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The Greenfield fireworks display at Beacon Field in front of Poet’s Seat Tower on Sunday night. 
Recorder file photo/Matt Burkhartt

Greenfield officials, crowd pleased with fireworks display

Monday, July 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — There wasn’t a bad seat from Beacon to Lunt fields as the sky above Poet’s Seat Tower lit up with colorful fireworks late Sunday night. “I had goose bumps,” said Greenfield Recreation Department Director Christy Moore. “I was particularly blown away by the finale. The entire show was impressive.” Spectators who had gathered at Beacon Field, on the field behind the middle school and on the three Lunt ballfields screamed, hooted, hollered and applauded when the last of the finale’s shells disappeared in the night sky. The town got what it hoped for this year as Atlas Pyrovision Productions Inc. of Jaffrey, N.H., … 0

‘We’re dying’: Police report 3 opioid overdose-related deaths in last 2 weeks

Monday, July 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — People are continuing to die of heroin, about as many in the last few weeks as in some previous years. “We’re dying,” said RECOVER Project Director Linda Sarage. The RECOVER Project, on Federal Street, is a peer-to-peer addiction recovery community. “Our safe places don’t feel safe. We’ve had the Grapevine, we’ve had recovery homes, this opioid epidemic has now crept into … 0

Local agency sending Greenfield homeless kids to summer camp

Monday, July 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Homeless children living with their families in Greenfield hotels and shelters will have the opportunity to go to camp this year for at least two weeks each. Rural Development Inc., a nonprofit in Turners Falls that reached out to the community last month for some financial help, has raised enough money to send all of the camp-aged children to the Greenfield … 0

Movie, music streaming service coming to Greenfield library

Sunday, June 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Public Library is making available thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks starting Wednesday, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with Hoopla Digital. Library card holders can now download the free Hoopla Digital mobile app on their Android … 0

County selectmen’s association grapples with school spending

Sunday, June 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — Borrowing the language of climate change, UMass planning consultant Mark Hamin told selectmen they can adapt to or mitigate the effects of an aging population and shrinking tax base relative to rising school costs. “Adaptation is, how do we maximize the existing resources and existing facilities? … 0

Chess Club: each game is different

Friday, June 26, 2015

Horace Taft of Buckland deployed his pieces on the chessboard, took a bite out of his chicken salad and set the timer to 50 minutes. Deliberately, he moved his pawn forward one square. And, the game of chess … 0

Green River friends issue trash spotters alert

Sunday, June 28, 2015

GREENFIELD – If you run across any tires, appliances or other large junk on the banks of local rivers this summer, the Friends of the Green River, a chapter of the Deerfield River Watershed Association, wants to know about it so it can be cleaned up. Friends volunteers … 0

Free Harvest Supper set to return on Aug. 23

Thursday, June 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — There will be an 11th Free Harvest Supper. Organizers had their doubts early this spring, but a half-dozen people have stepped up to help, so it’s back on and will be held Aug. 23 on the … 0

Neighbors: Adopt an adult cat for $5 this weekend

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again, folks! Dakin Humane Society is offering its $5 cat adoption for select adult cats on Saturday and Sunday. This weekend only, you can adopt an adult cat for only $5 at both the Springfield and Leverett adoption centers from 12:30 to 5:30 … 0

Handicapped space parking fines to help area’s disabled

Thursday, June 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s Commission on Disability Access will give the sheriff’s TRIAD program about $900 this year to help with the cost of maintaining and repairing necessary access equipment for the town’s disabled residents. Cynthia Dodge, chairwoman of the commission, said it was a unanimous decision by … 0

Letter: Colrain Road roundabout

Thursday, June 25, 2015

As a daily commuter by bicycle and sometimes car, I want to thank those who conceived of and built the rotary on Colrain Road at the entrance to GCC. I was dubious when the project started because I often feel rotaries are dangerous places, especially for bikers and … 0

New energy preserves vibrant future for local pectin business

Thursday, June 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — With an extreme makeover, Pomona is jammin’! For more than 30 years, Connie Sumberg has been Pomona’s Universal Pectin, the jamming goddess of probably millions of home canners around the country. Working from her Conway Street … 0

‘I got my socks blown off’: Dr. Ruth Potee says gov.’s addiction plan much more than she had expected

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Local physician and addiction specialist Dr. Ruth Potee said the governor’s new plan to combat heroin and opioid addiction was far more than she was expecting, in the details and in language acknowledging addiction as a disease. “I was expecting sort of a milquetoast paper that … 0