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Bright overhead lights illuminate the large operating room, known as "the dance hall," in Baystate Franklin Medical Center's new surgical wing. 
Recorder/Tom Relihan

Baystate Franklin Medical Center previews new surgical wing

Monday, February 8, 2016

GREENFIELD — A flick of a switch, and the members of the Baystate Franklin Medical Center Auxiliary let out a shout of surprise and squinted against the glare as they were bathed in clean fluorescent light, as bright as any summer day. “We call this the ‘dance hall,’” quipped Director of Surgical Services Beverly Pomeroy, sweeping her arm in an … 0

Neighbors: 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest seeks entries

Monday, February 8, 2016

Hello neighbor. Well folks, it’s that time again. The 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest has begun, and Friends of the Greenfield Public Library are looking for poems from you. The event is open to all Franklin County residents and students. You can submit up to three poems. The deadline is March 7, … 0

Gas pipeline opponents to walk, picket on Presidents Day

Sunday, February 7, 2016

GREENFIELD — Walkers who oppose the Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct pipeline will walk on Presidents Day, Feb. 15, from Greenfield Community College to the First Congregational Church at 43 Silver St. between 10 a.m. and noon, according to Hattie Nestel of the No NED Pipeline Affinity Group, which will sponsor the walk. … 0

Water main break shuts down street

Thursday, January 28, 2016

GREENFIELD — A portion of Davis Street was closed until Thursday afternoon while crews work to repair a water main that broke early Thursday morning, according to Department of Public Works Director Don Ouellette. He said changes in temperature have caused three water main breaks since Wednesday night, … 0

Block Grant to fund roadwork, housing, services

Friday, January 29, 2016

GREENFIELD — The town is in the process of applying for the annual Community Development Block Grant and plans to use the money it will receive to improve drainage, install new sidewalks and repave School Street in preparation for the new Senior Center project, in addition to funding … 0

YMCA to hold Girls Day Out Sunday

Thursday, January 28, 2016

GREENFIELD — The 10th annual YMCA in Greenfield’s Girls Day Out is back and bigger. On Sunday, from noon to 3 p.m., the YMCA is holding a special free event for “girls ages 10 to 100.” Dawn Dorsey, YMCA health and wellness director, said, “Girls, women, mothers and … 0

Newton School lands Wi-Fi grant

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

GREENFIELD — Newton School will take another step along the Greenfield school department’s march into the digital age with help from a federal grant to install building-wide wireless Internet and purchase Google Chromebook laptops for its students. Christine … 0

Letter: Council behavior

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

I am writing in regard to Chris Collins’ “Rocky start for leadership: Outcry over Town Council assignments” article (Jan. 8) As Chris points out, “politics is a game of perception,” and I must admit that after reading the earlier article on council appointments, talking to some residents and … 0

Letter: Legalized theft

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

I received a check for $25 drawn on the Bank of America from the University of Massachusetts for being a participant in a doctoral study program. I tried to cash this check at the Bank of America in Greenfield and was told they would have to charge me … 0

Passing grades: Most Franklin County educators see “exemplary” or “proficient” evaluations

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

GREENFIELD — Franklin County’s educators got good grades from the state’s annual evaluation. Statewide, 86 percent of educators scored “proficient” on this year’s state Educator Evaluation Framework report, according to statistics released Tuesday. Most of Franklin County’s school districts fell within or above the state total for proficiency. … 0

Greenfield Notebook

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Absentee ballots available GREENFIELD — Absentee ballots are available for the state’s presidential primary, which will be held March 1. The last day to apply for an absentee ballot for this election is noon on Feb. 29. Voters may vote at the town clerk’s office until that date … 0

Greenfield schools make high and low-tech requests

Monday, January 25, 2016

GREENFIELD — All of Greenfield’s elementary schools could see building-wide public announcement systems installed and new digital education tools roaming their halls if the town grants the budget requests made for this cycle by the school’s principals. The … 0

Council approves borrowing for Senior Center

Monday, January 25, 2016

GREENFIELD — Plans for a new Greenfield Senior Center will progress into the design development phase after Town Council authorized the borrowing of $350,000 for the project at its most recent meeting, sparking conversation about whether the building … 0