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One of the new four LED street lights on Prospect Street. Recorder/Paul Franz

Greenfield to replace streetlights with energy-efficient LEDs

Thursday, May 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town expects to replace all of its cobrahead streetlights with energy-efficient ones by the end of summer. Greenfield received $65,000 from the state Department of Energy Resources last year for the project. Mayor William Martin said the town is expected to save $44,000 a year in energy costs when the project is complete. There are 1,162 cobrahead … 0

Arts Block, Pushkin have new owner; local periodontist outbids local developer for downtown buildings

Thursday, May 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — The local developer who wanted to buy two landmark buildings in the heart of downtown has been outbid by a Greenfield periodontist. Steven Goldsher, owner of Pioneer Valley Periodontics on High Street, said he bought the two buildings, taking them out from under a cloud of bankruptcy, this week during a … 0

Greenfield offers Northfield resident assistant supt. job

Thursday, May 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee Thursday night voted to offer the newly created job of assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and professional development to Jen McKusick of Northfield. McKusick is principal of Oak Grove Elementary School in Brattleboro, Vt. The committee met and interviewed three candidates in a special meeting Thursday night, … 0

GHS ranked 43rd in state for offering AP courses

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield High School has been ranked 43rd in the state by U.S. News and World Report for giving students the opportunity to take Advanced Placement courses. “This is a tribute to our teachers,” said Principal Donna Woodcock. “They put in a lot of time helping students … 0

Greenfield tree talk, visioning on Tuesday

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Tree Committee is inviting the public to join them for an informational and visioning gathering about trees in town. The gathering will be held outside on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., next to the Pleasant … 0

Letter: My Meadows view

Thursday, May 21, 2015

I agree with Priscilla Collins; Greenfield is a small rural town and income levels are low and we are paying the third-highest property tax rate in the state ($17.5 per $1,000). We are paying more than double or triple most other towns and cities our size. But I … 0

Letter: A place for all?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

It was heartening to see the articles about the seniors talking to town officials about the services they want (although I am dubious with it being a “human rights issue”). We, as a community, should be having discussions about what extras we would like to fund. I will … 0

DA’s office IDs couple found dead in Prospect St. apartment

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Northwestern District Attorney’s office has identified the couple found dead Wednesday in their 21 Prospect St. apartment as Margaret Pekkala, 53, and Dennis Pekkala, 54. Investigators shed no further light Thursday on the circumstances of … 0

Retiree health care costs cast shadow, but most towns aren’t worried

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

DEERFIELD — Although the state government is on the hook for a potential $15 billion in the health insurance costs for its retirees over the next three decades, most of the towns in Franklin County aren’t particularly concerned … 0

Two found dead Wednesday morning in Prospect Street home

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — Police on Wednesday were investigating two unexplained deaths on Prospect Street. They responded to an emergency call from 21 Prospect St. at 6:18 a.m., the caller reporting that her neighbor had knocked on her door and … 0

Mayor asks for sex offender ordinance

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — Several residents expressed relief at the Town Council meeting Wednesday night after its president announced a local service agency had decided against placing three Level 3 sex offenders in their neighborhood, which is close to a school and town park. Earlier this week, those residents learned … 1

Franklin County Memorial Day events

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ashfield The Memorial Day parade on Monday begins at 10 a.m. in front of Town Hall, proceeds to Plain Cemetery and to the Veterans Memorial and Civil War Memorial, then back to Town Hall. There will be featured … 0

Baystate Franklin Medical Center to hold skin cancer screening May 29

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — May is National Melanoma and Skin Cancer Detection and Awareness Month. To help raise awareness, the Oncology Department at Baystate Franklin Medical Center and Dr. Joel Gordon, a dermatologist, will co-sponsor a free skin cancer screening on May 29, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., in the … 0