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Greenfield will celebrate Independence Day on Sunday with live music and fireworks at Beacon Field. The rain date is Monday. You can get more details on this and other celebrations under “Fourth of July” in our calendar. Pictured, the 2013 fireworks.

Bigger bang: Fireworks display expected to be longer and better this year

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town is about to get “the best” fireworks display it has ever seen, according to the mayor and the town’s recreation director. Mayor William Martin said the New Hampshire company that short-changed Greenfield for the past three or four years has come to an agreement with the town and promised a “most spectacular show” on Sunday on Beacon Field below Poet’s Seat Tower. Atlas PyroVision Productions Inc. Vice President Matt Shea the fireworks display will be comparable to the town’s Winter Carnival display this past February, but will be much bigger and more exciting. “The Winter Carnival show lasted about 12 minutes,” … 0

Hospital get $450K for surgical wing: 2 donations bring total to $3.5M

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center just got two big donations toward its campaign to raise $5 million locally for its new surgical wing. Greenfield Savings Bank made a commitment of $250,000 and the Baystate Franklin Auxiliary pledged $200,000. These gifts bring the total raised to date to $3.5 million, with the campaign well on track toward reaching its $5 million goal in … 0

Greenfield buys stage for events, rentals

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — Two years ago, when Greenfield officials discussed ways to make the town’s parks safer, especially Hillside Park, which was having problems with illegal activities, someone suggested that Greenfield have more events in them, like concerts and with that suggestion came another — the town should buy a stage. The $105,406 mobile … 1

Chess Club: each game is different

Friday, June 26, 2015

Horace Taft of Buckland deployed his pieces on the chessboard, took a bite out of his chicken salad and set the timer to 50 minutes. Deliberately, he moved his pawn forward one square. And, the game of chess … 0

Green River friends issue trash spotters alert

Sunday, June 28, 2015

GREENFIELD – If you run across any tires, appliances or other large junk on the banks of local rivers this summer, the Friends of the Green River, a chapter of the Deerfield River Watershed Association, wants to know about it so it can be cleaned up. Friends volunteers … 0

Free Harvest Supper set to return on Aug. 23

Thursday, June 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — There will be an 11th Free Harvest Supper. Organizers had their doubts early this spring, but a half-dozen people have stepped up to help, so it’s back on and will be held Aug. 23 on the … 0

Neighbors: Adopt an adult cat for $5 this weekend

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again, folks! Dakin Humane Society is offering its $5 cat adoption for select adult cats on Saturday and Sunday. This weekend only, you can adopt an adult cat for only $5 at both the Springfield and Leverett adoption centers from 12:30 to 5:30 … 0

Handicapped space parking fines to help area’s disabled

Thursday, June 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s Commission on Disability Access will give the sheriff’s TRIAD program about $900 this year to help with the cost of maintaining and repairing necessary access equipment for the town’s disabled residents. Cynthia Dodge, chairwoman of the commission, said it was a unanimous decision by … 0

Letter: Colrain Road roundabout

Thursday, June 25, 2015

As a daily commuter by bicycle and sometimes car, I want to thank those who conceived of and built the rotary on Colrain Road at the entrance to GCC. I was dubious when the project started because I often feel rotaries are dangerous places, especially for bikers and … 0

New energy preserves vibrant future for local pectin business

Thursday, June 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — With an extreme makeover, Pomona is jammin’! For more than 30 years, Connie Sumberg has been Pomona’s Universal Pectin, the jamming goddess of probably millions of home canners around the country. Working from her Conway Street … 0

‘I got my socks blown off’: Dr. Ruth Potee says gov.’s addiction plan much more than she had expected

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Local physician and addiction specialist Dr. Ruth Potee said the governor’s new plan to combat heroin and opioid addiction was far more than she was expecting, in the details and in language acknowledging addiction as a disease. “I was expecting sort of a milquetoast paper that … 0

Greenfield council passes $46.5M budget

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — It took Town Council about an hour to pass a $46.5 million budget for next year. The only discussion came early in the night, when At-large Councilor Isaac Mass made a motion, which failed, to cut $21,000 from the building inspector’s budget. Building Inspector Mark Snow … 0

Tech school projects passed

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Tuesday was the decisive day for the Franklin County Technical School’s roof project, with dire weather predictions and polls open for a districtwide vote to repair the roof and replace aging windows, doors and pavement. Voters didn’t turn … 0