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The Greenfield fireworks display at Beacon Field in front of Poet Seat Tower on Sunday night. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

‘That was insane’

Sunday, July 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Some were expecting a bigger bang than in years past, others were surprised to hear past shows weren’t what they were supposed to be. But everyone wanted to see fireworks Sunday in Greenfield. “It’s supposed to be the best ever, we’ll see,” said 42-year Beacon Street resident Carla Bernier before the show, waiting for the fireworks on her front steps with friends and family gathered in the yard. The town last year learned it had not been getting the show it paid for between 2011 and 2014. In fact, the display was short-changed to the tune of half in 2014. Sunday’s show was … 0

United Arc plans to build two, instead of three, duplexes on Summer Street

Sunday, July 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — The local agency that has been serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for more than six decades has decided to build two duplexes, instead of three, on property it owns on Summer Street. The United Arc had recently asked the town to approve its plans to build three duplexes on … 0

Playground named for late children’s advocate

Sunday, July 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Noel Russell was the kind of person who put others before herself. After being diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 23, she kept working with children at a school in West Springfield as a social worker, frequently going in with a chemotherapy pump attached to her side and buying … 0

Neighbors: Adopt an adult cat for $5 this weekend

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again, folks! Dakin Humane Society is offering its $5 cat adoption for select adult cats on Saturday and Sunday. This weekend only, you can adopt an adult cat for only $5 at both the Springfield and Leverett adoption centers from 12:30 to 5:30 … 0

Handicapped space parking fines to help area’s disabled

Thursday, June 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s Commission on Disability Access will give the sheriff’s TRIAD program about $900 this year to help with the cost of maintaining and repairing necessary access equipment for the town’s disabled residents. Cynthia Dodge, chairwoman of the commission, said it was a unanimous decision by … 0

Letter: Colrain Road roundabout

Thursday, June 25, 2015

As a daily commuter by bicycle and sometimes car, I want to thank those who conceived of and built the rotary on Colrain Road at the entrance to GCC. I was dubious when the project started because I often feel rotaries are dangerous places, especially for bikers and … 0

New energy preserves vibrant future for local pectin business

Thursday, June 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — With an extreme makeover, Pomona is jammin’! For more than 30 years, Connie Sumberg has been Pomona’s Universal Pectin, the jamming goddess of probably millions of home canners around the country. Working from her Conway Street … 0

‘I got my socks blown off’: Dr. Ruth Potee says gov.’s addiction plan much more than she had expected

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Local physician and addiction specialist Dr. Ruth Potee said the governor’s new plan to combat heroin and opioid addiction was far more than she was expecting, in the details and in language acknowledging addiction as a disease. “I was expecting sort of a milquetoast paper that … 0

Greenfield council passes $46.5M budget

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — It took Town Council about an hour to pass a $46.5 million budget for next year. The only discussion came early in the night, when At-large Councilor Isaac Mass made a motion, which failed, to cut $21,000 from the building inspector’s budget. Building Inspector Mark Snow … 0

Tech school projects passed

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Tuesday was the decisive day for the Franklin County Technical School’s roof project, with dire weather predictions and polls open for a districtwide vote to repair the roof and replace aging windows, doors and pavement. Voters didn’t turn … 0

Greenfield welcomes new surgeon

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Dr. Savitri Rambissoon, a general surgeon, has recently joined Baystate Medical Practices — Greenfield Surgery. A magna cum laude graduate of American University, Rambissoon completed her medical degree at McGill University Medical School, Montreal. She completed … 0

Letter: News bias

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

John Bos in his My Turn stated “Every news organization is biased in one way or another.” So I would say Jan Norris is correct in that PBS, NPR, NBC, CNN and MSNBC are all left bias. I can say Fox News does lean to the right. What … 0

Local banks warn of increased fraud

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Some local banks are warning customers of increased fraud. Greenfield Savings Bank’s Facebook page alerted visitors this week that the bank will be tightening debit card security for transactions in the eastern part of the state, and asking customers traveling east of Worcester to contact the … 0