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Pyers resigns: After paid leave, Greenfield economic development director leaves post

Friday, January 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s economic development director has resigned as of Feb. 2 at 5 p.m., and the mayor said Friday he is taking some responsibility for the 63-year-old official’s decision. Robert Pyers of Florence, who has been in the position since July 7, 2009, presented his letter of resignation to the town late Thursday saying he plans to retire. He has been on paid administrative leave since Jan. 13. According to Dennis Helmus, the town’s human resources director, the paid leave ended Friday at 5 p.m. — at about the same time an internal investigation of Pyers ended. Helmus said Pyers will use vacation … 0

Former co-op manager charged with embezzlement held on $75,000 bail

Friday, January 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Bail for Dwight Gaddis, the former general manager of the Franklin Community Cooperative accused of stealing $60,000 from the member-owned food co-op, was set at $75,000 cash during his arraignment in Franklin County Superior Court Friday. Gaddis, 51, of Chanhassen, Minn., entered not guilty pleas on five charges of larceny over … 0

Rollover closes Barton Road

Friday, January 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Part of Barton Road was closed for about an hour Friday night when a pick-up rolled onto its side, forcing emergency responders to break the front window to extract the driver. Capt. Andrew Garvin of the Greenfield Fire Department said the accident occurred around 7:27 p.m. Emergency responders arrived on the scene to find the truck lying across the road on … 0

Sending an S.O.S.: Elder advocacy groups urge Baker to not cut budget

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — Concerned that they will be targeted again for budget cuts, elder advocacy groups are urging Gov. Charlie Baker not to impose additional cuts to elderly home care. The Legislature and the Republican governor are trying to work out ways to resolve a multi-million-dollar mid-year deficit. “We’re … 0

Volunteers deliver books to those who can’t make it to library

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — On Tuesday morning, Bonnie Beth Pierce of Greenfield headed toward Elm Terrace with a stack of books from the Greenfield Public Library. As she arrived, Mary Blaire, a vivacious 85-year-old waited on her doorstep. With a … 0

Kennametal begins adding jobs

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — Kennametal Inc. has begun adding about a third of the 70 jobs it promised the town it would within the next five years in return for a tax break. According to company spokeswoman Christina Sutter, Kennametal will also begin an almost $5 million, five-year expansion on … 0

Greenfield bids to take on school business management

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town may be taking on the business of the schools temporarily. The town is making a bid on school business services, which the School Committee has decided to temporarily contract out until it finds a permanent business manager, according to Mayor William Martin. Former school … 0

Green group to show film about plastic

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greening Greenfield and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice will host a film and discussion later this month that will explore the effects of plastic on people, wildlife and the environment. “Bag It!” will be shown at First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St. on Jan. 28 … 0

Alleged knife-point store robber held on $10K bail

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — The man charged with robbing the Main Street Cumberland Farms at knife-point early Saturday morning was held Monday in lieu of $10,000 cash bail. James R. Kelley, also known as JR, 25, of 25 4th St., Turners Falls, pleaded innocent Monday at two arraignments in Greenfield … 0

Despite ineffectiveness, doctors still recommend getting flu shot this year

Monday, January 19, 2015

GREENFIELD — While federal health officials say this year’s flu vaccine is less effective than previous years, local doctors and nurses encourage people to continue to get vaccinated to stay healthy. “The flu shot and good hygiene are … 0

‘Education must be the right of all’

Monday, January 19, 2015

GREENFIELD — “I have always found this day to be a day in which our community can come together and not only celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, but more, his life’s work,” Greenfield Community College President … 0

Neighbors: Relay For Life kicks off 20 years; one team kicks off 10

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s never too early to talk about the 20-year-old Relay For Life of Franklin County, and I’m sure over the next few months you’ll be hearing a lot about different groups holding fundraisers for cancer research … 0

Greenfield to get more road money

Monday, January 19, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town recently learned it will receive $320,199 more than it thought it would in state aid for roads and bridges this year. Mayor William Martin said the state told him Gov. Charles Baker, the Republican … 0