Parishoner and architect Pierre Belhumeur and Deacon Joe Bete look over plans for the interior renovation of the Holy Trinity Church on Main Street in Greenfield.  
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Holy Trinity Church to get $500,000 makeover

Friday, April 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — The interior of Holy Trinity Church on Main Street is about to get a $500,000 makeover. Deacon Channing “Joe” Bete said the Catholic church board went to parishioners in January, after deciding it was time to do some work on the interior of the church, and asked if they would be willing to contribute. “They answered us in … 0

Plastic ban proposal could go to voters this fall

Friday, April 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — A citizens group that wants to ban plastic bags, plastic bottles and plastic foam containers in town has submitted its third proposal in a year. The petitioners — who list themselves as Glen Ayers of Davis Street, John Thompson of Davis Street, Sandra Boston of Abbott Street, Loraine Grignaffini-Gordon of Chapman … 0

Community can weigh in on BFMC Tuesday

Friday, April 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Do you have any questions, ideas and concerns about Baystate Franklin Medical Center? The Community Health Care Initiative is holding an informal drop-in discussion to learn residents’ ideas about the local hospital on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the downtown campus of Greenfield Community College. “The Community Health Care … 0

Holiday week trash collection

Friday, April 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — Due to the Monday holiday (Patriots Day), the following will be rubbish and recycling pickup for the week of April 20: ∎ Monday collection on Tuesday ∎ Tuesday collection on Wednesday ∎ Wednesday collection on Thursday ∎ Thursday and Friday collections on Friday Rubbish and recycling … 0

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission aided by United Way

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth of six stories that show how United Way helps the people of Franklin County. GREENFIELD — Every Thursday, Rob Fiedler and Jordan Welsh, both of Greenfield, meet up to go bowling, see … 0

Tech students capture honors in statewide competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Twenty-six students from FCTS competed against 350 students in about 20 events March 7 through 9 in Framingham and Upton. Emmett Boyd of Northfield, Kyle … 0

New cop, old beat: Downtown officer returns in Greenfield

Thursday, April 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — Local police have resumed the time-honored tradition of a cop walking the downtown beat. Officer Cody Guilbault is the new face of the reinstated position. Since April 1, he’s been walking the Main Street area from … 0

Baystate Franklin receives $105,390 for 4 mental health posts

Thursday, April 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center is one of four western Massachusetts hospitals serving low-income residents to receive a slice of $12 million in special state funds. The Greenfield hospital received $105,390 to enhance MassHealth payments for poor young people needing behavioral health services. Baystate Franklin will use … 0

Advocates ask state to end ‘SNAP crisis’

Thursday, April 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — Problems due to changes in how the Department of Transitional Assistance processes food stamp applications continues to grow, anti-hunger and elder advocates say. The problem is compounded as many families have lost their food stamps, known … 0

Best-selling writer Dava Sobel finds her niche in history and science

Thursday, April 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — Dava Sobel studied five majors at three schools in college before settling on theater history. “I had no idea I’d wind up doing what I do,” Sobel said. “I was a completely lost soul in college.” … 0

Neighbors: Grandparents provide crucial link

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Our friends and neighbors at Village Pizza were talking with me the other day when I stopped into the Bank Row restaurant to get a spaghetti dinner, and it got me thinking about something I’d like to share with you. My conversation with them started with … 0

Greenfield gets grant for downtown planning

Thursday, April 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town has received a slice of a special $100,000 grant intended to support local downtown revitalization efforts. The money is to be divided among nine communities statewide, also including Amherst. State officials announced the award late Thursday, but it was not immediately clear how much … 0

Letter: Our valuable volunteers

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Even when you’re dying, there can be a lot of living to do. Hospice Volunteers make more special moments possible for the patients and families they serve every day. Across the U.S., more than 355,000 hospice volunteers give 16 million hours of service every year. Right here in … 0