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Alchemystics frontman Ras Jahn Bullock gestures to the crowd Saturday during the Strangecreek Campout music festival in Greenfield.
Recorder/David Rainville

Thousands settle in for music, fun at Strangecreek

Sunday, May 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Strangecreek Campout kicked off the New England summer music festival season over the weekend, but if you only stayed for the music, you missed half the fun. To get the most of the three-night festival, you had to put down stakes and stay for the long haul. The main-stage alone goes until 11 p.m., after-hours acts perform in camp cabins and acoustic guitars and drum circles can be found by the fire at any hour. Nearly 10,000 people came from all over New England and beyond for the jam-band festival, according to those working for the festival’s organizer, Wormtown Trading Co. It’s … 1

Greenfield native fixed planes during WWII

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Elizabeth “Betty” (Grader) Stange still looks to the sky each time she sits outside her home in Florida, and she dreams about the day she flew her uncle’s plane into Turners Falls Airport. A Greenfield native, Stange was born 98 years ago today and grew up on Silver Street, graduating from Greenfield High … 0

Proposed ordinance amendment on public demonstrations appears dead

Sunday, May 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — A proposal to alter how the town regulates public demonstrations, picketing and other mass assemblies on public property appears to have died in committee. At-large Town Councilor Isaac Mass presented the proposed changes, but after some discussion by the Council Appointments and Ordinances Committee and comments by the public, the committee has decided to explore other options, Chairman Alfred Siano said. … 0

Letter: My Meadows view

Thursday, May 21, 2015

I agree with Priscilla Collins; Greenfield is a small rural town and income levels are low and we are paying the third-highest property tax rate in the state ($17.5 per $1,000). We are paying more than double or triple most other towns and cities our size. But I … 0

Letter: A place for all?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

It was heartening to see the articles about the seniors talking to town officials about the services they want (although I am dubious with it being a “human rights issue”). We, as a community, should be having discussions about what extras we would like to fund. I will … 0

DA’s office IDs couple found dead in Prospect St. apartment

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Northwestern District Attorney’s office has identified the couple found dead Wednesday in their 21 Prospect St. apartment as Margaret Pekkala, 53, and Dennis Pekkala, 54. Investigators shed no further light Thursday on the circumstances of … 0

Retiree health care costs cast shadow, but most towns aren’t worried

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

DEERFIELD — Although the state government is on the hook for a potential $15 billion in the health insurance costs for its retirees over the next three decades, most of the towns in Franklin County aren’t particularly concerned … 0

Two found dead Wednesday morning in Prospect Street home

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — Police on Wednesday were investigating two unexplained deaths on Prospect Street. They responded to an emergency call from 21 Prospect St. at 6:18 a.m., the caller reporting that her neighbor had knocked on her door and … 0

Mayor asks for sex offender ordinance

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — Several residents expressed relief at the Town Council meeting Wednesday night after its president announced a local service agency had decided against placing three Level 3 sex offenders in their neighborhood, which is close to a school and town park. Earlier this week, those residents learned … 1

Franklin County Memorial Day events

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ashfield The Memorial Day parade on Monday begins at 10 a.m. in front of Town Hall, proceeds to Plain Cemetery and to the Veterans Memorial and Civil War Memorial, then back to Town Hall. There will be featured … 0

Baystate Franklin Medical Center to hold skin cancer screening May 29

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — May is National Melanoma and Skin Cancer Detection and Awareness Month. To help raise awareness, the Oncology Department at Baystate Franklin Medical Center and Dr. Joel Gordon, a dermatologist, will co-sponsor a free skin cancer screening on May 29, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., in the … 0

Letter: We mustn’t forget

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Let’s not forget the true meaning of Memorial Day, a day of remembering those men and women who died while serving our country. To all veterans, please march or ride in this Memorial Day parade in remembrance of the sacrifices that were made. TOM TRAVIS Greenfield … 0

Downtown Greenfield building to be razed

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town is going to have to spend its own money to raze a crumbling building on Main Street. Housing Court ordered the building at 188 Main St. be razed after the town took the owner … 1