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BFMC reopens in-patient wing

Monday, November 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — After eight years, Baystate Franklin Medical Center is re-opening the Spoke 5 medical-surgical ward as a fully active unit today, a sign in the rise in people seeking care from the Greenfield hospital. Spoke 5 has been used in the past only during high surges in the number of inpatients. The re-opening means potentially more private rooms for patients and more jobs for the community. The unit adds … 0

Neighbors: Looks like a harsh winter ahead; take care of each other

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. First, I’d like to wish you a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving. Enjoy your friends and family — that’s what great memories are made of. I’m waiting to hear from our local precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy to see what she believes the winter has in store for the county. Until then, … 0

Salvation Army sees increased need

Monday, November 24, 2014

As the holiday season comes upon us this week, the Salvation Army in Greenfield is noticing an increased need in the community for food and clothing. The food pantry shelves are going bare. Requests for food assistance has spiked 10 to 15 percent and clothing vouchers are being used as fast as they … 0

Letter: On the landscape

Friday, November 14, 2014

Hey Mr. Carville, my Democrat brother (read socialist), if you love the beauty of solar panels and wind turbines so much, you need to visit my home state of Texas. You can drive for hundreds of miles in East Texas and see these awesomely behemoth oil rigs and … 0

Selectmen address opioid problem

Thursday, November 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — Small town governments are another avenue through which the Opioid Task Force is looking to get traction on the heroin and painkiller problem. Thursday night Opioid Task Force member John Merrigan and coordinator Marisa Hebble presented data on the problem and information on efforts underway to … 0

Greenfield’s covered bridge reopens

Thursday, November 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — With dozens gathered around them early Thursday morning, Maria Herkner and Pat Webb of Greenfield cut the ribbon to allow for a maroon-colored 1935 Ford and a fire-red Ferrari to cross the covered bridge on Eunice … 0

Neighbors: TFHS to hold its fourth all-class reunion

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hello neighbor. Hey, it’s that time of year again — my alma mater, Turners Falls High School (Class of 1976 and proud of it) is holding its Alumni Association’s fourth annual All-Class Reunion the day after Thanksgiving. It will be held on the nightclub side of Between the … 0

Arts Block, Pushkin safe from auction — for now

Thursday, November 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — The auction of the downtown Pushkin and Arts Block buildings, scheduled for Dec. 2, will likely be delayed. The foreclosure auction has already been pushed back once. Debtor Ed Wierzbowski filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection before a Sept. 22 auction could be held, placing an … 0

Council members hold food drive on Town Common

Thursday, November 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — Canned goods, jars of salsa, cereal boxes and even shampoo bottles were some of the things the Town Council collected for those in need, filling rows of boxes on the Town Common Thursday afternoon. Town Council … 0

Erving man faces drug charges

Thursday, November 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — An Erving man was arrested Thursday on charges of selling marijuana mixed with oregano, according to police. Douglas Belanger, 26, of 85 Mountain Road, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Thursday to charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of Suboxone without a … 0

Franklin County teachers rated proficient, in line with most of state

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — Teachers and administers in Franklin County schools have been rated as “proficient,” according to new data on educator evaluations released this week by the state. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Wednesday released the second year of educator evaluations. Similar to the first year, the … 0

Scars of war: International judge tells GCC audience of time overseeing war crime trials

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — Though the atrocities committed in the Bosnian War between 1992 and 1996 are over, the scars they left are still there, and those responsible are still being brought to justice. Judge Patricia Whalen presided over seven … 0

Opening the circle

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — After an eight-year partnership with NELCWIT, the Visioning B.E.A.R. Circle, a Native American domestic and sexual violence prevention group, is branching off from its sister agency and penning its own evidence-based curriculum. The Visioning B.E.A.R. Circle, … 0