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Graduation rates steady in Franklin County

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — Franklin County high schools have graduation rates that are better and worse than the state average, according to the latest state statistics. Last school year, Frontier Regional School scored best with 91.9 percent, followed by Pioneer Valley Regional School at 90.5 and Franklin County Technical School at 90.2 percent. Four Rivers Charter Public School scored 88.9 percent. Greenfield High School and Mahar Regional School brought up the rear … 0

Route 2 crash sends 3 to hospital

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — Two Ford Escape SUVs headed in opposite directions collided on Route 2 around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday according to Greenfield police. Two from one car and one from the other were taken to the hospital with what police said were not serious injuries. The accident closed a portion of Route 2 west of the Adams Road intersection for close to an hour. … 0

Mayor makes case for Greenfield’s temporary takeover of school business duties

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — Because the school department is within the town of Greenfield, it makes more sense for the town to handle school business until the School Committee finds a permanent business manager, Mayor William Martin said. The school department has decided to temporarily contract out the business management until June 30 until it finds a permanent manager to replace Elizabeth Gilman, who resigned … 0

State change allows dam work to proceed

Thursday, January 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — The state has downgraded the hazard potential of the Wiley and Russell Dam over the Green River at Meridian Street, allowing the town to move forward with renovation plans. The Office of Dam Safety reclassified the … 0

Billing error shocks Greenfield residents

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — When Davis Street resident Kara Younger opened her electric bill this month, she was shocked. “I was disgusted,” she said. “I couldn’t make sense of why it was so high when nothing had changed.” Younger, a … 1

Winter Carnival gets ‘Frozen’

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Winter Carnival has “Frozen” over. For its 93rd year, the Greenfield festival that runs Feb. 6 to 8 will follow the theme of “Frozen,” the popular 2013 Disney movie. Throughout the weekend, there will … 0

Sending an S.O.S.: Elder advocacy groups urge Baker to not cut budget

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — Concerned that they will be targeted again for budget cuts, elder advocacy groups are urging Gov. Charlie Baker not to impose additional cuts to elderly home care. The Legislature and the Republican governor are trying to work out ways to resolve a multi-million-dollar mid-year deficit. “We’re … 0

Volunteers deliver books to those who can’t make it to library

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — On Tuesday morning, Bonnie Beth Pierce of Greenfield headed toward Elm Terrace with a stack of books from the Greenfield Public Library. As she arrived, Mary Blaire, a vivacious 85-year-old waited on her doorstep. With a … 0

Kennametal begins adding jobs

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — Kennametal Inc. has begun adding about a third of the 70 jobs it promised the town it would within the next five years in return for a tax break. According to company spokeswoman Christina Sutter, Kennametal will also begin an almost $5 million, five-year expansion on … 0

Greenfield bids to take on school business management

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town may be taking on the business of the schools temporarily. The town is making a bid on school business services, which the School Committee has decided to temporarily contract out until it finds a permanent business manager, according to Mayor William Martin. Former school … 0

Green group to show film about plastic

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greening Greenfield and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice will host a film and discussion later this month that will explore the effects of plastic on people, wildlife and the environment. “Bag It!” will be shown at First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St. on Jan. 28 … 0

Alleged knife-point store robber held on $10K bail

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — The man charged with robbing the Main Street Cumberland Farms at knife-point early Saturday morning was held Monday in lieu of $10,000 cash bail. James R. Kelley, also known as JR, 25, of 25 4th St., Turners Falls, pleaded innocent Monday at two arraignments in Greenfield … 0

Despite ineffectiveness, doctors still recommend getting flu shot this year

Monday, January 19, 2015

GREENFIELD — While federal health officials say this year’s flu vaccine is less effective than previous years, local doctors and nurses encourage people to continue to get vaccinated to stay healthy. “The flu shot and good hygiene are … 0