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Greenfield Community College President Robert Pura, left, and Elms College President Sister Mary Reap sign the agreement to expand degree programs offered by the two schools. submitted photo

GCC, Elms College expand degree offerings

Friday, January 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — Starting next fall, Greenfield Community College students will be able to pursue a four-year bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing, early child care or education as part of an expanded program between GCC and Elms College. And the courses will be taught at the GCC main campus for less than it would cost to take them at … 0

Gasoline: How low can it go?

Friday, January 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — “Oh! Only $20!” exclaimed Patsy Hendricks of Greenfield as the handle of the gas pump jumped slightly in her hand — a signal that her car’s fuel tank was full, and that she had saved more cash. With the price at the Hess station on Federal Street sitting at $2.13 that … 0

Federal Street Cumberland Farms reopens

Friday, January 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — Cumberland Farms on Federal Street has completed construction of its new expanded store and is open once again. The store, which was built where Domino’s Pizza once stood, is 4,513 square feet, which is 1,500 square feet larger than the previous store. The company purchased the Domino’s property — Domino’s Pizza … 0

WMECO changes business name

Friday, January 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — When you receive your February electric bill, it won’t be from Western Mass. Electric Co. Northeast Utilities, the parent company of WMECO, announced Friday it will begin doing business under the new brand name of Eversource Energy on Feb. 2. All of the NU subsidiaries, including … 0

Letter: We need a stronger law

Friday, January 23, 2015

Seeing we are the adults and our lawmakers are adults — why do adults have to live by the law? This has to do with talking on your cell phone will driving. Today, a car pulled out of Hope Street (never stopped) went through the stop sign and … 0

Franklin County Fair to restrict smoking to designated areas

Thursday, January 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Franklin County Fair will be “mostly smoke-free” this year. Smokers will have to find one of the four designated areas when they decide to light up at this year’s fall fair. After 167 years, the Franklin County Agricultural Society board of directors has adopted a … 0

Former co-op manager charged with stealing

Thursday, January 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — The former general manager of the Franklin Community Cooperative, which runs Green Fields Market and McCusker’s Market in Shelburne Falls, has been charged with embezzling approximately $60,000 from the member-owned food cooperative over nine months. Dwight … 0

Neighbors: Show warmth, sympathy and understanding

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. I was supposed to be in Boston this morning, but instead I’m at work. I was supposed to be sitting beside my dad who was supposed to be recovering from the heart surgery he was supposed … 0

Hungry for help: State loses $106 million in federal money from SNAP changes

Thursday, January 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — The 72,550 drop in the food stamp caseload over the past year has also resulted in a loss of an estimated $106 million in federal dollars coming to the state, a Northampton anti-poverty lawyer said. Between October 2013 and October 2014, the state has lost roughly … 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