Neighbors: Local teens attend two-week craft program

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hello, neighbors. Two of our younger neighbors participated in a two-week craft program in Williamsburg this year and, I’m told, had a lot of fun doing so. Fourteen-year-old James Simpson and 15-year-old Henry Walker-West, both of Shelburne Falls, spent two weeks at Snow Farm Summer, a program of The New England Craft Program. James, the son of nationally known glassblower Josh Simpson and NASA astronaut Cady Coleman, is a student … 0

Williams sworn in as Greenfield’s deputy police chief Thursday

Thursday, August 28, 2014

GREENFIELD — Mark Williams became the town’s deputy police chief Thursday, after 15 years with the department. While he has been on countless calls since he joined the department, one early call stuck out in his mind and he gave the crowd at his swearing-in a detailed account. “On Nov. 28, 1999, I … 0

Greenfield oil spill results in lengthy cleanup

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — A trash collection truck spilled more than two dozen gallons of hydraulic fluid on the French King Highway Wednesday afternoon. According to a Greenfield Fire Department spokesman, a hydraulic line broke on a garbage truck from Triple T Trucking, spilling 28 to 30 gallons of hydraulic oil on a half-mile-long stretch of heavily traveled road. The spill began north of the … 0

Neighbors: Team Greenfield wins first annual mayors golf tourney

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. You may have read the story I wrote last week about Greenfield Mayor William Martin traveling to Southampton with several teams from town to play in the first annual Western Massachusetts Mayors Cup Golf Tournament to raise money for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Well, … 0

Charter school collaborates with K-12 schools

Monday, August 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — For the first time in its 12-year history, Four Rivers Charter School is collaborating with some Franklin County public high schools to share ideas. The public college preparatory middle and high school on Colrain Road is consulting with the Mohawk Trail Reginal High School and Greenfield … 0

Community ingredients

Sunday, August 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — The bar of the Hope and Olive restaurant was strewn with vegetable scraps, knives, cutting boards and cooked chicken carcasses Sunday afternoon, as volunteers busily sliced, chopped and shredded the ingredients for a meal to feed … 0

Of two minds on tax holiday

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Of life’s two constants, death and taxes, one took a holiday this weekend. The response was mixed. The unofficially-annual Massachusetts sales tax holiday lifted the 6.25 percent surcharge Saturday and Sunday, a tradition begun by legislators in 2004 in hopes of giving businesses a mid-summer shot in the … 0

Town may swap small piece of land with local tire company

Sunday, August 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — The town may swap a small piece of land for another with a local business on French King Highway, a deal that would provide the town with better access to future park land. Under the deal … 0

New block party to raise money for county's needy

Sunday, August 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Though a local church is calling its upcoming event a block party, it will be held entirely on the St. James Episcopal Church property this year, its first. Organizers said last week that while the mayor had offered to close Federal Street in the area of … 0

New drug treatment option in Greenfield

Friday, August 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — Options for addiction treatment in Franklin County continue to tick upward, with a program new to the county set to open next month. Clinical and Support Options is preparing to open an intensive outpatient addiction treatment program, an “IOP” in treatment and insurance parlance. It will … 0

Taste the summer in CISA’s Local Hero restaurant fare

Friday, August 15, 2014

If you can’t come out for a whole meal during CISA’s Local Hero Restaurant Days on Tuesday and Wednesday , at least come to the Wagon Wheel in Gill for homemade peach ice cream made with peaches from Clarkdale Farm. Or have a grass-fed beef tenderloin steak at … 0

Greenfield compost containers a hit

Friday, August 15, 2014

By ANITA FRITZ Recorder Staff GREENFIELD — The town’s new home compost kitchen containers have been such a hit that Greenfield has already had to restock its supply. According to Janine Greaves, Greenfield’s recycling coordinator, the town’s first … 0

Mayor appoints deputy police chief; plans to meet with both fire chief candidates before making decision

Friday, August 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — Mayor William Martin has appointed Sgt. Mark Williams as the town’s first deputy chief since Joseph LaChance retired from that job in 2004, but said he wants to meet with both permanent fire chief candidates before … 0