from left, Hattie Nestel of Athol, Diana Roberts of Bernardston, Priscilla Lynch of Conway, Diane McAvoy of Montague, and Charlotte Gordon of Greenfield, all of the No NED Pipeline Affinity Group

Gas pipeline opponents to walk, picket on Presidents Day

Sunday, February 7, 2016

GREENFIELD — Walkers who oppose the Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct pipeline will walk on Presidents Day, Feb. 15, from Greenfield Community College to the First Congregational Church at 43 Silver St. between 10 a.m. and noon, according to Hattie Nestel of the No NED Pipeline Affinity Group, which will sponsor the walk. The walk’s route will include a stop … 0

About Town: All the region's a stage

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Mid-life crises manifest themselves in all kinds of ways. Mine involves wearing elaborate hats, attempting to speak with Southern and Eastern European accents, and learning insiders’ jargon such as “ghost light,” “spike tape” and “merde.” I am late to the theater world, having only started in 2009. By last count, I’ve done 28 plays since then, not including mere readings. They’ve taken me … 0

Lean, green learning machine: Winter farmers market hosts sustainability workshops

Sunday, February 7, 2016

GREENFIELD — The annual Greenfield Winter Fare event at the indoor Farmers Market offered much more than fresh, local foods Saturday. Visitors from all over the Pioneer Valley flocked to the newly renovated Greenfield High School for the event. Upon arrival, guests were immediately greeted with an aroma of fresh herbs and spices … 0

YMCA to hold Girls Day Out Sunday

Thursday, January 28, 2016

GREENFIELD — The 10th annual YMCA in Greenfield’s Girls Day Out is back and bigger. On Sunday, from noon to 3 p.m., the YMCA is holding a special free event for “girls ages 10 to 100.” Dawn Dorsey, YMCA health and wellness director, said, “Girls, women, mothers and … 0

Newton School lands Wi-Fi grant

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

GREENFIELD — Newton School will take another step along the Greenfield school department’s march into the digital age with help from a federal grant to install building-wide wireless Internet and purchase Google Chromebook laptops for its students. Christine … 0

Letter: Council behavior

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

I am writing in regard to Chris Collins’ “Rocky start for leadership: Outcry over Town Council assignments” article (Jan. 8) As Chris points out, “politics is a game of perception,” and I must admit that after reading the earlier article on council appointments, talking to some residents and … 0

Letter: Legalized theft

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

I received a check for $25 drawn on the Bank of America from the University of Massachusetts for being a participant in a doctoral study program. I tried to cash this check at the Bank of America in Greenfield and was told they would have to charge me … 0

Passing grades: Most Franklin County educators see “exemplary” or “proficient” evaluations

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

GREENFIELD — Franklin County’s educators got good grades from the state’s annual evaluation. Statewide, 86 percent of educators scored “proficient” on this year’s state Educator Evaluation Framework report, according to statistics released Tuesday. Most of Franklin County’s school districts fell within or above the state total for proficiency. … 0

Greenfield Notebook

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Absentee ballots available GREENFIELD — Absentee ballots are available for the state’s presidential primary, which will be held March 1. The last day to apply for an absentee ballot for this election is noon on Feb. 29. Voters may vote at the town clerk’s office until that date … 0

Greenfield schools make high and low-tech requests

Monday, January 25, 2016

GREENFIELD — All of Greenfield’s elementary schools could see building-wide public announcement systems installed and new digital education tools roaming their halls if the town grants the budget requests made for this cycle by the school’s principals. The … 0

Council approves borrowing for Senior Center

Monday, January 25, 2016

GREENFIELD — Plans for a new Greenfield Senior Center will progress into the design development phase after Town Council authorized the borrowing of $350,000 for the project at its most recent meeting, sparking conversation about whether the building … 0

State Sen. Benjamin Downing says he won’t seek re-election

Monday, January 25, 2016

State Sen. Benjamin Downing Jr. surprised many by announcing his decision not to seek re-election to a sixth term this November. In a statement released Monday, the Pittsfield Democrat restated his initial promise not to hold the seat … 0

Area residents react to dodging big storm

Sunday, January 24, 2016

After Winter Storm Jonas paralyzed much of the East Coast, western Massachusetts residents were thankful for clear, sunny skies much of this weekend. “I thought it was strange how the storm missed us,” said Daniel Gobillot of Turners … 0