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Firefighters get more air as they fight a smokey blaze at 52 Birch St in Greenfield on Jan. 22. Recorder file photo/Paul Franz

Fewer firefighters means more towns respond

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

GREENFIELD — After a fire tore through the front of a single-family home on Birch Street last month, some were left questioning why so many towns responded to provide mutual aid. However, local fire chiefs say the nine-town response was not overkill and is based on years of experience as well as a shortage of manpower in the county. Greenfield … 0

Local vets sound off to VA in Greenfield

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

GREENFIELD — Local veterans got the chance to sound off before top brass from the Veteran Affairs of Central Western Massachusetts Health Care System during a meeting designed to draw feedback from those the hospital serves. The meeting, held in Greenfield Community College’s Sloan Theater Tuesday night, came as the dust continues to … 0

‘Renewable Redoable’: Four Rivers students’ film about energy in Burlington, Vt., to play at Garden Cinemas Thursday

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

GREENFIELD — Four River Charter Public School seniors studying the energy issue this year had little trouble figuring out what the focus of their final project should be for their “learning expedition,” dubbed “How Do We Keep the Lights On?” True, they considered Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s Northeast Energy Direct proposed through eight Franklin … 0

Letter: Appreciated support

Monday, February 1, 2016

On behalf of Boy Scout Troop 5 of Greenfield, I would like to thank Dolly Gagnon and The Recorder for supporting the troop during its can-and-bottle drive the weekends of Jan. 2 and 9. We appreciate the information you shared in your column about the bottle-and-can drive. The … 0

Letter: Lost and found

Monday, February 1, 2016

My deepest appreciation to the person who found my black purse in the Big Y parking lot and turned it in to the Greenfield Police station. Thankfully, by the time the purse was found everything was still intact. Thanks, also, to Big Y personnel who helped me look … 0

Inmates cook up marketable skills in Franklin County jail’s pizza-making program

Sunday, January 31, 2016

GREENFIELD — James “JR” Kelley said he’s always been interested in food, and once he’s released from the Franklin County House of Correction, where he’s been serving time for a little more than a year, he’ll leave with … 0

Hospital to hold Chocolate Fantasy

Sunday, January 31, 2016

GREENFIELD — It’s Chocolate Fantasy time for 2016 at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. The hospital’s volunteers and member of the Baystate Franklin Auxiliary will hold their annual Chocolate Fantasy fundraiser Feb. 12, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the hospital’s main conference rooms. This year, funds raised at … 0

Letter: Restore Highland Pond

Sunday, January 31, 2016

What a glorious day today (Sunday, Jan. 24) on Highland Pond. My son Sam and I skated, played hockey with friends and met several Greenfield residents. We were all in agreement that restoring the warming hut, increasing access to the pond in winter, and encouraging residents and visitors … 0

Letter: I offer a challenge

Sunday, January 31, 2016

I challenge anyone after reading my letter to prove me wrong about the following statements: I firmly believe; more CO2 is created and expelled into the earth’s atmosphere from manufacturing, transportation and installation of solar panels and wind turbines than what is “saved” by their use. This is … 5

Staff requests top Greenfield school budget requests

Friday, January 29, 2016

GREENFIELD — Additional faculty and staff again proved the priority for the rest of Greenfield’s schools, who made their annual budget requests before the Greenfield School Committee’s Budget and Finance Subcommittee this week. The presentations followed the elementary schools’ round of requests last week. At Greenfield Middle School, … 0

Hospital still without permanent president

Friday, January 29, 2016

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center is still without a permanent president six months after Steven F. Bradley of Pelham abruptly resigned last summer, and it’s still not clear what the future of that position looks like for the hospital. Springfield-based Baystate Health spokesperson Benjamin Craft said Dr. … 0

MBI to meet with cable towns on broadband expansion options

Friday, January 29, 2016

Over the next few weeks, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute will meet with officials in towns with partial broadband access to talk about “last mile” broadband options through Comcast Cable. The Franklin County towns with partial cable access through Comcast include Buckland, Conway, Northfield and Shelburne. MBI has set … 0

Letter: Bernie’s health plan

Friday, January 29, 2016

The recent articles on Bernie Sanders’ health care plan have been pretty good. The idea put forth by The Clintons (Hillary, Bill, and Chelsea) that Bernie’s plan would somehow automatically destroy Obamacare and other scattershot, piecemeal health programs is absurd. A proposal or plan is not a completed … 0