Peter Wingate, director of energy programs at Community Action, talks about fuel assistance funds.  
(Recorder/Paul Franz)

Fuel assistance up as program begins today

Friday, October 31, 2014

GREENFIELD — The autumn leaves are falling and the clock is being wound back this weekend, which inevitably means one thing — winter is coming. But despite the unpredictable New England winter, this year is already looking to be less frigid than last year — at least when it comes to paying for heat. Fuel assistance is up an average … 0

BFMC parent among hospitals to accept Ebola patient transfers

Friday, October 31, 2014

GREENFIELD — The parent health system of Baystate Franklin Medical Center is one of six Massachusetts hospitals that will accept transfers for Ebola patients. The state Department of Public Health announced that Baystate Medical Center in Springfield will accept transfers from other hospitals in Massachusetts based on existing referral relationships and capacity. It joins Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, Brigham … 0

Going public: FRTA wants to know what it would take to get you on the bus

Friday, October 31, 2014

GREENFIELD — There are a lot of moving pieces to consider when you sit down to try to improve public transportation in the state’s most rural county. The Franklin Regional Transit Authority, which serves 41 towns in four counties, has its work cut out for it. So the agency is in the process … 0

Nurturing men — The pro-feminist man

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The key to stopping domestic violence, social workers say, is preventing it in the first place by changing cultures and attitudes and how society sees men in particular. While some local groups are trying to change men’s view … 0

Why I stayed: He had financial security

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

It was hours before “Marie” would walk down the aisle to marry “Bill,” a wealthy Oregon man she had met two years earlier. Marie, who has lived in Franklin County for 17 years and Greenfield for 10 years, had met Bill in 1995 at an outdoor concert in … 0

‘I have to break the cycle’

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — “I hurt everyone including myself,” he says. “I know domestic violence is a big issue. I feel ashamed. I know it’s wrong, but I have to find a way to work on myself.” “John,” whose real … 0

Breast health: What you need to know

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — Approximately 40,000 women and 430 men in the United States will die from breast cancer in 2014. Another estimated 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among U.S. women this year, according to … 0

What will be next act for the bank?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — They say “third time’s a charm.” That’s what Franklin County Community Development Corp. hopes as it revisits what it wants to do with the former First National Bank on Bank Row, a process it has conducted … 1

Judge refuses to halt medical marijuana selection process

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The state high court has denied the request of preliminary injunction by a locally based nonprofit to halt the state medical marijuana selection process. The Suffolk Superior Court denied the motion filed in August against the state Department of Public Health by J.M. Farm’s Patient … 0

I-91 ramp closures and Route 2 closures today; delays on Friday

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — Various lanes and ramps will be closed today near the interchange of Interstate 91 and Route 2 due to paving of about a three-mile stretch to the Gill town line. The closures and detours will be between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., so motorists should take … 0

Letter: Curbside better than deposit

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Surprise! Bud Foster here: Yes, I am still active at 94 years old. I have been fighting the FORCED deposit on bottles for nearly 40 years. There is a better way: RECYCLE. We were one of 10 states with a FORCED deposit bottle bill. Delaware scrapped their bottle … 0

Letter: Expand deposit bill

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Connecticut River Watershed Council recently held our 18th annual Source to Sea Cleanup, a two-day coordinated trash cleanup along rivers and streams throughout the four-state watershed. Despite widely accessible local recycling programs, volunteers every year find thousands of beverage containers in our rivers and along the banks. … 0

Doctors may see abuse when victims seek care

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

GREENFIELD — Victims of domestic violence suffer from a number of adverse health outcomes, from asthma to joint disease, as a result of the physical and emotional abuse inflicted by an intimate partner — conditions for which emergency … 0