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Mary Walsh-Martel, owner of the now-closed Magical Child toy store on Main Street in Greenfield. 
Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

Magical Child closed; Reopening for liquidation sale later this month

Friday, February 5, 2016

GREENFIELD — After 32 years of business, the owner of the Magical Child toy store on Main Street announced the shop was closing for good Friday, reopening only to liquidate its merchandise later this month. Mary Walsh-Martel first opened the store in Shelburne Falls in 1983 and moved to Greenfield 12 years later. She put her business on the market … 0

Planning Board to revisit in-law apartment ordinance

Friday, February 5, 2016

GREENFIELD — The town’s Planning Board will revisit the controversial proposed accessory dwelling unit ordinance and has set a date for two public presentations about the ordinance and what it would mean for residents. During its Thursday night meeting, the board decided it would hold two presentations March 17 — one at 1:30 p.m. at the Senior Center and another at 7 p.m. … 0

Greenfield Winter Carnival starts today

Friday, February 5, 2016

GREENFIELD — Call it a stroke of luck that snowfall on Friday kicked off the Greenfield Winter Carnival, which continues through the weekend. The annual event put on by the town’s recreation department includes fireworks, sleigh rides, ice carvings and a cardboard sled contest. This year’s theme is “Winter is Magic.” Given the … 0

Inmates cook up marketable skills in Franklin County jail’s pizza-making program

Sunday, January 31, 2016

GREENFIELD — James “JR” Kelley said he’s always been interested in food, and once he’s released from the Franklin County House of Correction, where he’s been serving time for a little more than a year, he’ll leave with … 0

Hospital to hold Chocolate Fantasy

Sunday, January 31, 2016

GREENFIELD — It’s Chocolate Fantasy time for 2016 at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. The hospital’s volunteers and member of the Baystate Franklin Auxiliary will hold their annual Chocolate Fantasy fundraiser Feb. 12, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the hospital’s main conference rooms. This year, funds raised at … 0

Letter: Restore Highland Pond

Sunday, January 31, 2016

What a glorious day today (Sunday, Jan. 24) on Highland Pond. My son Sam and I skated, played hockey with friends and met several Greenfield residents. We were all in agreement that restoring the warming hut, increasing access to the pond in winter, and encouraging residents and visitors … 0

Letter: I offer a challenge

Sunday, January 31, 2016

I challenge anyone after reading my letter to prove me wrong about the following statements: I firmly believe; more CO2 is created and expelled into the earth’s atmosphere from manufacturing, transportation and installation of solar panels and wind turbines than what is “saved” by their use. This is … 4

Staff requests top Greenfield school budget requests

Friday, January 29, 2016

GREENFIELD — Additional faculty and staff again proved the priority for the rest of Greenfield’s schools, who made their annual budget requests before the Greenfield School Committee’s Budget and Finance Subcommittee this week. The presentations followed the elementary schools’ round of requests last week. At Greenfield Middle School, … 0

Hospital still without permanent president

Friday, January 29, 2016

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center is still without a permanent president six months after Steven F. Bradley of Pelham abruptly resigned last summer, and it’s still not clear what the future of that position looks like for the hospital. Springfield-based Baystate Health spokesperson Benjamin Craft said Dr. … 0

MBI to meet with cable towns on broadband expansion options

Friday, January 29, 2016

Over the next few weeks, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute will meet with officials in towns with partial broadband access to talk about “last mile” broadband options through Comcast Cable. The Franklin County towns with partial cable access through Comcast include Buckland, Conway, Northfield and Shelburne. MBI has set … 0

Letter: Bernie’s health plan

Friday, January 29, 2016

The recent articles on Bernie Sanders’ health care plan have been pretty good. The idea put forth by The Clintons (Hillary, Bill, and Chelsea) that Bernie’s plan would somehow automatically destroy Obamacare and other scattershot, piecemeal health programs is absurd. A proposal or plan is not a completed … 0

Letter: Why so much mutual aid?

Friday, January 29, 2016

I couldn’t help but notice the recent Birch Street single-family house fire resulted in nine additional towns responding. That sounds like a ridiculous amount of mutual aid for a single-family house fire. Perhaps it was an error in reporting? I think of all of those additional units responding … 0

Letter: Biased cartoons

Friday, January 29, 2016

In Saturday’s Recorder there were four editorial cartoons making fun of, and demonizing the Republican frontrunner for president, FOUR! And yet there wasn’t one doing the same for any Democrat. Not one. And this seems to be the norm. Why? Does this seem fair? Do you still pretend … 0