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: On the landscape

Friday, November 14, 2014

Hey Mr. Carville, my Democrat brother (read socialist), if you love the beauty of solar panels and wind turbines so much, you need to visit my home state of Texas. You can drive for hundreds of miles in East Texas and see these awesomely behemoth oil rigs and … 0

Selectmen address opioid problem

Thursday, November 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — Small town governments are another avenue through which the Opioid Task Force is looking to get traction on the heroin and painkiller problem. Thursday night Opioid Task Force member John Merrigan and coordinator Marisa Hebble presented data on the problem and information on efforts underway to … 0

Greenfield’s covered bridge reopens

Thursday, November 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — With dozens gathered around them early Thursday morning, Maria Herkner and Pat Webb of Greenfield cut the ribbon to allow for a maroon-colored 1935 Ford and a fire-red Ferrari to cross the covered bridge on Eunice … 0

Neighbors: TFHS to hold its fourth all-class reunion

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hello neighbor. Hey, it’s that time of year again — my alma mater, Turners Falls High School (Class of 1976 and proud of it) is holding its Alumni Association’s fourth annual All-Class Reunion the day after Thanksgiving. It will be held on the nightclub side of Between the … 0

Arts Block, Pushkin safe from auction — for now

Thursday, November 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — The auction of the downtown Pushkin and Arts Block buildings, scheduled for Dec. 2, will likely be delayed. The foreclosure auction has already been pushed back once. Debtor Ed Wierzbowski filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection before a Sept. 22 auction could be held, placing an … 0

Council members hold food drive on Town Common

Thursday, November 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — Canned goods, jars of salsa, cereal boxes and even shampoo bottles were some of the things the Town Council collected for those in need, filling rows of boxes on the Town Common Thursday afternoon. Town Council … 0

Erving man faces drug charges

Thursday, November 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — An Erving man was arrested Thursday on charges of selling marijuana mixed with oregano, according to police. Douglas Belanger, 26, of 85 Mountain Road, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Thursday to charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of Suboxone without a … 0

Franklin County teachers rated proficient, in line with most of state

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — Teachers and administers in Franklin County schools have been rated as “proficient,” according to new data on educator evaluations released this week by the state. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Wednesday released the second year of educator evaluations. Similar to the first year, the … 0

Scars of war: International judge tells GCC audience of time overseeing war crime trials

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — Though the atrocities committed in the Bosnian War between 1992 and 1996 are over, the scars they left are still there, and those responsible are still being brought to justice. Judge Patricia Whalen presided over seven … 0

Opening the circle

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — After an eight-year partnership with NELCWIT, the Visioning B.E.A.R. Circle, a Native American domestic and sexual violence prevention group, is branching off from its sister agency and penning its own evidence-based curriculum. The Visioning B.E.A.R. Circle, … 0