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Stella Shilko, 95, of The Weldon House has to climb four of these sets of stairs to get to her second-floor apartment.  Recorder/Paul Franz

Taking the stairs

Thursday, August 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Seventy-three-year-old Adele Sheperd said she isn’t thrilled that she will have to go up and down the stairs to her second floor apartment in the Weldon House while the building’s only elevator is being replaced,. But, she said, “This will give us all some good exercise ... Many of us need it.” She said even with a bad … 2

Sister gets her life back with brother’s kidney donation

Thursday, August 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — For 13 years, Heather Shaw of Greenfield dealt with kidney disease — until her kidneys finally failed and she required dialysis. For three days a week last year, Shaw visited Yankee Family Dialysis on Wildwood Avenue to receive treatment. For three and a half months, she experienced all of the side … 0

Neighbors: Grandparents proud of grandson’s award

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Our neighbors Shirley and Don Ward of Buckland were happy to announce this week that their grandson Jared “JD” Jurentkuff won an Emmy Award for an Apple commercial he worked on last year titled “Misunderstood.” JD is one of the creative arts directors at Apple in California. The commercial is about … 0

Retailers banking on ‘Tax Free Weekend’

Thursday, August 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — To some retailers, it’s a mystery why a little 6.25 percent “tax-free” discount would drive so many shoppers into stores on a summery August weekend, but still, it’s becoming a part of their landscape. Some would … 0

Water main break closes GCC

Thursday, August 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College closed early Thursday after a water main break forced the shutdown of the college’s main campus. The accidental break was apparently caused by construction of a $1.5 million roundabout at the school’s entrance onto Colrain Road, according to GCC President Bob Pura. The … 0

Vt. Yankee petition to eliminate 10-mile emergency zone moves forward

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is moving ahead with an application by Vermont Yankee nuclear plant’s owners to eliminate the 10-mile emergency planning zone after it ceases operation at the end of the year. Entergy Nuclear Operations, which filed in April for a license amendment to eliminate the zone … 1

State backs plans for operating rooms

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center passed a major hurdle in its efforts to enable area residents to receive more health care services close to home in Greenfield and recruit additional physicians to the region. The Massachusetts Public … 0

Mayor to play in 1st annual charity golf tourney

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — Mayor William Martin will join other mayors from across western Massachusetts on Friday to play in the first annual Mayors’ Cup, which will raise money to fight hunger. Martin said the idea came from West Springfield Mayor Edward Sullivan, who wanted to get mayors throughout the … 0

Something happening at J.H. Smith?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — It appears something is happening involving employees at the more than 50-year-old J.H. Smith Co., but what is not yet clear. While officials at Franklin-Hampshire Career Center at One Arch Place have confirmed the center and … 0

Greenfield shines light on low-cost solar

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — The town and its greening advocacy group are about to kick off a three-month effort to allow residents and business owners to buy and install low-cost solar systems. The Solar Challenge program will present “Solar 101” tonight from 6 to 8 in the Greenfield Community Television … 0

Town Council’s noise ordinance discussions to start from scratch

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — The new head of a Town Council committee charged with developing a new noise ordinance says he wants to hear from police and other town officials before doing anything. At-large Councilor Alfred Siano said his committee first wants to hear from Greenfield police about whether a … 0

Sgt. Mark Williams recommended for deputy Greenfield police chief

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — If the mayor concurs with his Public Safety Commission and police chief , Sgt. Mark Williams will become the town’s first deputy police chief since Joseph LaChance retired from that job in 2004. Police Chief Robert … 0

Buckets of generosity: Franklin County police, fire get wet for ALS

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — Across Franklin County, police and firefighters are getting ice cold and soaking wet — to raise awareness and money for ALS, a disorder that affects the function of nerves and muscles. The local public safety officers … 1