Trial set for suspect in Frontier threat

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

GREENFIELD — The trial of the Sunderland man who allegedly threatened to “re-enact Columbine” at Frontier Regional School last year is expected to take place in October and last a single day, according to court documents. Nicholas Schauer, 19, has been held at Bridgewater State Hospital since Oct. 24 for psychiatric evaluations. In December, he was deemed competent to stand trial and was ordered to be held indefinitely at the … 0

Letter: Recommended diet

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The U.S. Advisory Panel on Dietary Guidelines has finally mustered the courage to recommend that Americans eat less meat and dairy products. And not just to lower our risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity, but also because it slows the rate of climate changes, with its own devastating consequences. The 572-page report notes that half of all Americans have preventable … 0

Principals discuss potential 4th-grade move

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — Teachers and parents of 153 third-graders in Greenfield’s three elementary schools are waiting to learn what school their young students will attend next year as school officials explore whether the fourth-grade should move back to the elementary level. Over the past two weeks, an Ad-hoc Committee of the School Committee has … 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

People respond to doughnut shop's plight

Sunday, February 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — Dough to make fresh doughnuts wasn’t the only thing being raised at Adams Donuts this weekend. Due to a swiftly organized social media campaign, numerous area residents flocked to the iconic Federal Street doughnut shop Saturday … 0