Greenfield

Bright overhead lights illuminate the large operating room, known as "the dance hall," in Baystate Franklin Medical Center's new surgical wing. 
Recorder/Tom Relihan

Baystate Franklin Medical Center previews new surgical wing

Monday, February 8, 2016

GREENFIELD — A flick of a switch, and the members of the Baystate Franklin Medical Center Auxiliary let out a shout of surprise and squinted against the glare as they were bathed in clean fluorescent light, as bright as any summer day. “We call this the ‘dance hall,’” quipped Director of Surgical Services Beverly Pomeroy, sweeping her arm in an … 0

Neighbors: 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest seeks entries

Monday, February 8, 2016

Hello neighbor. Well folks, it’s that time again. The 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest has begun, and Friends of the Greenfield Public Library are looking for poems from you. The event is open to all Franklin County residents and students. You can submit up to three poems. The deadline is March 7, … 0

Gas pipeline opponents to walk, picket on Presidents Day

Sunday, February 7, 2016

GREENFIELD — Walkers who oppose the Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct pipeline will walk on Presidents Day, Feb. 15, from Greenfield Community College to the First Congregational Church at 43 Silver St. between 10 a.m. and noon, according to Hattie Nestel of the No NED Pipeline Affinity Group, which will sponsor the walk. … 0

About Town: All the region's a stage

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Mid-life crises manifest themselves in all kinds of ways. Mine involves wearing elaborate hats, attempting to speak with Southern and Eastern European accents, and learning insiders’ jargon such as “ghost light,” “spike tape” and “merde.” I am late to the theater world, having only started in 2009. By … 0

Lean, green learning machine: Winter farmers market hosts sustainability workshops

Sunday, February 7, 2016

GREENFIELD — The annual Greenfield Winter Fare event at the indoor Farmers Market offered much more than fresh, local foods Saturday. Visitors from all over the Pioneer Valley flocked to the newly renovated Greenfield High School for the … 0

Winter carnival: Hot chili, cool contests & some last-minute snow

Sunday, February 7, 2016

“Bacon!” said Amber Ortiz of Greenfield. “Man, that’s delicious,” she said after taking a bite of chili at the annual chili cook-off at Beacon Field during Greenfield’s Winter Carnival on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Ortiz is one of … 0

United Way to hold Supper For Six event Tuesday

Sunday, February 7, 2016

GREENFIELD — Kids eat — a lot. And for many poor families, the lunch they have at school may be the biggest meal they have each day. But during winter break in February, those students don’t have access to that daily meal. That’s where the United Way’s Supper … 0

Seniors ambivalent about combined youth/senior center

Sunday, February 7, 2016

GREENFIELD — The idea of incorporating a youth component into the new Senior Center building, which was raised during January’s Town Council meeting, is drawing mixed reactions from seniors. While some say they are in favor of a … 1

Magical Child closed; Reopening for liquidation sale later this month

Friday, February 5, 2016

GREENFIELD — After 32 years of business, the owner of the Magical Child toy store on Main Street announced the shop was closing for good Friday, reopening only to liquidate its merchandise later this month. Mary Walsh-Martel first … 0

Planning Board to revisit in-law apartment ordinance

Friday, February 5, 2016

GREENFIELD — The town’s Planning Board will revisit the controversial proposed accessory dwelling unit ordinance and has set a date for two public presentations about the ordinance and what it would mean for residents. During its Thursday night meeting, the board decided it would hold two presentations March … 0

Greenfield Winter Carnival starts today

Friday, February 5, 2016

GREENFIELD — Call it a stroke of luck that snowfall on Friday kicked off the Greenfield Winter Carnival, which continues through the weekend. The annual event put on by the town’s recreation department includes fireworks, sleigh rides, ice … 0

Woman charged in break-in, fight

Friday, February 5, 2016

GREENFIELD — A 31-year-old woman faces charges including breaking and entering after allegedly kicking in an apartment door and fighting with the occupants. Jennifer L. Madsen, whose address was listed as the Days Inn when she was arrested on Nov. 21, 2015, pleaded innocent Friday in Greenfield District … 0

Letter: Making a healthy choice

Friday, February 5, 2016

Thanks for highlighting the serious toll that diabetes takes on the health of people in Franklin County and for drawing attention to the excellent work that the YMCA is doing in partnership with the Community Health Center and others to reduce the impact of this disease. The best … 0