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Greenfield, Northampton co-op banks seek to merge

Friday, December 26, 2014

GREENFIELD — The public will have an opportunity to comment on a planned merger of Greenfield Co-Operative Bank and Northampton Cooperative Bank. Both state and federal regulators are accepting written comment on the merger in coming weeks. Comments deadline The deadline to submit comments to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston at 600 Atlantic Ave., Boston, is Jan. 9. The … 0

Green River Park now a park in perpetuity

Friday, December 26, 2014

GREENFIELD — Green River Park on Petty Plain Road will forever be exactly what it is now — a park, a playground and a recreation area. Town Council has voted to dedicate the land permanently as a park and that decision comes just as the town prepares to do a $690,000 renovation on … 0

Greenfield parents surprised with Christmas baby

Friday, December 26, 2014

GREENFIELD — While children and families in homes throughout Greenfield awoke Christmas morning to a pile of presents under the tree, Jessica Jensen and Tom Boutelle of Greenfield received a special gift — a newborn son. At 8:48 a.m. Thursday, Waylon Jensen Boutelle was born at a healthy 6 pounds, 9 ounces and … 0

Local legislators vow to look into hotel homeless

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — The state’s likely next Senate president, Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst, said he has had numerous meetings and discussions over the past few weeks about homeless, especially those living in hotels. “It’s a persistent and stubborn problem and one that doesn’t have an easy answer,” said Rosenberg. … 0

Help raise up the poor: simple to say, but apparently too hard to do

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — The one word you’ll hear time and again when talking about homelessness with state legislators and other policy makers in Massachusetts is “complicated.” Robyn Frost, executive director of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, said the coalition is working hard to make policies that end homelessness, … 0

Vermonter could be first spike in path of new rail future — or not

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is the first of four stories about planned expansion of passenger rail in the Pioneer Valley and the return of Amtrak service to Greenfield. The Dec. 29 return of Vermonter service to Greenfield and Northampton … 1

Berkshire Gas invokes moratorium

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — Saying the natural gas pipeline that provides gas to much of the Pioneer Valley is nearing capacity, Berkshire Gas Co. has imposed a moratorium on new customers in Greenfield, Deerfield, Montague and Whately. The decision has the potential to stifle economic development in the affected towns … 0

High school causes sharp increase in Greenfield tax bills

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — The average homeowner will pay $352 more this year in property taxes than they did last year, because the first payment of the $22 million the town borrowed for the new $66 million high school is included in this year’s tax levy, according to Assessor Audrey … 0

Greenfield has vacant property ordinance

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — The town now has an ordinance that will require owners to maintain their properties, at least to the point that they don’t abandoned them and let them slip into disrepair. The Vacant and Foreclosing Properties Ordinance was adopted by Town Council after more than an hour … 0

Neighbors: Take advantage of technology, but don’t let it rule you

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. I just wanted to finish what I started on Tuesday, if you don’t mind. I seem to be on my soapbox this week, so please bear with me. I guess I’m just filled with the joy of the season and want to share it with you. … 0

Pair charged in summer break-ins

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — A stolen debit card used to buy gas led to burglary charges against two area men, according to police. Matthew Fowler, 20, of 36 Millers Falls Road, Turners Falls, and Tyler Lussier, 19, of 135 Conway St., are charged with 11 counts of breaking into a … 0

Letter: Toyota comes through

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A recent experience in Greenfield on a very busy afternoon — a doctor appointment scheduled for my wife, a very unexpected discovery that my directional signals were not operational. A change of plans, a detour to my Toyota dealership, a long-forgotten use of an open window to signal … 0

Letter: Save the camp!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

This is a letter I have waited many years to write. As a Brownie/Junior Girl Scout in Greenfield (1960 something) I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Camp Stonehenge. It was here I first learned about constellations, beyond the Big & Little Dippers, about real campfire cooking and … 0