Greenfield

Volunteer John Preston of Greenfield reads 'Bad Kitty" to children in the Title 1 Reading Academy at the Four Corners School on Wednesday. The children are Maliea Ames, 6, Jenavecia Hamel, 6, and William Renaud, 7. Recorder/Paul Franz

Summer reading program helps children turn the page

Sunday, August 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — For elementary school students, summer is a time of endless diversions — and of forgetting how to read. School has been out since June, but on Wednesday, teachers marshaled students through the halls of Four Corners. Wednesday was the second-to-last day of school for the 70 Greenfield elementary students enrolled in the four-week Title 1 Summer Reading Academy. … 0

Cows, calves put on a show for 4-H

Sunday, August 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — The livestock section of the Franklin County Fairgrounds was busy during the weekend, with 110 cows and calves in the stalls and 58 competitors bunking down in the exhibit buildings for a Massachusetts State 4-H Dairy Show. Chris Porrovecchio, 17, of Bernardston was named supreme junior champion for his efforts and … 0

Letter: GCTV’s live coverage

Sunday, August 2, 2015

I write to applaud our own community access television station, GCTV, for fullfilling the promise of the medium: Live local coverage of an event of huge significance to our region, the FERC hearing on the proposed pipeline at the Greenfield Middle School, July 29. No national or regional TV stations were going to cover this. And if our Springfield channels covered it at … 0

Ford-Toyota dealership wants tax break

Friday, July 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — It looks like the owner of the Ford and Toyota dealership on Main Street is going to have to wait one more month before he learns whether the town is going to give his company a … 0

Fire marshal: Check carbon monoxide alarms

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pointing to the deaths of four young Massachusetts residents in a Maine cabin over the weekend, the state Fire Marshal’s Office told residents their carbon monoxide alarms may be running out of time. “A similar tragedy led to a law here in Massachusetts that requires CO alarms in … 0

From lead to latex: Library gets a facelift

Friday, July 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Painters from the Northeast Painting Association of Northampton were busy scraping lead paint off the back of the Greenfield Public Library this week, preparing the two-story walls for fresh coats of lead-free latex paint, according to … 0

Town Meetings, Week of July 27

Friday, July 24, 2015

Ashfield Parks Commission: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Planning Board: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Website Policy Committee: Tuesday 10 a.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board … 0

Utilities: Electric rates to drop, but root cause of spikes remains

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — After a winter that saw major increases in electric bills across the region, rates have dropped back to more normal warm-weather levels. While those big fluctuations showed up in monthly electric bills, retailers like Eversource Energy … 0

GCC finds home for practical nursing program

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College is moving its LPN practical nursing program to a Cooley Dickinson-rented space in Florence, minutes from the hospital’s Northampton campus. The LPN program has been in something of a transient state, housed in GCC’s downtown Greenfield satellite for a semester since losing space … 0

CSO strikers say nothing has changed

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Striking workers continued to picket Clinical and Support Options in the second day of the three-day strike Thursday. Workers, friends and family in the purple Service Employees International Union Local 509 plan to be in front of the Arch Place and High Street offices again this … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy Famous Bill’s lobster pie recipe

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. Many of you — especially those who grew up in the area like I did — remember Famous Bill’s Restaurant on Federal Street — and you probably also remember its lobster pie. Well, one of our neighbors was going through her mother’s things (her mom was … 0

Greenfield ramping up roadwork

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Motorists will run into delays and detours as they travel through Greenfield over the next two weeks. Chris Stoddard, the town’s engineer, said there are several road projects planned from now through early August, and most … 0

'Take the risk': Young people in Franklin County speak up about getting first jobs and wanting a chance to work

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — When it comes to employment, adults are usually the ones who end up interviewing youngsters about their work experience, aspirations and ethics as they try to land their first job, but the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment … 0