Marian Kelner says of her book: “I wanted readers to be able to pick the book up each day and read one or two pieces without feeling they have to become totally consumed to get through it,” she said. “I just wanted to share common human experiences with them.”
(Submitted image/Artwork by Maureen Moore)

Greenfield councilor writes 2nd book

Monday, January 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Marian Kelner has had several careers in her lifetime — massage therapist, English teacher to people who speak other languages, and now she currently serves the town as its Precinct 1 town councilor. One of her greatest passions, though, is writing, she said. Kelner has published her second book, “May We Be Like the Penguin,” a collection of … 0

Bidders for school business job under review

Monday, January 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town of Greenfield and The Management Solutions were among two entities that bid for the temporary school business management job. Superintendent Jordana Harper and a School Committee subcommittee are reviewing the bids and are scheduled to make a recommendation to the full committee today at 6:30 p.m. at GCTV Studios. The school district advertised a request for services on Jan. … 0

Neighbors: Stay safe as you ride out the storm

Monday, January 26, 2015

Hello neighbor. If forecasts were correct, we’re finding ourselves right in the middle of the biggest storm of the year — possibly of the past 40 years or more. The National Weather Service is using terms like “historic” and “life-threatening” to describe the nor’easter, and we are its target. Franklin County could see as much as 2 feet of snow when it’s over … 0

Main Street Cumberland Farms robbed at knifepoint, suspect arrested

Sunday, January 18, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Turners Falls man faces multiple charges after a convenience store employee reported being robbed at knifepoint before dawn Saturday. James R. Kelley, 25, of 25 4th St., Turners Falls, is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, larceny of a motor vehicle, larceny from a … 0

Greenfield’s insurance company settles with Hatfield man who alleged he was unfairly shot with Taser

Friday, January 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — A man who sued Greenfield after being shot with a Taser has won $87,500 in an out-of-court settlement. Oliver Rich of Hatfield sued the town and nine of its police officers in U.S. District Court in … 0

Plastic ban proposal causes tension between petitioners, Greenfield officials

Friday, January 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — The group that had hoped to collect enough signatures to bring a ballot question banning plastic bags and single-serve bottles to voters this year will have to return to start over because too many of the … 2

Armed robber sentenced to 2½ to 3 years in state prison

Friday, January 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Bernardston man will spend up to a year in state prison for each of the three stores he robbed at gunpoint. Dylan Wickline, 19, pleaded guilty in Franklin Superior Court Friday to three counts of … 0

Greenfield’s Green River School to get roof, window repairs

Friday, January 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Green River School, which houses the Math and Science Academy, will get window and roof replacements paid for with a $1.6 million state grant. The School Building Authority approved the town’s proposed repair project for the Meridian Street school this week. The program, known as … 0

Letter: Love it

Friday, January 16, 2015

Love it As I was breaking-up and shoveling off accumulated ice along High Street (to make the path from the highrise to the Senior Center safe for walking), a young woman came out to thank me for clearing the sidewalk. I mentioned to her that in the town’s … 0

Letter: Press freedom

Friday, January 16, 2015

We join the rest of the world in mourning the brave staff of the magazine Charlie Hebdo, gunned down by religious fanatics for defending freedom of the press. Meat industry fanatics in the U.S. have devised a more subtle means of stifling freedom of the press. The states … 0

Pursing grace on the ice at Collins/Moylan Arena

Friday, January 16, 2015

As I laced up my skates and took to the ice, I felt both trepidation and unnaturally stiff. I peered down at my feet. My ankles were leaning in toward each other, my feet riding the edges of … 0

Franklin County Technical School teachers protest ‘hasty’ superintendent hiring

Thursday, January 15, 2015

MONTAGUE — Franklin County Technical School teachers stood up at this week’s School Committee meeting to protest the abrupt selection of a superintendent last month, focusing on the process rather than the pick. Five leaders of the Franklin County Technical Teachers Association union took their complaint to the … 0

Economic development director on paid administrative leave

Thursday, January 15, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s economic development director has been placed on paid administrative leave, but the mayor said he is not ready to say why. Mayor William Martin said it is currently a “personnel issue being investigated internally.” … 1