Greenfield

Greenfield police want to expand watch program

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield’s downtown officer is hoping to strengthen and grow the town’s first organized neighborhood watch while adding more watch groups in different areas of town. “Downtown is my next goal,” said officer Jason Haskins. “Something like that will need merchants to get involved.” Haskins helped residents form the town’s first neighborhood watch in the Hillside Park area several months ago. He provided training and meets with the group … 0

Fair board mulls smoking restrictions

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — Should the Franklin County Fair have a designated smoking area to keep cigarette smoke away from young children and others who don’t like it? Should it have designated “non-smoking” outdoor areas? Or should it do away with smoking on the fairgrounds altogether? The Franklin County Agricultural Society’s board of directors will be discussing this tonight, and possibly at subsequent meetings throughout … 0

Highway-side fight ends in arrest

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — A Connecticut man faces charges and a mental health evaluation after a protracted fight with a Greenfield police officer by the side of the highway, ostensibly because he did not want to be handcuffed. The Sunday evening incident ended after a passing motorist intervened. Greenfield Police Sgt. Todd Dodge said patrolman Scott West was taken to the hospital for a wrist … 0

Judging proves to be more than a matter of taste

Sunday, September 7, 2014

GREENFIELD — When it comes to apple pies, Cynthia Redeker is no stranger. As a member of the Dole family, which owns Dole Orchards in Shelburne Falls, she has been cooking with them all her life and that’s … 0

Truck pull slogs along after storm

Sunday, September 7, 2014

GREENFIELD — Maybe there is something to that whole car exhaust and extreme weather link that everyone’s been talking about after all. Soon after the tricked-out, diesel-fueled pickup trucks began spewing plumes of black smoke into the grandstands … 0

A Franklin County Fair to remember

Sunday, September 7, 2014

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Fair fire muster results

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Franklin County Fair ended Sunday and results will soon be published for all competitions, from best quilt to strongest draft horse team. Results from the Firefighters’s Muster Sunday, a preview of fair results to come: Midnight alarm Colrain Fire Department, first; Vernon, Vt. Fire Department, second; Warwick … 0

Letter: ‘Brookie’ location

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Brookie sculpture pictured on Page A2 of The Recorder’s Sept. 2 issue is a great way to add to downtown’s attractions. Any information about why it’s there should point residents and visitors to the Green River and The Museum of Our Industrial Heritage at the other end … 0

Millionaires to celebrate at home

Friday, September 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — Wednesday night, while Donald Hutchinson, watched TV, his wife, Helen, was in another room, checking her lottery numbers on the computer. She didn’t need to ask her husband what numbers he played — because he had … 0

Fry-day: One man tries to eat his way through the Franklin County Fair

Friday, September 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — The four food groups were well represented by the vendors at the Franklin County Fair: Food on a stick, fried food, dessert, and things served in a flimsy paper tray. This reporter tried to perform a … 0

Report of shot fired at Greenfield bar Friday

Friday, September 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — Patrons of the Main Street Bar and Grill say a bullet flew through the window of the Friday night. However, police could not confirm whether a round hole in the bar’s window was caused by a … 0

New funding comes through to track painkiller abuse

Friday, September 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — A $203,770 federal grant will help area drug abuse prevention and law enforcement agencies monitor painkiller abuse and track abuse trends with a new program. “This is an enormous boost in the efforts to fight the scourge of drug abuse that threatens our communities daily,” Northwestern … 0

State spends time at area Dept. of Children and Families offices

Friday, September 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — In an effort to increase communication and keep track of issues and needs facing families throughout the state, interim Commissioner Erin Deveney of the Department of Children and Families has spent this week meeting with staff … 0