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Chris Collins- I want to say thanks for all three excellent parts of this column- very informative, and substantiated. I may take you to task at another time, so put this one in the bank! Ha! ...(full comment)

In the Arena: Deja vu

Keeping the tires there is also "expensive," except to society as a whole (due to degraded water) rather than the individual landowner. Leaving them there is not an option. ...(full comment)

Practical purpose for mound of tires?

They definitely need a designated smoking area. It could even be an attraction- I know that at many brewfests, there is a tent set up as a 'cigar bar' where all the smokers can go and do their thing away from the rest of the patrons. With the long history of tobacco farming in the valley, they might as well offer the chance to sample natural locally-produced tobacco. Heck, they judge apples and jams and quilts... Let some locals enter their nice handmade cigars! I am STRONGLY anti-cigarettes when it comes to all the nasty additive-laden garbage being sold, but this isn't about IF smoking is wrong, it's about WHERE smoking is wrong. I was trying to enjoy the kids talent show and there was seriously a guy smoking a CIGAR sitting right on the bleachers. Like, any cigar smoker is fully aware of the fact that most creatures with noses find the smell of secondhand stogie purely offensive. To be smoking a cigar shoulder-to-shoulder with other people trying to enjoy a CHILDRENS EVENT... that is just a big giant social 'screw you'. Yeah, buddy, if you are reading this, you know who you are (bald, doughey, and middle-aged)- I'm calling you out. That was messed up. I was half expecting the Real Housewives of Franklin County to give you a little more than just a dozen Angry Mom Looks. I just don't understand people sometimes. ...(full comment)

Fair board mulls smoking restrictions

Hops growers are my heroes. You know I had a problem with mildew on my tomatoes. I didn't want to use any chemicals (I planned on eating them!). After scouring the web I finally found a great solution called No Powdery Mildew. I bought some here http://www.lookoutdeals.com/home-garden/ ...(full comment)

Hip hops

Great work, Walter! For those who don't know him well, may I say that "indolent lymphoma" is the ONLY way that Walter and the word indolent could ever possibly be connected. Much love, Paul ...(full comment)

200 cyclists raise at least $39,000 for BFMC cancer patients

Monday, week 2-Using the stairs today, finally met a "helper", assisting first floor resident up stairs. She slowly pulled herself up the stairs, and he followed with her walker, which held 2 cucumbers. ...(full comment)

Taking the stairs

I am not surprised by this happening. They were very, very greedy and felt they were deserving of ALL their money and didn't want to share it with their employees. They didn't pay their bills on time for many years and expected employees to do their dirty work of dealing with creditors. I feel for the employees and not for Ross Anderson! He deserves to lose his business. ...(full comment)

Lamson & Goodnow files for bankruptcy

I am a resident on floor 3. Thankfully, I am mobile enough and have family to assist. I am a younger retiree, mind intact...on most days...so I will manage, always have, always will. However, the reporter has take what she is told on face value. Faces often lie. I personally have not needed to contact anyone, nor do I think I will. However, at 7 pm tonight-Friday-a paper was pushed under my door with a small list of volunteers, very small...this is day 5. Now the office is closed. There has been nothing from management regarding on hired help, unless it missed my door. The garbage situation has been compromised, because the hired help does not want to carry or push the large garbage containers down the stairs. So the containers were removed, and a sign telling us to carry our garbage downstairs was posted. This is beyond understanding. The younger paid staff, does not want to have to carry things up and down the stairs...but the residents have no choice? I don't see this working, and the garbage situation might get "smelly". Followed by critters. No notice from management regarding this. The promised grocery delivery was cancelled due to inability to find people to do this. Cancelled late last Friday. Just posted outside the office. The whole motel option...what a joke. Really!!! Yes, we will survive, we are survivors. Will there be some trauma, maybe worse, I suspect so. In the end, the work will get done, if some of the more fragile tenants fall by the wayside (literally), well there is a long list of applications, and the new tenants will move in with a good working elevator. The elderly are expendable. ...(full comment)

Taking the stairs

I also notice that there is no help on the weekend's to carry things?...are not the residents going up and down the stairs then to? Schochet company is just to cheap to hire someone for the weekend to. ...(full comment)

Taking the stairs

at the human rights committee meeting.......legal services said that Schochet had to place residents in hotels during the repair of the elevator.....with the choice of the red roof in in south deerfield no wonder why the residents choose to stay in there apartments...what about greenfield hotels? the red rood in was the cheapest place?......the poor woman walking up the stairs in the photo ...where all the people who are hired to take things up to the apartments? guess no one was on duty then........Schochet company sounds like they have been band aiding this elevator for years and have no concern for safety of the elders and disabled residents for many years.......also what is masshousing the overseer of this development doing? not much like legal services said at the meeting residents are suppose to be placed at a hotel......... ...(full comment)

Taking the stairs

Yes, thanks. I used this talk by Amory Lovins (at 2.46 min): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsgrahFln0s&feature=youtu.be I should have written that Germany gets 25% of the power *it generates* from renewable sources. ...(full comment)

Keith/My Turn: Different calculations

Yes that is a wonderful sight, but to have that vision one must come here by the rule of law. ...(full comment)

Letter: Immigration process

Living in St. Albans, VT and having family in the Greenfield area - the train will be a welcome change. ...(full comment)

Gov. Patrick rolls into Greenfield on train to announce track buy