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Greenfield has vacant property ordinance

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — The town now has an ordinance that will require owners to maintain their properties, at least to the point that they don’t abandoned them and let them slip into disrepair. The Vacant and Foreclosing Properties Ordinance was adopted by Town Council after more than an hour of discussion this week. The ordinance, proposed by Mayor William Martin, was written to help protect the health, safety and welfare of … 0

Neighbors: Take advantage of technology, but don’t let it rule you

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. I just wanted to finish what I started on Tuesday, if you don’t mind. I seem to be on my soapbox this week, so please bear with me. I guess I’m just filled with the joy of the season and want to share it with you. I’d like to remind you of something else — I talked about volunteering, doing something … 0

Pair charged in summer break-ins

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — A stolen debit card used to buy gas led to burglary charges against two area men, according to police. Matthew Fowler, 20, of 36 Millers Falls Road, Turners Falls, and Tyler Lussier, 19, of 135 Conway St., are charged with 11 counts of breaking into a vehicle during the night for a felony, two charges of larceny under $250, one count … 0

Police: Homeless man arrested after break-in attempt

Friday, December 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — Police have arrested a homeless man they say tried to break into a vacant house to steal copper pipes Friday morning. Eric Flanders, 33, of Athol pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Friday to charges of … 0

Franklin County families burn through fuel aid

Thursday, December 11, 2014

GREENFIELD — After the frigid temperatures that froze Franklin County over the past couple of months, many families have already used up their fuel assistance — faster than in the average year. It doesn’t look like it’ll get any easier as the holidays approach. The increased fuel consumption … 0

Neighbors: Kind acts don’t go unnoticed

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Hello, neighbor. I thought I’d share a story about another one of our neighbors putting a smile on someone’s face. Julie, who lives on Wildwood Avenue in Greenfield, said she woke up the other morning to a box … 0

Greenfield man arrested in connection with Deerfield burglaries

Thursday, December 11, 2014

DEERFIELD — A Greenfield man is facing a slew of burglary and drug charges after pawn shop records, GPS technology and a set of silver spoons led to his arrest Wednesday night. Adam C. Yukl, 20, of 7 … 0

Valley Gives raises $2.7 million for Western Mass. nonprofits

Thursday, December 11, 2014

GREENFIELD — A few more Franklin County residents will likely receive some emergency heating aid, textbooks for college, a big brother or big sister or some elder home care thanks to the region’s Valley Gives online mega-fundraiser that brought in $2.7 million in donations for western Massachusetts nonprofits. … 0

Letter: Please return wallet

Thursday, December 11, 2014

On Friday evening Dec. 5. my 17-year-old son’s wallet was stolen in Turners Falls. Somewhere between 8 and 10 p.m. At this point, the contents of the wallet are far more important than the money that was in it. Friday after school, Austin had stopped at the bank … 0

Biomass ban

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — It looks like Greenfield could have an ordinance that would strictly regulate large-scale biomass wood-burning power plants and other waste-to-energy plants by sometime next year. An advisory committee has been working on the document for more than a year following a divisive debate over a proposed … 0

Day of excitement for nonprofits

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — At 1:30 p.m., Regina Curtis of the GCC Foundation, smiling broadly, briefly left her office to head to the first floor of the downtown campus, where she met John Waite of the Franklin County Community Development … 0

Two small Greenfield storefronts sold to unknown buyer

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — Two small downtown storefronts were sold during a private auction on Wednesday afternoon, and it isn’t yet known who bought them or what he plans to do with them. The Singley family-owned storefronts at 192 and … 1

Tech picks principal for supt.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MONTAGUE — In something of a surprise to some on the committee, particularly those who were not present, the Franklin Technical School District Committee voted to promote the school’s principal and assistant superintendent to the top job come … 0