Area elders face cuts

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — Poor elders in Franklin County wanting to stay at home may have a tougher time doing so with proposed statewide cuts to elder and home care services set to take effect. Across the state, elder services are bracing for $2.3 million in cuts to their budgets, including $1.5 million from the Home Care services account. In Turners Falls, the Franklin County Home Care Corp. expects to lose an … 0

Greenfield parking kiosk lots to be free Fridays, Saturdays

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — Starting Friday through Jan 3. All parking in kiosk lots in town will be free on Fridays and Saturdays. That’s a change from recent years when parking during the holiday shopping season was free every day of the week. “It is my intention to assist the downtown business owners in making holiday shopping a pleasant and festive experience for those who … 0

FRTA bus fares free for Black Friday

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — You can hitch a free ride with the FRTA Friday. Rides on the Franklin Regional Transit Authority’s fixed route buses will be free all day. “It’s our way of kicking off the holiday season,” said FRTA Director Tina Cote. Whether you want to check out Black Friday deals at downtown shops … 0

Letter: What are they hiding?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

We, too, like your story (“Gas co.: Current customers covered”, Recorder, Nov. 12), would like Berkshire Gas and Kinder Morgan to produce the specific data on the capacity of their existing gas supply lines and the volume of gas they are committed to supply to their current customers. … 0

Baystate expresses commitment to local hospitals

Monday, November 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — As the Baystate Health System moves forward, one of its main goals under its new leadership is to offer quality care and services closer to home at the community hospitals at a lower cost. “The more … 0

Greenfield to evaluate all teachers by end of school year

Monday, November 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Department is planning to evaluate 100 percent of its teachers and administrators by the end of the school year in an effort to catch up with the rest of the state on the new educator evaluation system. The state Department of Elementary and … 0

Neighbors: Help a former neighbor by voting for her new business

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’m hoping you can help one of our former neighbors expand her business in Gloucester. Heather Ahearn, who is the daughter of David and Sally Ahearn and is co-owner of Atlantic Saltworks, is currently competing in the Entrepreneur and Sam Adams Brewing American Dream Wild Card … 0

Letter: Sobering state

Monday, November 17, 2014

Holy Gas Pipeline Batman! Here’s a sobering statistic that should make any gas pipeline proponent shutter. For opponents, I suggest that this be forwarded to your respective political faction. By the way, pen my name in the opposition column. According to Popular Science Magazine, 800 is the number … 0

Letter: Fun First Friday

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Thanks to the organizers and merchants involved in Nov. 7’s First Friday event. Although I have been to several, “Mystery on Main” is my favorite theme so far. Dark, brisk, windy — a perfect evening for a mystery! What a treat it was to meet my partner and … 0

Energizing a new economic future

Sunday, November 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — “Together, we can do what doesn’t seem possible.” That phrase, spoken by Marjorie Kelly, author of “Owning Our Future,” during her keynote address at the Creating a Bold New Economy forum held at Greenfield Community College Saturday afternoon, summed up the basic theme of the conference. … 0

Rain gardens are for everyone: Greenfield woman sees greener future with this rainwater runoff solution

Sunday, November 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — A local woman said she is hoping rain gardens soon become as popular as the energy-saving light bulb in Greenfield, Franklin County and beyond. Rain Gardens for You grew out of a conversation Barbara Francis and … 0

$1.8M grant allows for greater drug abuse screening

Sunday, November 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — Over the next two years, health care providers will increase screening for substance abuse, support greater access to appropriate care and better identify patients at highest risk for readmission to the hospital with the help of a state grant awarded to Baystate Franklin Medical Center. The … 0

50,000 insured may have to find new docs

Sunday, November 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — About 50,000 people insured under the state’s MassHealth plan in western Massachusetts will have to find a new Medicaid insurance provider if they want to continue using Baystate Health Systems providers. That’s due to the Springfield hospital system’s failure to reach a contract with MassHealth managed … 0