The former car dealership on Shelburne Road in Greenfield will soon be a John Deere dealership. Recorder/Paul Franz

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 working for the family-owned company in 1984 and purchased it with her in 2004. “We’re not only moving to Greenfield, but celebrating … 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 room as well as programs and services appealing to women. The Y’s yoga instructors, massage … 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 both, then the Historic Railroad Scenes of Franklin County calendar is for you. Local historians … 0

Virtual School faces probation

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — After 15 months as an independent school, Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is facing probation due to poor academic performance and governance issues. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is scheduled today to vote whether to accept state Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester’s recommended 20-month … 0

How are local EMTs preparing for Ebola?

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — While hospitals and emergency rooms have been preparing for potential Ebola cases where they are likely first to appear, emergency medical technicians are also prepping as the frontline healthcare workers out in the field. The Western Massachusetts Emergency Medical Services Inc. has advised local EMS services … 0

No-go for Greenfield sick-leave hearing

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Human Right’s Commission was unable to hold Monday’s scheduled hearing on the state’s universal sick leave ballot question, Question 4, in the absence of members and the speaker. With only three of nine members present, the commission did not have the quorum necessary to … 0

Greenfield Local Cultural Council seeks proposals by Wednesday

Sunday, October 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Cultural Council is looking for applications. Wednesday is the postmark deadline for grant applications for a share of the council’s $9,000 available this year. The council supports all forms of culture, including heritage and natural history, performing and visual arts, participatory and experimental events. … 0

Portrait sessions to raise money for United Way

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — Local hospital employees are sponsoring a family portrait opportunity at Hallmark Institute of Photography to raise money for the United Way of Franklin County. The portrait sessions are Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hallmark Institute of Photography, Industrial Boulevard, off Millers Falls … 0

‘Brookie’ abode renamed River Works Park

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — The new Deerfield Street mini-park where “Brookie,” the 10-foot-long fish sculpture made of stainless-steel cutlery, stands will now be called River Works Park. Mayor William Martin, the Greening Gateway Sculpture Committee and Town Council have agreed … 0

Greenfield re-establishes its Youth Commission

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — Mayor William Martin said he would like to see the town’s newly re-established Youth Commission work with agencies in the area to determine what the town should be offering its youth and what others are doing for them so services are not duplicated. “I’ll be working … 0

Letter: What’s the deal?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Michael Egan’s letter to the editor of Oct. 9 states, if I’m reading it correctly, that the present legislation for casinos allows them to serve free or reduced price alcoholic beverages! This should be looked into. If it is true, who wrote the legislation that facilitates drunk driving, … 0

Paid sick leave ballot question topic of public hearing today

Sunday, October 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — The town Human Rights Commission will hold a public hearing on proposed state ballot Question 4 on sick leave today at 6 p.m. at the Town Hall meeting room. Question 4 proposes to entitle employees in Massachusetts to the benefits of earned sick time. If approved … 0

Historians and Greenfield mayor want Wiley & Russell Dam to stay

Sunday, October 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Though it doesn’t appear a decision will be made in the near future, people are still debating the fate of the 78-year-old timber crib dam that spans the Green River at Meridian Street. For more than … 0