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Home owners Hannah Smeltz and Spartan Giordano, center, give a tour of their award winning energy efficient house in Greenfield on Thursday.  At left is Adam Heintz, who helped build the home with the scrap granite floor and Bart Bales of Bales Energy. At right are Jennifer Marrapese and Miriam Aylward of NESEA. The couple's son, Max Giordano, 3, plays with trucks. Recorder/Paul Franz

Greenfield house earns builder energy award

Sunday, March 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — It all added up for this former math teacher, given the net sum of skyrocketing energy costs. So he built a net-zero energy saltbox. And it scored big. From the outside, the only thing saying the natural-finish house at 10 Charles St. is out of the ordinary are the tree-beams at the front and rear entrances. That, and … 0

Peace-maker: We must look below the surface

Sunday, January 11, 2015

DEERFIELD — When he was a 15-year-old high school student growing up in Japan, Tatsushi Arai met some of the survivors of the Hiroshima bombing and listened to their stories of living with radiation sickness in the years after the August 1945 attack. Arai was touched, he said, “not only by the tragic … 0

About Town: Children at center of this Hanukkah celebration

Sunday, December 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — With the sun down and the electric lights dimmed, a laughing group celebrated the sixth night of Hanukkah with candles and song Sunday, lighting seven candles on each of six menorahs and adding the smells of burning wax to those of fried potato pancakes, doughnuts and cookies in the Temple Israel … 0

Memorial Day service

Sunday, May 25, 2014

WARWICK — Firefighter Meghan Persico will spend her Memorial Day on the Mediterranean Sea. It’s no pleasure cruise. Persico, 20, is stationed aboard the USS George HW Bush, a Nimitz-class “supercarrier” aircraft carrier named for the country’s 41st … 0

It all adds up to staying involved with GCC

Sunday, May 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — Peter Rosnick is retired, but you probably wouldn’t know it. The 63-year-old Conway educator still spends most of his days at Greenfield Community College, the place he’s worked for the past 26 years as a math … 0

Pizza just one ingredient for success

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Between them, Craig White and Robert Lindner had experience running a pizza shop, cooking at schools like Austine School for the deaf and Bement School, as well as organic farming and human services. After meeting at Tai Kwan … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 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