Greenfield school board considers backup plan in superintendent search

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — Worried that one of the two remaining school superintendent finalists may pull out of contention, the Greenfield School Committee will begin looking for an interim leader for next year in case it has to reopen its search. School board members stressed Tuesday that they still hope either Jordana Harper-Ewert or James O’Shea will be the right fit to succeed retiring Superintendent Susan Hollins. But after two superintendent finalists … 0

Town Council tables vacant property ordinance

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Town Council has tabled a proposed ordinance that would require all property owners to maintain their properties, at least to the point that they don’t abandon them and let them slip into disrepair. Several councilors said on Wednesday night that they wanted the ordinance to go back to committee for more work. The council had expected to vote on the … 0

Greenfield has second shot at Meadows Golf Course

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — It looks like the town will have another shot at purchasing the 80-year-old Meadows Golf Course on Deerfield Street. The Town Council gave the mayor the “go-ahead” Wednesday night after Mayor William Martin told councilors that a private buyer has backed out of the deal that stopped the town in its … 0

Precinct 5 preliminary election today

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — Three candidates will vie for two spots on the June ballot today when preliminary election polls open at 7 a.m. Retired Greenfield firefighter John Lyford, local activist and Greenfield Human Rights Commission member Penny Ricketts, and local lawyer specializing in elder law Robert Wainstein will vie … 0

Greenfield school board to talk superintendent finalists tonight

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee will meet tonight to discuss the two superintendent finalists vying to succeed retiring school department leader Susan Hollins. School board members will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall meeting room and will report on the visits they took last week … 0

Neighbors: Local students help others

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. Franklin County Technical School senior Madison Lively of Greenfield and some of her classmates will use their skills as hairdressers-in-training this week to help children, teens and young adults who suffer from medical conditions that cause … 0

Letter: Vote and help

Monday, April 14, 2014

The recent letter from Ms. Ann Dorr regarding Rex Trailer, his children’s program, “Boomtown,” and Senate Bill 1622 recognizing his contribution to awareness of the handicapped caught my attention on several levels. At 12, I was a bit old for the “Boomtown” show in 1956, however, there were … 0

Transition back to civilian tough for this veteran

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is the last in an occasional series of stories about the homecoming experiences of local war veterans. GREENFIELD — Shannon (Hosmer) Gamlin says it hasn’t been easy returning to a life she walked away from … 0

Body pulled from water

Sunday, April 13, 2014

SUNDERLAND — On Saturday, firefighters pulled a man’s body from the Connecticut River after two Shutesbury men in a canoe spotted the body and followed it down the swollen river for nearly two hours. According to the Greenfield Police Department Facebook page, the body found is that of … 0

Creative force behind Artspace to take a rest

Friday, April 11, 2014

Artspace Executive Director Mary Kay Hoffman, who moved to the area 40 years ago to head the then-newly-formed Arts Council of Franklin County, has announced her retirement from the organization. Hoffman, who will turn 70 this summer and … 0

Letter: Clearly, they care

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Once in a while, an unforgettable person or group comes into our lives, and so it was with us insofar as are concerned the housekeepers, aides, therapists, certified nursing assistants, nurses and the management staff itself of Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility in Greenfield. Throughout my wife Roberta’s … 0

Ricketts runs for Precinct 5 council seat in Greenfield

Friday, April 11, 2014

GREENFIELD — Town Council Precinct 5 candidate Penny Ricketts says she supports an updated wetlands ordinance written by the town’s Conservation Commission, but said she cannot support an ordinance written by a Greenfield resident who wants to ban plastic bags and would need more information to support a … 0

Lyford runs for Precinct 5 seat in Greenfield

Friday, April 11, 2014

GREENFIELD — Town Council Precinct 5 candidate John Lyford says he supports an updated wetlands ordinance written by the town’s Conservation Commission and a citizen-written ordinance banning plastic bags from being used at check-out counters in Greenfield, but says an ordinance that would strengthen protection of Native American … 0