealership. Recorder/Paul Franz

John Deere dealer coming to Greenfield

Thursday, October 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — John Deere dealer Padula Brothers Inc. of Lancaster and Raynham will soon be opening a third store on Shelburne Road on the former Country Hyundai property. Caroline Mansfield, spokeswoman for Padula, said her husband, Bryan, started working for the family-owned company in 1984 and purchased it with her in 2004. “We’re not only moving to Greenfield, but celebrating … 0

Greenfield Y plans Saturday open house for women

Thursday, October 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the YMCA will be holding an open house for women. Then, from 6 to 8 p.m., there will be an early family Halloween party. During the open house the Y will debut its newly renovated women’s gold locker room as well as programs and services appealing to women. The Y’s yoga instructors, massage … 0

Neighbors: Local 2015 calendars offer variety

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hello, neighbor. It’s that time of year — 2015 calendars are here and it’s time for you to decide what you’d like hanging on your wall for 12 months. If you are interested in local history, trains or both, then the Historic Railroad Scenes of Franklin County calendar is for you. Local historians … 0

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 … 0

Second I-91 car vs. semi accident in two days

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BERNARDSTON — A car hit a tractor-trailer Thursday on Interstate 91 for the second time in two days and the driver again escaped alive, according to police. State Trooper Bernie Trott of the Shelburne barracks said a Chevrolet Camaro struck a tractor-trailer by Exit 28 on Interstate 91 … 0

Artists ask: What’s going to happen to Arts Block?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — Artists throughout the county and beyond are waiting to hear whether the Arts Block will survive and continue as is so that they have a place in the heart of Greenfield in which to perform. Edward Wierzbowski, owner of the Arts Block on the corner of … 0

Wednesday morning crash sends one to hospital, closes I-91 lane

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — An accident on Interstate 91 put one person in the hospital and closed one lane of traffic for about an hour Wednesday morning. The accident occurred around 7:30 a.m. near exit 27. Trooper Chris Lipiec of the Massachusetts State Police Shelburne Falls barracks said a southbound … 0

New charges for alleged insurance fraud ringleader

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — The alleged leader of an auto insurance fraud ring has been indicted on nearly 30 new charges. Lefen “Helen” Chen, 55, of Flushing, N.Y., is scheduled to be arraigned on 29 new charges of insurance fraud, perjury and conspiracy Wednesday. Chen is accused of being the … 0

State puts virtual school on probation for 20 months

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Since a state review this summer, the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School has implemented programs for Title 1 and English language learning and hired a school psychologist and three family engagement coordinators. But the new changes appear too little, too late. The Greenfield-based cyber school has been … 0

Mayor to give each precinct money for projects

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Each of the town’s nine precincts will soon get a boost if Town Council accepts an offer by the mayor of $130,000 from the town’s “free cash” surplus. Mayor William Martin has asked the Council to approve the $130,000, of which $10,000 would go into an … 0

Anthropologist looks at life in Deerfield River Valley

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Imagine walking through the woods and coming face to face with a beaver the size of a black bear. For most of us, our first thought would be “run!” But for New England’s ancient Paleoindian period residents, that thought was “dinner.” The lives of those people, … 0

Burglars net scratch tickets, two arrested

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Two men face felony charges after one allegedly broke into Shaw’s Mart on Main Street early Monday morning, breaking a $500 door and making off with $350 worth of scratch tickets and two packs of cigarettes. Tyrell E. Rankin, 27, listed as homeless and Patrick Rooney, … 0

Letter: Give Korpita a chance

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It’s always a tough call for voters when two good candidates face-off for the same seat and after attending last Tuesday’s debate between Kulik and Korpita, it became apparent that the 1st Franklin District has a tough decision to make. And what a wonderful problem to have! It’s … 0