Volunteer John Preston of Greenfield reads 'Bad Kitty" to children in the Title 1 Reading Academy at the Four Corners School on Wednesday. The children are Maliea Ames, 6, Jenavecia Hamel, 6, and William Renaud, 7. Recorder/Paul Franz

Summer reading program helps children turn the page

Sunday, August 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — For elementary school students, summer is a time of endless diversions — and of forgetting how to read. School has been out since June, but on Wednesday, teachers marshaled students through the halls of Four Corners. Wednesday was the second-to-last day of school for the 70 Greenfield elementary students enrolled in the four-week Title 1 Summer Reading Academy. … 0

Cows, calves put on a show for 4-H

Sunday, August 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — The livestock section of the Franklin County Fairgrounds was busy during the weekend, with 110 cows and calves in the stalls and 58 competitors bunking down in the exhibit buildings for a Massachusetts State 4-H Dairy Show. Chris Porrovecchio, 17, of Bernardston was named supreme junior champion for his efforts and … 0

Letter: GCTV’s live coverage

Sunday, August 2, 2015

I write to applaud our own community access television station, GCTV, for fullfilling the promise of the medium: Live local coverage of an event of huge significance to our region, the FERC hearing on the proposed pipeline at the Greenfield Middle School, July 29. No national or regional TV stations were going to cover this. And if our Springfield channels covered it at … 0

Nashs Mill bridge fix could take up to a decade

Thursday, July 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Nashs Mill bridge over the Green River has been accepted into the state’s Transportation Improvement Program, but that means it could be a decade before it’s replaced, so the town is still looking at other … 0

WiredWest awaits state approval of business plan

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) has not yet evaluated WiredWest’s business plan but is preparing to, according to MBI Director Eric Nakajima. The issue came up last week in Colrain, when selectmen and Crocker Communications sales director Bill Stathis discussed whether WiredWest’s minimum broadband service fee, $49 per … 1

Downtown officer will have own office on Main Street

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s downtown patrolman will soon have an office he can call his own. Greenfield Police Department will move its downtown officer, Cody Guilbault, into a small office in the same building as Greenfield’s Planning Department … 0

FERC gets an earful: Scores turn up the heat on regulators over pipeline

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — Federal regulators got an earful Wednesday night from nearly 600 people at an environmental scoping hearing on Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project. The region’s entire state legislative delegation, Congressman James McGovern and … 1

Franklin County keeps its cool

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — The dog days of summer finally arrived in Franklin County this week, so locals took to the beach and cooled off with seasonal favorites. “It’s been hot,” said Virginia Christi of Colrain, who spent her entire … 0

Letter: Trouble with eggs

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The U.S. egg industry is reeling from a colossal outbreak of avian flu, mostly among egg-laying chickens. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 48 million birds, accounting for 11 percent of the nation’s egg-laying hens, have been slaughtered for fear of infection during the past few months. … 0

Letter: Our power capacity

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tom Relihan’s piece, “Utilities: Electric rates to drop, but root cause of spikes remains,” is the kind of balanced, well-researched stuff we need on a subject of both immediate (pocketbook) and larger (Greenland may be melting) concern. Some comments: Testimony to his objectivity (tough in this town) is … 2

Letter: Cautionary tale

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I was told this story from a Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles person. A young man was tested for his beginners driver’s licensee, and passed. However, the official cautioned the driver that he should be aware of the speed limit signs. In the afternoon, the trooper was on … 0

How to submit environmental comments for proposed pipeline

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — Unless otherwise noted, Aug. 31 is the last day to submit questions, comments and concerns to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for Docket No. PF14-22-000. Comments relating to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project to bring natural gas to nine Franklin County … 0

Local charities real winners of mayor’s golf tournament

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — Two local social service agencies will benefit from Team Greenfield’s second win in two years at the Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament. On July 24, Mayor William Martin and his Team Greenfield took first place in the … 0