Mentor Michael Garfield-Wright examines one of Anna Dawson's frozen meal packages, which she developed for her business, Hometown Foods, through a process she hopes will help others learn. Recorder Staff/Tom Relihan

‘Shark Tank’ with a heart

Friday, October 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — One was a black belt in Kung Fu. Another races sled dogs in Alaska. Others wanted to expand the reach of Disc Golf or acupuncture, or just help people fire off that crucial tweet in sub-zero weather. But they all had one thing in common: each was a budding entrepreneur who wanted help taking their business idea to … 0

Greenfield police officers put the cuffs on breast cancer

Friday, October 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield police officers are wearing pink collar pins and some are sporting pink handcuffs for the month of October, cancer awareness month. Lt. William Gordon said the pins were Chief Robert Haigh Jr.’s idea, carried over from the Orange Police Department, where officers wore pink badges. Pins were the affordable alternative … 0

On the high wire: Major utility line project underway in the region

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Even as work crews begin wrapping up a 2.8-mile stretch of an Eversource transmission line in Greenfield, Montague and Deerfield, replacing lattice poles with double-circuit monopoles, the utility has begun other major line work around the region and is gearing up for still more projects to improve reliability of the electric grid. And … 0

Letter: Nunez fits the bill

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Like Chris Collins (In the Arena, Sept. 24), I am dismayed to see that two of the candidates running for the School Committee seats decided not to participate in the scheduled debate. The job of School Committee member takes tenacity, eloquence, curiosity and courage. I want to highlight … 0

YMCA free clothing store open this week

Sunday, October 4, 2015

GREENFIELD — On Wednesday and Thursday, the YMCA in Greenfield will be holding its seventh annual Free Clothing Store. The store will be open on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 … 0

Victim in fatal early morning Friday crash identified

Sunday, October 4, 2015

GREENFIELD — A 33-year-old local man was killed in a rollover crash early Friday morning. Ryan Gay was pronounced dead at the scene of a single-car crash on Plain Road, according to Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwestern District Attorneys Office. Carey said Gay was the sole occupant … 0

‘Warm the Children’ drive, and how it began

Friday, October 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — It was 22 years ago when a new publisher at The Recorder brought with him an idea for helping a community’s most vulnerable residents, children from the poorest homes. The idea for a drive to procure warm winter clothing for the neediest migrated to Franklin County … 0

Letter: Backing McMillan

Friday, October 2, 2015

I strongly support Jesse McMillan as a candidate for Greenfield School Committee. This energetic young professional is a graduate of the Greenfield school system and is now a public school teacher in Pittsfield. Even when he was a young teen, Jesse showed obvious potential and a willingness to … 0

Area study shows change in teen substance use

Friday, October 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — Over the past 12 years, alcohol and tobacco use has dropped substantially among students in nine local schools while marijuana and prescription drug use has risen slightly, but the age at which students become involved with … 0

Faith Matters: James’ call to action: Slow down

Friday, October 2, 2015

(Editor’s note: The following is a submission to The Recorder’s weekly column titled “Faith Matters.” Each Saturday, a different faith leader in Franklin County offers a personal religious perspective in this space. An accompanying sidebar offers a brief … 0

Driver dies in 1-car crash in Greenfield

Friday, October 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — A fatal motor vehicle accident occurred on Plain Road early Friday morning. Greenfield Deputy Fire Chief Ed Jarvis said he arrived on the scene at 5:30 a.m. to discover the vehicle had rolled over and hit a telephone pole. The driver and sole occupant was pronounced … 0

Flood cleanup continues at Greenfield Rec. Dept. office

Thursday, October 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — Floodwaters that overwhelmed the banks and crept into the recreation department’s summer office Wednesday had receded by Thursday, leaving silt on the floors, debris piled against the dam supports under the foot bridge and a flooded parking lot. “The DPW’s been down there all day removing … 0

Stating their cases: School Committee candidates weigh in as Greenfield debates begin

Thursday, October 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — Three competing candidates for Greenfield School Committee seats in the November general election stepped up to a debate Thursday night, airing views more often in agreement than divergence. Jason Burns, Adrienne Nunez and Francia Wisnewski participated, … 0