Greenfield

Christopher, 19 months, hugs packages of diapers at the Greenfield Community College Diaper drive where he was with his mother, Janelle Verchot of Millers Falls. Recorder/Paul Franz

Annual diaper drive sets donation goal for 24,000 after last year’s supply ran out in 4 months

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Since September, Janelle Verchot of Millers Falls has attended classes at Turners Falls High School and Greenfield Community College. She serves as a volunteer firefighter. And she plans to attend Springfield Technical Community College to study pharmacology. She is also a 16-year-old single mother raising her 18-month-old toddler, Christopher, with the help of her family. Making ends meet … 0

Greenfield at-large town councilor missing in action

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — An at-large town councilor has been missing in action for several months and it appears it will be up to voters, if he decides to run for re-election, to do something about it. Dalton Athey has missed four regular monthly Town Council meetings since the fiscal year began on July 1, … 0

McClintock chosen as interim director of Franklin County anti-hunger program

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Local food columnist, advocate and community organizer Mary McClintock of Conway will serve as interim Executive Director of the Franklin County Community Meals Program as the anti-hunger nonprofit makes a number of changes. McClintock is replacing Sharon Pleasant, who is leaving for a new position. Pleasant has been with the meals program for six years — two of which were spent … 0

‘What Greenfield has done’: Environmental Science Club hosting Thursday talk

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield’s Environmental Science Club is holding a public, 40-minute presentation and discussion titled Climate Change: What Greenfield Has Done and Next Steps. The event will be held at the Greenfield High School on Thursday at 5:15 p.m. in the small auditorium next to the library. The … 0

Court-college collaboration graduates its first class

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — A new program at Greenfield Community College graduated its first class Tuesday. Changing Lives through Literature isn’t your normal college program. The small class of seven students wound up at GCC by way of the court system. Each of the graduates is on probation through the … 0

Friends of Juanita Nelson set May 30 New Orleans-style processional

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — “Go man, go,” Juanita Nelson would say to her longtime friend and fellow tax resister, Randy Kehler of Colrain, in the years before her March 9 death when he would put on a jazz recording and … 1

Letter: Housing Court no help

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

We own rental property in Greenfield. We have not been very lucky with honest tenants. Again, we had to evict tenants for multiple infractions on their lease and for non-payment of rent. In December, we filed for eviction. No children were involved. It’s now April 20 and we … 0

Area author writes book on escaping domestic violence

Monday, April 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — In her work with families in Franklin County and throughout the United States and Latin America, Lisa Aronson Fontes of Amherst has seen many situations where women were systematically controlled by their boyfriends and husbands. They … 0

GCC’s Outdoor Leadership Program certifies deaf students

Monday, April 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — Sliding down an anchored rope, Lauren Sprague of Grafton rappelled down a tall tree behind Greenfield Community College to Peter Botsford, who was hung up, swinging in the air. In moments, Sprague attached Botsford to her … 0

Fires break out by railroad tracks near country club

Monday, April 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — Multiple fires broke out along the railroad tracks in Greenfield Monday evening, with firefighters dousing patches of flame at the Country Club of Greenfield and behind a home on nearby Newell Pond Road. The fires broke out around 5 p.m. and were extinguished by 5:32 p.m., … 0

Stop & Shop smoked out

Monday, April 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — Burnt belts briefly stopped shopping in the Stop & Shop Supermarket on the French King Highway Monday morning. Greenfield firefighters were called at 8:07 a.m. and the building was evacuated after smoke began issuing from a … 0

Neighbors: Celebration of birthdays dates back thousands of years

Monday, April 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, I am another year older today. Birthdays have been celebrated for thousands of years, and it seems people are still arguing about the origin of the tradition. I did a little research and found a few interesting facts. It seems scholars have found reference of … 0

Letter: Update ADA plans

Monday, April 27, 2015

It’s imperative each town update their ADA transition plan, this includes a specific document for ADA for all town buildings: goals and objectives. I believe there is strong interest and demonstrations to comply. But all stakeholders — schools, town officials, mayors, town planners, senior centers, etc. — are … 0