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Esmé Sautter, 2, digs into a doughnut outside Adams Donuts in Greenfield on Saturday. Her family participated in the second cash mob for the local business, which faces closure if it cannot raise the money needed to replace the hood over its deep fryer. "We already come on a fairly regular basis, but this is a great excuse," Esmé's mother, Rachel Sautter, said. (Recorder/Micky Bedell)

Sweet ending: Adams Donuts owner upbeat about its future

Monday, March 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — Adams Donuts owner Carrie Brown was upbeat about the local doughnut institution’s future Monday, with more than half its original stay-in-business fundraising goal reached and a revised goal within reach. The 59-year-old shop was threatened with being shut down on March 17 when fire officials had earlier discovered the fryer hood did not meet code or have a … 0

Local social service agency behind governor’s plan for homeless families in hotels

Monday, March 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — The executive director of an organization that has been working to help homeless families adjust to life in two local hotels for the past three years said she shares the governor’s goal to reduce family homelessness by investing more in its prevention. Robin Sherman, executive director of Franklin County Regional Housing … 1

Neighbors: Precipitation prognosticator: only two or three snowfalls left

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’ve got some good news! Winter is technically almost over and Franklin County’s precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy agrees. Farrah had counted 17 of the 23 snowfalls she predicted early this winter by Feb. 25 and, of course, we had another one this past weekend. That makes 18 snowfalls she has counted herself. But Farrah, who lives in Easthampton now, said she … 0

Even in cold, Franklin County home sales strong

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — While eastern Massachusetts real estate agents are having a tough time selling homes in a frigid snowy winter, sellers in our part of the state are having an easier go of it. “We’ve actually had an … 0

Hoping for sweet solution

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Early Tuesday morning, Fred Putala of Greenfield sat on a corner stool at Adams Donuts and chatted with friends about town news over a cup of coffee. Across from him, he traded jokes with Don Girard of Turners Falls. Carrie Brown, owner of the 59-year-old business, … 0

Chief justice visits Franklin County

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — The expanding role of courts in the expanding opioid addiction problem was a recurring thread in the temporary Munson Street courthouse Tuesday as the state’s top judge paid a visit and met with judges, staff and … 0

Prom dress drive

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — It’s almost that time of year again: high school prom season. And that means students will have to shell out hundreds of dollars again for a ball gown or black tux they may only wear once. … 0

Cramming for the big exam

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is not the same school the state saw last summer and placed on probation, school officials say. Since being placed on probation, the virtual school has hired new staff, implemented new programs and improved student learning to meet and exceed state … 0

“Story of Seeds”

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — “Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds,” film screening and discussion with Greening Greenfield will be tonight at 6:30 p.m., First Congregational Church at 43 Silver St. This free film and discussion addresses how ordinary citizens can start saving organic seeds from our gardens and help preserve … 0

For some Greenfield students, longer days needed to fulfill extended learning grant requirements

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Students at the Greenfield Middle School and Math and Science Academy are facing longer school days this year as part of state requirements for the Expanded Learning Time programs. To come into compliance with a state grant, the Greenfield School Committee voted to have the superintendent … 0

Food Bank cuts hurt Franklin County pantries

Monday, February 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Food assistance programs and pantry directors in Franklin County — who say they have become hungrier for food aid after the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts implemented new changes designed to give more food to Hampden … 0

Woman scuffles with cops during traffic stop arrest

Monday, February 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — A local woman faces drunken driving and assaulting a police officer charges after a weekend arrest. Suzanne Mitchell, 52, of 173 Conway St., pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Monday to charges of operating under the … 0

Letter: To my water pipe rescue

Monday, February 23, 2015

I awakened on a recent morning to a mere trickle of water from my faucet. By mid-afternoon, thanks to Greenfield DPW, full service was restored. It is too easy to take our civil servants for granted. From my phone call to Judy at DPW at 7:15 a.m., to … 0