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Nicholas R. Schauer, 19, of Sunderland was arrested Thursday morning after he reportedly threatened to carry out a "Columbine re-enactment" at Frontier Regional High School. Submitted Photo/Deerfield Police Department

Man who threatened Frontier sent to Bridgewater for evaluation

Friday, October 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — The 19-year-old Sunderland man who was arrested Thursday for threatening to “bring Columbine to Frontier” Regional School was committed to Bridgewater State Hospital for a mental health evaluation following an appearance in Greenfield District Court Friday morning. Nicholas R. Schauer will undergo a 20-day competency evaluation at the locked facility to determine whether he is able to stand … 0

Big Y plans big beer and wine expansion

Friday, October 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — Big Y on the Mohawk Trail will add a Table and Vine store to its supermarket in early November — a space that will be 10 times larger than the space in which beer and wine are currently displayed. According to Mark Snow, the town’s building inspector, renovations will most likely be completed in early- to mid-November. He said Big Y … 0

Greenfield Community Farm to hold fall festival Sunday

Friday, October 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — Expect goats, pumpkin painting and apple bobbing, juggling, heritage turkeys and more at the second annual Fall Farm Festival, Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m., at the Greenfield Community Farm. “The magic of it is the variety,” says Jessica Van Steensburg, co-director of Just Roots, which operates the farm. Van Steensburg, … 0

How can school nurses help prevent substance abuse?

Friday, October 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — The key to combating the opioid addiction crisis is preventing substance abuse whether it is alcohol, cigarettes or painkillers, the region’s school nurses were told Friday. “Young people are making choices in a context,” said Marisa Hebble of the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and … 0

Credit union embezzler jailed, ordered to repay nearly $100,000

Friday, October 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — A former bank teller’s family cried out in disbelief as she was led away in handcuffs to spend the next year in jail. Meghan Porter, 26, was sentenced Friday by Judge Bertha Josephson to two years in jail, with one year to be served and the … 0

Letter: Orwell sums it up

Friday, October 24, 2014

Citizens of Greenfield, MA, USA: Congratulations on your new, 24/7 surveillance cameras overlooking the village square. You are well on your way to becoming a safe community. Thank goodness you had the foresight to build a constabulary far from the town center, lest all that expensive homeland security … 0

Letter: Fossil fuels divestment

Friday, October 24, 2014

Climate activist and eco-philosopher Joanna Macy counsels that it is imperative to celebrate any step we make in contributing to the well-being of our world. Certainly many steps were taken by the over 400,000 people, including many from the Greenfield area, who participated in the Peoples’ Climate March … 0

Letter: Ebola politics

Friday, October 24, 2014

Well. Today’s word (10/18) from the Associated Press is that the World Health Organization has decided it “bungled efforts to halt the spread of Ebola in West Africa.” Then they state “the agency’s own bureaucracy was part of the problem ... it pointed out that the heads of … 0

Letter: We need Kulik

Friday, October 24, 2014

On Nov. 4, I hope voters in the 1st Franklin District will vote for Steve Kulik. He has been working hard for those 19 towns since 1993 and I have known him since 1994. I spoke with him most recently at Clarkdale Fruit Farms in Deerfield a couple … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 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