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The Greenfield fireworks display at Beacon Field in front of Poet’s Seat Tower on Sunday night. 
Recorder file photo/Matt Burkhartt

Greenfield officials, crowd pleased with fireworks display

Monday, July 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — There wasn’t a bad seat from Beacon to Lunt fields as the sky above Poet’s Seat Tower lit up with colorful fireworks late Sunday night. “I had goose bumps,” said Greenfield Recreation Department Director Christy Moore. “I was particularly blown away by the finale. The entire show was impressive.” Spectators who had gathered at Beacon Field, on the field behind the middle school and on the three Lunt ballfields screamed, hooted, hollered and applauded when the last of the finale’s shells disappeared in the night sky. The town got what it hoped for this year as Atlas Pyrovision Productions Inc. of Jaffrey, N.H., … 0

‘We’re dying’: Police report 3 opioid overdose-related deaths in last 2 weeks

Monday, July 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — People are continuing to die of heroin, about as many in the last few weeks as in some previous years. “We’re dying,” said RECOVER Project Director Linda Sarage. The RECOVER Project, on Federal Street, is a peer-to-peer addiction recovery community. “Our safe places don’t feel safe. We’ve had the Grapevine, we’ve had recovery homes, this opioid epidemic has now crept into … 0

Local agency sending Greenfield homeless kids to summer camp

Monday, July 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Homeless children living with their families in Greenfield hotels and shelters will have the opportunity to go to camp this year for at least two weeks each. Rural Development Inc., a nonprofit in Turners Falls that reached out to the community last month for some financial help, has raised enough money to send all of the camp-aged children to the Greenfield … 0

A pastoral response to suffering

Friday, July 3, 2015

I’ve served as a pastor and as a counselor in a variety of settings since 1990. One of the hardest, as well as one of the most fulfilling, areas where I’ve served is supporting people when they are … 0

Greenfield Police posts Level 3 sex offenders on Facebook

Thursday, July 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — Police have begun posting information about Level 3 sex offenders on Facebook and they say it has already led to one arrest. Greenfield Police Lt. William Gordon said the department has gotten both positive and negative feedback about the decision to post photographs and information about … 0

‘We still can’t find refuge’: Community supports S.C. church shooting victims with vigil

Thursday, July 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — Franklin County residents of many ages, races and ethnicities assembled on the Town Common Thursday to pay respects to the those nine black lives lost two weeks ago in a church shooting in Charleston, S.C. “I … 1

Neighbors: Green River Festival around the corner

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again — the countdown is just seven days. The Green River Festival will be held July 10, 11 and 12 at Greenfield Community College, and there are a limited number of tickets left, … 0

Greenfield sets Independence Day Celebration for Sunday

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town is gearing up for its annual Fourth of July Celebration on Beacon Field, and this year town officials say it’s going to be the best yet. The celebration will begin at 4 p.m. on … 0

‘It’s like speed dating, but for businesses’ County CDC event matches small biz entrepreneurs, mentors

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — Jane Janovsky of South Hadley likes to jam. To make it, that is — the type you spread on your morning toast. A jamming hobbyist for years, Janovsky found two years ago that the spreads she … 0

Police say hoax prompted big response to Greenfield hotel

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — Threatening phone calls that prompted a heavy police response to the Days Inn on Wednesday morning turned out to be a hoax, a case of what is known as “swatting,” according to Greenfield Police Chief Robert … 0

Town, union in standoff over laid-off teachers’ canceled insurance

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — The lines of the original dispute between the union and town and school administration remain drawn essentially as they were at the start. A teacher’s union representative threatened legal action earlier this week, saying recently laid-off teachers unexpectedly lost health insurance they were entitled to through … 0

Greenfield to hire 36 teens thanks to state grant

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town has received a grant from the state attorney general’s office that the mayor plans to use to hire local youths to work as camp counselors and to help various town departments and on the community farm. Mayor William Martin said the $4,950 grant will … 0

Bigger bang: Fireworks display expected to be longer and better this year

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town is about to get “the best” fireworks display it has ever seen, according to the mayor and the town’s recreation director. Mayor William Martin said the New Hampshire company that short-changed Greenfield for the … 0