State puts virtual school on probation for 20 months

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Since a state review this summer, the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School has implemented programs for Title 1 and English language learning and hired a school psychologist and three family engagement coordinators. But the new changes appear too little, too late. The Greenfield-based cyber school has been placed on probation for 20 months until June 30, 2016, when its state certificate expires. The 11-member state Board of Elementary and … 0

Mayor to give each precinct money for projects

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Each of the town’s nine precincts will soon get a boost if Town Council accepts an offer by the mayor of $130,000 from the town’s “free cash” surplus. Mayor William Martin has asked the Council to approve the $130,000, of which $10,000 would go into an account for each of the 13 councilors to decide with their constituents where it would … 0

Anthropologist looks at life in Deerfield River Valley

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Imagine walking through the woods and coming face to face with a beaver the size of a black bear. For most of us, our first thought would be “run!” But for New England’s ancient Paleoindian period residents, that thought was “dinner.” The lives of those people, who lived over 8,000 years ago, along with their ancestors, were the subject of a … 0

Letter: Comic strip criticism

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Years ago, there were complainers to this newspaper who said stuff about “Beetle Bailey,” such as it being “offensive” and “dehumanizing many” and “sexist.” You dropped it because you thought it wasn’t funny anymore, saying it was too dependent on its “sexist” humor. I would agree that it … 0

‘The Judge’ hits home with audience

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

GREENFIELD — Franklin County went to the movies Wednesday night to see what so many people had only seen in bits and pieces last summer — “The Judge,” starring Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, and, of course, Shelburne … 0

Looking forward to college after fighting tumor

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Next spring, James “Jimmy” Hill of Greenfield hopes to start his computer sciences degree at Greenfield Community College. That might not seem so unusual. But then, Jimmy Hill has had to overcome some serious setbacks. Last year, Hill … 0

First phase of renovations to Oak Courts complete

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

GREENFIELD — The first phase of the $13.2 million Oak Courts renovation project is complete and 16 families are now moved into the new apartments some have been waiting up to a decade to live in. The much-needed … 0

220 middle school students find their voice in substance abuse workshops

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

GREENFIELD — By the end of the six-hour youth conference for preventing substance abuse, middle school students across Franklin, Hampshire and the North Quabbin region believed they would say “no” if offered drugs or alcohol by a peer. “A lot of people our age have already been offered … 0

Solar Challenge to save residents money, but it requires an investment

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

GREENFIELD — The town and its green volunteers are working with a local solar company to encourage as many home and business owners as possible to install solar electrical panels on their roofs over the next few months, … 0

FRCOG hopes to build online disaster map

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BUCKLAND — When Tropical Storm Irene pounded Franklin County, emergency responders and isolated residents cut off by storm damage suddenly found a new use for Twitter and Facebook on their cellphones: asking others about, and reporting on local washouts, flooding and downed trees. Now, the Franklin Regional Council … 0

Mayor’s domestic violence task force returns

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

GREENFIELD — After a five-year hiatus, the Mayor’s Task Force Against Domestic Violence is back to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence in town. The seven-member task force is planning its first community forum for October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The event will take place on Oct. … 0

YMCA Senior Week starts Saturday

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

GREENFIELD — Oct. 11 through 18 the YMCA will be offering a free week of Y membership usage and special events for seniors 60 and over. The membership activities include daily lap swims, use of the 10-person Jacuzzi, Pickleball, gym walking, strength training in the weight room, cardio … 0

GCC roundabout on track

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

GREENFIELD — It looks like students and other drivers will be using the roundabout at the entrance to Greenfield Community College by the end of the year, even though the project won’t be completely finished until next April. … 0