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Car vs. pole accident on Leyden Road interrupts traffic

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — A utility pole and traffic took a hit Thursday night on Leyden Road. No information was available from police at the time, but an accident closed the road for a time after dark. By 9:40 p.m., detour signs were down and traffic had resumed, with utility trucks and police blocking one lane by a trussed-up and splinted pole between Leyden Woods Lane and Camp Kee-wanee, where cones separated … 0

Local machining program graduates 13 more

Thursday, May 21, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School machine shop turned out its fourth batch of machinists Thursday through the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board’s adult training program. The 13-week Middle Skills Manufacturing Initiative graduated 13 students Thursday for a total of 43 trained since the program began in 2013. Of those, over 80 percent are employed in the field according to organizers. … 0

Neighbors: Go to a local parade and support our veterans Monday

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. It originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in that war, but by the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans … 0

GHS ranked 43rd in state for offering AP courses

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield High School has been ranked 43rd in the state by U.S. News and World Report for giving students the opportunity to take Advanced Placement courses. “This is a tribute to our teachers,” said Principal Donna Woodcock. “They put in a lot of time helping students … 0

Letter: My Meadows view

Thursday, May 21, 2015

I agree with Priscilla Collins; Greenfield is a small rural town and income levels are low and we are paying the third-highest property tax rate in the state ($17.5 per $1,000). We are paying more than double or triple most other towns and cities our size. But I … 0

Letter: A place for all?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

It was heartening to see the articles about the seniors talking to town officials about the services they want (although I am dubious with it being a “human rights issue”). We, as a community, should be having discussions about what extras we would like to fund. I will … 0

DA’s office IDs couple found dead in Prospect St. apartment

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Northwestern District Attorney’s office has identified the couple found dead Wednesday in their 21 Prospect St. apartment as Margaret Pekkala, 53, and Dennis Pekkala, 54. Investigators shed no further light Thursday on the circumstances of … 0

Retiree health care costs cast shadow, but most towns aren’t worried

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

DEERFIELD — Although the state government is on the hook for a potential $15 billion in the health insurance costs for its retirees over the next three decades, most of the towns in Franklin County aren’t particularly concerned … 0

Two found dead Wednesday morning in Prospect Street home

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — Police on Wednesday were investigating two unexplained deaths on Prospect Street. They responded to an emergency call from 21 Prospect St. at 6:18 a.m., the caller reporting that her neighbor had knocked on her door and … 0

Mayor asks for sex offender ordinance

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — Several residents expressed relief at the Town Council meeting Wednesday night after its president announced a local service agency had decided against placing three Level 3 sex offenders in their neighborhood, which is close to a school and town park. Earlier this week, those residents learned … 1

Franklin County Memorial Day events

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ashfield The Memorial Day parade on Monday begins at 10 a.m. in front of Town Hall, proceeds to Plain Cemetery and to the Veterans Memorial and Civil War Memorial, then back to Town Hall. There will be featured … 0

Baystate Franklin Medical Center to hold skin cancer screening May 29

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — May is National Melanoma and Skin Cancer Detection and Awareness Month. To help raise awareness, the Oncology Department at Baystate Franklin Medical Center and Joel Gordon, MD, dermatologist, will co-sponsor a free skin cancer screening on Friday, May 29, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., in the … 0

Letter: We mustn’t forget

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Let’s not forget the true meaning of Memorial Day, a day of remembering those men and women who died while serving our country. To all veterans, please march or ride in this Memorial Day parade in remembrance of the sacrifices that were made. TOM TRAVIS Greenfield … 0