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Statewide arts funding increases

Friday, July 31, 2015

GREENFIELD — For the past six months, state Gov. Charlie Baker has tried cutting statewide arts funding. On Wednesday, the House and Senate overrode his veto and actually increased the 2016 fiscal year arts budget by about 20 percent, or $2.3 million. In total, $14.16 million will be allotted to various statewide arts councils, via grants, to support local community art projects — visual and performance, to name a few. … 0

Belly Bus Food Drive underway

Friday, July 31, 2015

School buses won’t be bringing children back to school and school lunch programs for a few weeks yet, but the annual Belly Bus food drive is rolling out on Friday to fight the summer gap. Anti-hunger workers say summer vacation is a tight time for families and food pantries, with a relatively small … 0

Weekly Town Meetings

Friday, July 31, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Master Plan Steering Committee: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Conservation Commission: Monday 6:15 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Assessors: Thursday 4:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Colrain Conservation Commission: Tuesday 7 p.m. in Town Office. Board of Health: Wednesday 6:30 p.m. … 0

GCC finds home for practical nursing program

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College is moving its LPN practical nursing program to a Cooley Dickinson-rented space in Florence, minutes from the hospital’s Northampton campus. The LPN program has been in something of a transient state, housed in GCC’s downtown Greenfield satellite for a semester since losing space … 0

CSO strikers say nothing has changed

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Striking workers continued to picket Clinical and Support Options in the second day of the three-day strike Thursday. Workers, friends and family in the purple Service Employees International Union Local 509 plan to be in front of the Arch Place and High Street offices again this … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy Famous Bill’s lobster pie recipe

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. Many of you — especially those who grew up in the area like I did — remember Famous Bill’s Restaurant on Federal Street — and you probably also remember its lobster pie. Well, one of our neighbors was going through her mother’s things (her mom was … 0

Greenfield ramping up roadwork

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Motorists will run into delays and detours as they travel through Greenfield over the next two weeks. Chris Stoddard, the town’s engineer, said there are several road projects planned from now through early August, and most … 0

'Take the risk': Young people in Franklin County speak up about getting first jobs and wanting a chance to work

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — When it comes to employment, adults are usually the ones who end up interviewing youngsters about their work experience, aspirations and ethics as they try to land their first job, but the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment … 0

Letter: Right place for clinic

Thursday, July 23, 2015

I attended the hearing re: Lunt detox/rehab center, at the middle school. The sound system was horrid and I missed a lot. But, what I learned was that there were no compelling reasons not to grant permission. The usual “Not In My Backyard” group citing reasons such as … 0

Clinical and Support Options union workers begin strike over pay, productivity requirements

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — Last-minute contract negotiations failed Tuesday night and unionized employees of mental health care provider Clinical and Support Options went on strike Wednesday morning. Negotiations for a new three-year contract began in October and the union and … 0

GCC gets $632,000 for scholarships

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — The National Science Foundation has awarded Greenfield Community College $632,000 for five years of scholarships of up to $10,000 for students in four science disciplines. The NSF’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program, S-STEM, seeks to increase the success of low-income academically talented students … 0

Celebration of life, concert, vigil planned Saturday for summer overdose dead

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — The recovery community plans a vigil Saturday for lost friends. The RECOVER Project had planned a concert Saturday from 3-5 p.m. in the Energy Park, and the day grew from there to incorporate a vigil and a celebration of life as the community lost friends to … 0

Greenfield woman gives liver and life to small child

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

While waiting to get her nails done at a salon near her college, Regent University law student Molly Bricker, a Greenfield native, happened to see a TV news story that compelled her to act: it was the story … 0