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Full Opioid Task Force meeting Tuesday

Friday, May 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region will hold a full-group meeting Tuesday. Dr. Ruth Potee will speak on the physiology of addiction. Potee, of Valley Medical Group, treats addiction in her general practice and as medical director for the Franklin County House of Corrections and medical adviser to the Task Force. Liz Whynott of the Tapestry Health needle exchange program will present on the topic of overdose prevention. The meeting is open to the public. Task Force Director Marisa Hebble asks that attendees email her at marisa@opioidtaskforce.org to register. The Opioid Task Force is a locally grown … 0

Greenfield holiday week trash schedule

Friday, May 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — Due to the holiday on Monday, the following will be the rubbish and recycling schedule: ∎ Monday’s collection will be on Tuesday. ∎ Tuesday’s collection will be on Wednesday. ∎ Wednesday’s collection will be on Thursday. ∎ Thursday’s and Friday’s collections will be on Friday. It is important to have the rubbish and recycling curbside by 7 a.m. … 0

Greenfield woman badly burned; neighbor comes to her rescue

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — Kevin Haley of 7 Park St. said a crash from downstairs caught his attention Wednesday night around 10:30, sending him downstairs to find his neighbor badly burned and her apartment beginning to catch fire. “I heard a crash, and I know the people in my building, I knew she was elderly, … 0

Neighbors: Back in Franklin County

Monday, May 18, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m back! What a lovely week we had on the water and in Bermuda. The weather was perfect and we got to see a dolphin and a whale show on the way home. I learned early on in the trip that it really is a small … 0

Letter: Global warming crystal ball

Monday, May 18, 2015

William Gran’s my turn “Face the facts of climate change” seems to come from a magical global warming crystal ball all of these global warming alarmists use. As far as they are concerned, it’s all doom and gloom in the future. Meteorologists cannot even forecast the weather a … 0

Local Big Brothers Big Sisters named one of country’s best

Sunday, May 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — About two years ago, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County faced a budget deficit again for the sixth year in a row. It was about three years away from insolvency and was feeling pressure from … 0

Young professionals needed for community leadership

Sunday, May 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — In many nonprofit boardrooms in Franklin County, members look across the table and see people similar to them — a baby boomer and/or retiree volunteering to help support the community. What they don’t see is those young professionals who are the next generation of leaders. United … 0

State sets hearing on Berkshire Gas agreement with Tennessee Gas

Sunday, May 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Department of Public Utilities has scheduled a public hearing on a proposed agreement between Berkshire Gas Co. and Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., the company proposing to build a natural gas pipeline through Franklin County. The agreement entitles Berkshire Gas to its existing access to the … 0

Film explores plastic bag issue tonight at the library

Sunday, May 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Rights of Nature is showing the award-winning film “Bag It,” about plastics in the environment, on tonight at 6 p.m., downstairs in the Greenfield Public Library. “Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes,” says Sandra Boston of the Rights of Nature group. “Most people … 0

Letter: Bigger than diapers

Sunday, May 17, 2015

I decided to donate to the diaper drive after reading your May 6 article and was shocked to discover how expensive such an essential item cost: $11.99 for 18 diapers, 67 cents each for a product that surely costs pennies to produce. Shame on corporations raking in huge … 0

Letter: Ag Commission

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Greenfield Agricultural Commission is seeking new members who are interested in making sure that the prime farmland in town remains in production through owner use or lease. Many towns in Massachusetts have agricultural commissions, which help farmers looking for good land, increase or diversify their markets or … 0

Greenfield power prices to drop starting Aug. 1

Friday, May 15, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s electricity supply program will offer lower rates for all participants beginning Aug. 1. The rate for residential customers will be reduced to 10.99 cents per kilowatt hour for 100 percent green electricity, and the rates for commercial and industrial customers will be 10.92 cents … 0

Self-defense or unwarranted attack?

Thursday, May 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — A local man has been charged in a stabbing that sent the victim to the hospital via helicopter ambulance Wednesday night. Kaleb Gaudinier, 28, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Thursday to charges of assault to … 1