Greenfield is planning to use the property that now houses the town's school administration offices and community gardens as a new home for the town's senior center. The offices will be moved to the Greenfield Middle School.
 Recorder file photo/Paul Franz

Public weighs in on senior center sustainability, use, design

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

GREENFIELD — When it comes to the town’s new senior center, sustainability, potential use by youth and the community, and the physical design of the new building are on the minds of the public. About 30 residents of wide-ranging ages voiced their ideas at an informational meeting Wednesday night, which featured presentations by Jerry Moore, chairman of the Senior Center … 0

Greenfield School Committee approves central office move to middle school

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

GREENFIELD — Greenfield’s School Department will proceed with a plan to move the central administrative offices to the Greenfield Middle School on Federal Street. The committee voted unanimously Wednesday night to support the plan, which would involve renovating unoccupied space on the school’s first floor. The build-out would cost roughly $750,000, which chairman … 0

What does it take to build a new library? Erving, Greenfield, other towns look to Athol’s shiny new example

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

When Athol’s public library took shape in 1918 it was built on land given by local businessman Laroy Starrett and with money donated by industrialist and noted library philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, but behind that were decades of negotiations and politics as the book collection moved from one temporary home to another. When the … 0

Goodbye, Dolly! For six decades, Franklin County at her fingertips

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Dolores “Dolly” Gagnon, who’s had her fingers on the pulse of the community for more than six decades at The Recorder, is ready to take a breath for some serious gardening. Gagnon has been the face — and … 0

Town looking to take ‘synergistic’ approach to library, public safety complex projects

Thursday, February 4, 2016

GREENFIELD — The town is eyeing the former Carr Hardware and current juvenile court properties on Wells and Main streets as a prospective site for a new police and fire station. Mayor William Martin said over the past … 0

Plans moving along for Greenfield broadband

Thursday, February 4, 2016

GREENFIELD — The design for a complete build-out of a hybrid fiber-optic/wireless broadband network in town is still in progress, according to Mayor William Martin, who said he expects plans will be complete in a couple of weeks. … 0

Neighbors: Share your Valentine’s Day stories with your neighbors

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Hello neighbor. As we approach Valentine’s Day, I’d love to hear — and possibly share — some of your stories. Please send me some of your fondest Valentine’s Day memories, whether it be about your partner, children or pets. Also known as Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast … 0

Greenfield Savings receives high marks

Thursday, February 4, 2016

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Savings Bank has once again made the grade. The financial institution was recently given an A+ national financial health rating by, an online publication dedicated to banking/savings information for consumers. Banks submit their quarterly … 0

Greenfield DPW director disputes wastewater plant violation allegations

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

GREENFIELD — After a Greenfield resident spoke before the Town Council at its most recent meeting to voice concern over a series of ongoing Environmental Protection Agency violations at the town’s wastewater treatment plant, the director of the … 0

Deadline Friday to send love letters to homebound seniors

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

TURNERS FALLS — Meals on Wheels recipients in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region will receive handmade cards from local volunteers as part of an annual Love Letters initiative by LifePath, Inc, formerly known as Franklin County Home Care. But if you want to submit one, the … 0

Winter Carnival fun

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

GREENFIELD — When the town’s annual Winter Carnival began in the early 1920s, contestants would race toboggans down chutes at breakneck speeds on the hill beneath the Poet’s Seat Tower — known as Rocky Mountain — and skiers … 0

Letter: A senior center only

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The headlines announce: Town Council votes for money for design phase of new senior center. We seniors are more than delighted; so excited — at long last things will move on with an actual end date in sight. But now — those who are new to the many … 1

Extra street-sweeping money to be used to clear Murphy Park brush pile

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

GREENFIELD — By the end of the week, a large pile of tree brush that’s been sitting in Murphy Park for nearly 10 years will be cleaned up, according to Department of Public Works Director Donald Ouellette. “It’s a huge impact and we’ve actually run out of room … 0