The Pushkin Gallery in Greenfield. Recorder/Micky Bedell

Downtown buildings up in air

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — If a downtown developer doesn’t come up with the money and documentation required to cover his multimillion dollar debt before early December, it looks like he could lose the two landmark buildings he has spent years and millions of dollars renovating. What could happen then to those anchors of the town’s commercial heart has local officials watching closely, … 0

GCC earns national green award

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College is one of five community colleges of 1,200 nationwide that is recognized for its environmentally sustainable practices, programs and job training. The college is one of five community colleges awarded with an American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Green Genome Award as part of an expanding national effort … 0

Embezzling teller gets 2nd sentencing delay

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — Sentencing for a convicted embezzler has been postponed for the second time. Meghan Porter, 26, stole $92,000 from a single customer’s accounts in 2011 and 2012 while employed as head teller of Freedom Credit Union’s Greenfield branch. Porter pleaded guilty Sept. 3 in Franklin Superior Court to two counts of larceny over $250 by a single scheme. Her sentencing was scheduled … 0

Warm clothes help needy family

Friday, September 26, 2014

ORANGE — “I think that one is going to be too small for her,” said April Tatro, as her husband, Aldo, tried to pull a small pink knit hat over their 2-year-old daughter Aubree’s tiny head. He tugged … 0

Letter: Aiding the arts

Friday, September 26, 2014

There have been a number of recent letters about the plight of artists in area. First, be aware there are number of state initiatives, such as the local cultural councils, there is one in EVERY TOWN, which has a grant cycle that needs to be submitted by Oct … 0

Town Meetings, Sept. 29-Oct. 4

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ashfield Planning Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 7:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Energy Committee: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation … 0

United by service: United Way kicks off annual campaign

Friday, September 26, 2014

GREENFIELD — In Somerset, years ago, a young boy named Steve and his siblings were on a path to living a life of poverty. Steve and his family lived in a broken home and had limited knowledge of … 0

Greenfield police officer injured in late-night traffic stop struggle

Friday, September 26, 2014

GREENFIELD — A police officer broke her ankle while wrestling to gain control of a Vermont woman early Friday morning. Officer Emily Rowell was called to a 2 a.m. traffic stop to frisk an unruly female passenger, according to a report by Officer Jay Butynski. As Rowell frisked … 0

Business brewing

Friday, September 26, 2014

About a year old as a co-op, but making drinks that date back more than 2,000 years, one Greenfield business is brewing some big changes on Wells Street. Artisan Beverage Cooperative, which formed out of Katalyst Kombucha and … 0

Neighbors: Regional magazine features valley art scene

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hello neighbor. If you love art and the Pioneer Valley, you’ll want to pick up a copy of Art New England magazine this month (September-October issue). Two articles focus on the Pioneer Valley — a destination piece and a section called “Focus On” — and both were written … 0

Greenfield pantry starving for food

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — On Tuesday morning as the Center for Self-Reliance Food Pantry opened its doors to offer families and individuals produce, breads and canned goods, it had to turn people away. There was no food on the shelves. “This is not normal for us to have to turn … 0

Pan Am train derails in Greenfield

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — Last week, emergency responders gathered to plan how they’d handle a fiery train derailment. Wednesday morning, responders found themselves faced with something less dangerous but real — when a freight train derailed on a stretch of … 0

Community walk against suicide on Oct. 5

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — About 700,000 people will make a suicide attempt requiring medical care and more than 38,000 will die by suicide in the United States every year, says the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In Franklin County, two people have killed themselves just this year by jumping from … 0