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Shannon (Hosmer) Gamlin, a U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq, admits the transition back to civilian life has been tough. Now living in Colorado, she has been back to Greenfield to spend time with her family.
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Transition back to civilian tough for this veteran

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is the last in an occasional series of stories about the homecoming experiences of local war veterans. GREENFIELD — Shannon (Hosmer) Gamlin says it hasn’t been easy returning to a life she walked away from a decade ago. “After all I’ve been through and all I’ve seen, it’s difficult, for instance, to hear someone freak out about missing their favorite TV show,” she says. Gamlin, 30, joined the U.S. Army when she was 20 years old. She left four years ago with a Purple Heart, a medical discharge and some issues she is yet to fully resolve. She served as a military … 0

Happy to be outstanding in his fields

Sunday, March 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — In the early morning summer hours, before orthopedic doctor Jeffrey Hayer spends his days treating patients with arthritis, broken bones and muscle injuries, he drives to the 200-tree orchard he’s planted in Heath. On his 56 acres on the side of a mountain, Hayer will water and cut the trees that … 0

Happy to be in the local picture

Sunday, March 16, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — There’s always another story for Tim Lindop to shoot for Montague Community Television, whether it’s this week’s selectmen’s meeting or last month’s finance board session. But Lindop has his own story — one that’s taken him to the Amazon, the Chinese border with Kyrgyzstan and elsewhere. It’s also taken him … 0

About Town: Students form Frontier's first Model UN Club

Sunday, March 9, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — For three days last month, a group of 12 Frontier Regional High School students worked for hours in the Boston Park Plaza Hotel trying to come up with solutions to poverty in South Africa, the … 0

Colrain Ambulance driven to serve

Sunday, March 2, 2014

COLRAIN — On March 5, 2008 — when the Colrain Volunteer Ambulance Association received its new, $172,000 four-wheel-drive ambulance — Director Gary Ponce challenged ambulance volunteers to answer at least 100 emergency calls in a row, with two … 0

Keeping sharp eye on details

Sunday, February 9, 2014

GREENFIELD — Jeff Dome had barely taken two steps inside one of the rooms being constructed at the new Greenfield High School when he paused, stopping to look at a red valve set up against one of the … 0

After 57 years, firefighter set to retire

Sunday, February 2, 2014

WENDELL — Chief Everett Ricketts is reaching the end of 57 years of service on the town’s fire department. Ricketts joined the Wendell Fire Department in 1957, and became chief in 1976. Now 77, Ricketts will retire at … 0

Whately man on the run for statewide office

Sunday, January 26, 2014

WHATELY — See Edwards run. Wayland. Marlborough. West Roxbury. Acton. Run, run, run, Jonathan Edwards. Run for lieutenant governor. The four-term selectman’s first try at seeking statewide office, after working on the campaigns of Congressman John W. Olver, … 0

Cloud lifts students’ computer work

Sunday, January 19, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — At Frontier Regional School, Gabe Chapley, 17, of Deerfield is creating a production about modern technology using animation software. And David Esch, 14, of Deerfield is making a game using a computer coding program. The students are part of the multimedia courses taught by instructional … 0

About Town: Wrapped up in the Bridge of Flowers

Sunday, January 12, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — About 30,000 visitors a year come to the Bridge of Flowers and most of them come with cameras. On peak summer weekends, there are times when you have to weave through throngs of people snapping photos of the bridge or close-ups of its blossoms. The … 0

Giving a notorious descendant a voice

Sunday, January 5, 2014

WENDELL — It’s been more than 40 years since Kathy-Ann Becker felt the spring thaw tingle beneath her feet during a lunch-break walk from her job in Northampton’s Forbes Library. It came with a disturbing sense that something was very wrong. “A woman stood here in great pain” … 0

Stewardship plan for Pioneer property

Sunday, December 29, 2013

NORTHFIELD — Former high school science teacher John Lepore spent 1,600 hours crafting a plan for the Pioneer Valley Regional School’s 90-acre property. “It wasn’t work; it was fun,” Lepore told the School Committee when he presented a summary of the plan. Lepore volunteered nearly a year’s worth … 0

Down at ‘Willy’s Workshop’

Sunday, December 22, 2013

GREENFIELD — By day, Bill Levine analyzes blood samples as a hematology supervisor in Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s laboratory. But by night, the 65-year-old Greenfield resident spends hours in his home workshop, building wooden toys and Christmas presents … 0

Trip to Guyana shakes his worldview

Sunday, December 8, 2013

When Dennis LeBlanc, a former minister who now directs Greenfield’s Pastoral Counseling Center, was packing his bags in mid-October for three weeks in Guyana, with shorts, T-shirts and other gear for the South American country just north of … 3

Business looks to knit together fiber farms, community

Sunday, December 1, 2013

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Throughout the Pioneer Valley, consumers can buy local food from corn to apples. One South Deerfield woman, however, is adding one more item to the increasingly popular list of local goods — fiber. To promote … 0