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 Franklin County Technical School student Nicholas Saladino holds one of the three medals he won in skiing at the Vermont winter Special Olympics. Submitted photo

He found gold on the slopes

Sunday, March 29, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The skiing season is almost over and Franklin County Technical School student Nicholas Saladino can look ahead to a summer of his brothers pushing him at the gym, then getting back to the slopes for a shot at the next tier of Alpine ski competition. Saladino entered three events this year in Vermont’s Special Olympics and carved through the slalom gates to three gold medals at the intermediate level. Next stop nationals, his mother hopes, then the global Special Olympics in Austria in 2017. Nick Saladino and his mother Nekki were both at the Technical School Wednesday, as they are most days, … 0

Staying active big part of their craft

Sunday, March 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — Every Wednesday afternoon at 1, 93-year-old Mildred Grant makes her way down from her third-floor apartment in the Weldon House to the Greenfield Senior Center below to meet up with a group of senior women who love to do crafts together. “Crafty Seniors” has been meeting in the Greenfield Senior Center, … 0

Letter: Man’s impact

Sunday, March 29, 2015

This letter is not about climate change. There are over 7 billion people living on earth and living off earth’s resources. The world’s population produces almost 3 trillion pounds of garbage each year. One year. Approximately 280 million tons in the U.S. alone. About 140 million cell phones in the U.S. will end up in a landfill this year. 80 to 85 percent … 0

Ballot bonanza: New ordinance in Greenfield means all elected board seats are up for grabs this year

Friday, March 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — It looks like the town clerk’s office is going to be busy this year — every seat on every elected board is up for election in 2015. Town Clerk Deborah Tuttle said this is the year the town’s new ordinance, which regulates elections, goes into effect. … 0

Nomination papers available

Friday, March 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — Nomination papers for the town’s preliminary election on Sept. 8 are available in the town clerk’s office in Town Hall, 14 Court Square. All prospective candidates must obtain signatures of registered voters to become a candidate for the town’s annual election in November. The following is … 0

Gas tanker spill leaks into Greenfield brook

Friday, March 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — Pumps at a local gas station remain closed after a Friday fuel spill. The spill, at the Irving gas station on the Mohawk Trail, happened during a gasoline delivery around 3:45 p.m. “There was a problem with the gas station’s tank,” said Greenfield Fire Capt. Andrew … 1

Greenfield students prepare for PARCC

Friday, March 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — As Newton School third-graders, Lydia Wood and Jordan Anderson, prepare to take the new PARCC exam next week, they worry about finishing the test on time and the amount of questions they will have to answer. … 0

Letter: Help with taxes

Friday, March 20, 2015

This past Monday, I started to do my own taxes (usually an easy task), when I discovered a small glitch, which required a 1040 booklet to figure out how to calculate paying a portion of my Social Security money. Since the library doesn’t get these booklets anymore, I … 0

Trial date set for suspected serial killer

Friday, March 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — The wait is almost over for Mary Rose of Greenfield. The murder trial of suspected serial killer Felix Vail has been scheduled for Aug. 17. Vail, 74, was charged in May 2013 with the murder of … 0

Town meetings next week

Friday, March 20, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Library Trustees: Monday 7 p.m. in Library. Bernardston Finance Committee: Monday 6:45 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of … 0

Mother’s group: It’s OK if you aren’t June Cleaver

Thursday, March 19, 2015

GREENFIELD — While one mother’s newborn may sleep perfectly, another ’s may cry and whine all hours of the night. While one mother may have time to clean the house, another may only have seconds to hide the … 0

New Greenfield moms stay healthy by staying connected

Thursday, March 19, 2015

GREENFIELD — “I didn’t have a community. I felt like I didn’t know what I was doing. I feel like you need community when you’re going through this. Fifty years ago, people were doing this with their mothers, … 0

Bring on spring! Local folks happy to see winter go

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Jane Buchanan, the Greenfield Public Library’s Head of Borrower Services, remembers being in Boston during the infamous Blizzard of 1978, which dumped 27 inches of snow on the city over nearly a day and a half. With the … 0