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Greenfield

Creative economy requires space for artists

Friday, November 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — If you think it’s hard finding a new place to live, try finding an affordable place where you can weld metal sculpture, paint, fire up pottery kilns, set up seasonal “pop-up” shops or rehearse your heavy metal rock band at night. “Artists tend to look for places to make art before they look for their own housing,” says Suzanne LoManto, director of the Turners Falls RiverCulture. A painter … 0

Green power program to launch January

Friday, November 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Residents can expect to save $72 while businesses can expect to save $144 this year on their electric bill because of the new Greenfield Light and Power Program. On Jan. 1, the Greenfield Community Light and Power will offer 100 percent green electricity to residential and commercial utility customers at a lower price than Western Massachusetts Electric Co.’s 2015 electricity prices. … 0

Warm the Children helps family be ready for winter ahead

Friday, November 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — When Precious Burwell moved from New Jersey to Greenfield seven years ago, she and her three children weren’t exactly prepared for New England’s frigid, snowy winters. Burwell said she decided to move to Massachusetts because of the quality of health care that she could receive for her children. With a set … 0

Letter: Sobering state

Monday, November 17, 2014

Holy Gas Pipeline Batman! Here’s a sobering statistic that should make any gas pipeline proponent shutter. For opponents, I suggest that this be forwarded to your respective political faction. By the way, pen my name in the opposition column. According to Popular Science Magazine, 800 is the number … 0

Letter: Fun First Friday

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Thanks to the organizers and merchants involved in Nov. 7’s First Friday event. Although I have been to several, “Mystery on Main” is my favorite theme so far. Dark, brisk, windy — a perfect evening for a mystery! What a treat it was to meet my partner and … 0

Energizing a new economic future

Sunday, November 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — “Together, we can do what doesn’t seem possible.” That phrase, spoken by Marjorie Kelly, author of “Owning Our Future,” during her keynote address at the Creating a Bold New Economy forum held at Greenfield Community College Saturday afternoon, summed up the basic theme of the conference. … 0

Rain gardens are for everyone: Greenfield woman sees greener future with this rainwater runoff solution

Sunday, November 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — A local woman said she is hoping rain gardens soon become as popular as the energy-saving light bulb in Greenfield, Franklin County and beyond. Rain Gardens for You grew out of a conversation Barbara Francis and … 0

$1.8M grant allows for greater drug abuse screening

Sunday, November 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — Over the next two years, health care providers will increase screening for substance abuse, support greater access to appropriate care and better identify patients at highest risk for readmission to the hospital with the help of a state grant awarded to Baystate Franklin Medical Center. The … 0

50,000 insured may have to find new docs

Sunday, November 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — About 50,000 people insured under the state’s MassHealth plan in western Massachusetts will have to find a new Medicaid insurance provider if they want to continue using Baystate Health Systems providers. That’s due to the Springfield hospital system’s failure to reach a contract with MassHealth managed … 0

Breaking boards, striking chords to help Warm the Children

Friday, November 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — With the frigid days of winter drawing closer, nearly a thousand children from local families will be breaking out the winter coats they were given by The Recorder’s Warm The Children campaign, and a number of … 0

Greenfield Library planning for new building

Friday, November 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Public Library is hoping the third time is the charm. The library received a $50,000 planning and design grant from the state this June with a $25,000 match from the town to look at … 0

Holy Trinity to bless new organ; organist Michael Stairs of Philadelphia Orchestra to give concert Sunday

Friday, November 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — Church organist Kathleen Galluzzo is thrilled about Holy Trinity Church’s choice for a new organ, saying parishioners will feel like they’re “wrapped in music” when it plays during Mass and other events. Holy Trinity Church has … 0

Greenfield Schools Notebook

Friday, November 14, 2014

Walking routes to school to be reviewed for safety GREENFIELD — On Dec. 2, town and school leaders will be walking to school as part of an assessment to find safe walking routes for students. The goal of the Greenfield Schools Walk to School program is to have … 0