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Hack for Change: Tech for a good cause

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — A local nonprofit is getting some help with its website from a group of Pioneer Valley techies. Hack for Western Massachusetts, a regional chapter of Hack for Change, which helps nonprofits with their technology each year, will create a new website for DIAL/SELF Youth and Community Services on Federal Street in Greenfield. Each year, more than 100 people bring their “diverse digital development skills” to participate in the … 0

Experts offer legal, technical advice to communities in pipeline’s path

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Although less heated than many forums about the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project that would cross eight Franklin County towns, a two-hour meeting hosted by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments raised several legal and technical considerations for many of the roughly 60 municipal officials and others attending. Jeffrey Bernstein of Newton-based BCK Law told the gathering at Greenfield Community College … 1

Greenfield mayor beaming over Solar Challenge, says he’s ‘very happy’ with program’s success

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Mayor William Martin says the town’s three-month-long Solar Challenge, which ended late last year, was a great success. Martin said he is pleased that 58 residents and businesses — mostly residents — signed contracts for a total of 501 kilowatts of solar electricity that was either ground-mounted or roof-mounted onto their … 0

GHS ranked 43rd in state for offering AP courses

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield High School has been ranked 43rd in the state by U.S. News and World Report for giving students the opportunity to take Advanced Placement courses. “This is a tribute to our teachers,” said Principal Donna Woodcock. “They put in a lot of time helping students … 0

Greenfield tree talk, visioning on Tuesday

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Tree Committee is inviting the public to join them for an informational and visioning gathering about trees in town. The gathering will be held outside on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., next to the Pleasant … 0

Letter: My Meadows view

Thursday, May 21, 2015

I agree with Priscilla Collins; Greenfield is a small rural town and income levels are low and we are paying the third-highest property tax rate in the state ($17.5 per $1,000). We are paying more than double or triple most other towns and cities our size. But I … 0

Letter: A place for all?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

It was heartening to see the articles about the seniors talking to town officials about the services they want (although I am dubious with it being a “human rights issue”). We, as a community, should be having discussions about what extras we would like to fund. I will … 0

DA’s office IDs couple found dead in Prospect St. apartment

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Northwestern District Attorney’s office has identified the couple found dead Wednesday in their 21 Prospect St. apartment as Margaret Pekkala, 53, and Dennis Pekkala, 54. Investigators shed no further light Thursday on the circumstances of … 0

Retiree health care costs cast shadow, but most towns aren’t worried

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

DEERFIELD — Although the state government is on the hook for a potential $15 billion in the health insurance costs for its retirees over the next three decades, most of the towns in Franklin County aren’t particularly concerned … 0

Two found dead Wednesday morning in Prospect Street home

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — Police on Wednesday were investigating two unexplained deaths on Prospect Street. They responded to an emergency call from 21 Prospect St. at 6:18 a.m., the caller reporting that her neighbor had knocked on her door and … 0

Mayor asks for sex offender ordinance

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — Several residents expressed relief at the Town Council meeting Wednesday night after its president announced a local service agency had decided against placing three Level 3 sex offenders in their neighborhood, which is close to a school and town park. Earlier this week, those residents learned … 1

Franklin County Memorial Day events

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ashfield The Memorial Day parade on Monday begins at 10 a.m. in front of Town Hall, proceeds to Plain Cemetery and to the Veterans Memorial and Civil War Memorial, then back to Town Hall. There will be featured … 0

Baystate Franklin Medical Center to hold skin cancer screening May 29

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — May is National Melanoma and Skin Cancer Detection and Awareness Month. To help raise awareness, the Oncology Department at Baystate Franklin Medical Center and Dr. Joel Gordon, a dermatologist, will co-sponsor a free skin cancer screening on May 29, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., in the … 0