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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

Combatants turn different way toward Middle East peace

Sunday, October 6, 2013

AMHERST — Together, the four visitors to this country might seem like an odd group: two Israelis and two Palestinians, who have, in their own ways, taken part in the decades-old struggle between the two Mideast cultures, sometimes … 0

Playing a role in how Greenfield develops

Sunday, September 29, 2013

GREENFIELD — When Mark Zaccheo moved to Greenfield with his wife Barbara a dozen years ago, he decided he wanted to be more than just a resident of the town. Instead, he said he wanted to help the … 0

New faculty member brings solar power experience to GCC

Sunday, September 15, 2013

GREENFIELD — There’s a new professor on campus this fall — the kind that builds a grease-powered car and dreams of a day when his house will be completely off the electrical grid. For Michael Kocsmiersky, the newest … 0

Local firefighters get taste of wild(fire) West

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Walker Korby, Jesse Hanecak and Daniel Thayer just got back from 21 days in the Lolo National Forest in west-central Montana. But their stay was anything but a vacation. The three Franklin County firefighters were part of a … 0

Healing through art

Sunday, May 12, 2013

SHELBURNE FALLS — No one wants illness and death in their lives, but when they come, they are powerful teachers. This month, 22 area artists are sharing very personal stories of illness and loss as well as artwork … 0