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Jaywalking: Sod is the decision, much to the dismay of vocal critics

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

It appeared to be a done deal from the start. Despite more than 50 supporters of artificial turf fields showing up, the Greenfield School Building Committee voted to go ahead with installing sod fields with irrigation behind the high school during a meeting Tuesday night in the GHS library. The proposal received a 6-0 vote (two abstentions) and also approved adding two lanes to the track (up to eight lanes from six), constructing a full-sized outdoor basketball court (a half-court was already planned), as well as paying for concrete to be poured for what will eventually be the floor of a storage shed. In the end the decision came down to money. According to the … 0

Jaywalking: Decision time

Monday, April 13, 2015

Tonight is a big night for future Greenfield High School’s athletic fields. I say that as though the fate has not already been decided, even if I have a feeling that it already has. While the GHS building committee has not officially decided what to do with the fields behind the school, it … 0

Jaywalking: Spelling bee

Monday, April 6, 2015

Ask anyone from the Frontier Regional School District what the name of their school mascot is, and let the fun begin. Did they answer correctly? Probably. But then take it a step further and inquire as to the spelling. That might be more difficult, since we now know that there’s no consistency. Proof … 0

Jaywalking: Labor of Love

Monday, March 30, 2015

When Dick “The Rev” McKelvey was young, he had a pair of events shape what would become a passion for the rest of his life. It all happened well before McKelvey grew up and moved his family from … 0

Jaywalking: Top scorers

Monday, March 16, 2015

It was a good year to be a Pioneer Valley Regional School basketball player. The girls’ team won the Franklin County League South Division and wound up making it to Curry Hicks Cage for the WMass Division IV semifinals. The boys’ team also had a successful season, finishing … 0

Jaywalking: Goal oriented

Monday, March 9, 2015

Nowadays, you can find Dr. Reza Namin at the Franklin County Jail, where he serves as the Chief Academic Officer for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department. But once upon a time Namin was a soccer star in his native home of Iran as well as around New England. … 0

Jaywalking: Teamwork

Monday, February 23, 2015

Just as expected, the Hampshire League proved to be full of intrigue this season. We figured back in early December that the HL schedule would be full of exciting weekly games and it lived up to the billing. There were many nights when at least one game would … 0

Jaywalking: State glory

Monday, February 16, 2015

It’s funny where one little letter can lead you. A few weeks ago I received an email, then a letter regarding the 10-year anniversary of the Mohawk Trail Regional High School boys’ indoor track & field team winning a state Division IV title. The actual anniversary is Feb. … 0

Jaywalking: What a game

Monday, February 2, 2015

On Sunday night, the New England Patriots continued their string of exciting Super Bowl finishes by edging the Seattle Seahawks, 28-24, in front of 70,000 fans at the University of Phoenix Stadium and a record-setting television audience that drew a 49.7 on the overnight rating scale, beating last … 0

Jaywalking: Turf decision

Monday, January 26, 2015

We are quickly approaching the decision as to the fate of the athletic fields behind Greenfield High School. Currently, the area behind the school is a muddy mess, the entire area torn up by bulldozers and excavators, serving as yet another reminder of the school’s multimillion-dollar facelift. And … 0

Jaywalking: Young gun

Monday, January 19, 2015

Five years ago, Rebecca Rodgers was a 9-year-old getting introduced to the sport of curling by watching it during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. This week, she is competing on one of the 10 women’s teams to qualify for the 2015 Junior National Championships in Devil’s Lake, N.D. … 0

Jaywalking: Barnstorming

Monday, January 12, 2015

It’s amazing where a story can lead you to. Two days before Christmas, I touched on some of the history of Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield. The gym opened when the new high school opened up in 1958 and has all sorts of stories to tell from its 57 … 0

Jaywalking: Goodbye friend

Monday, January 5, 2015

I never had the chance to work with Mike “Ace” Kelley at the Recorder. His days of newspaper writing ended when I was still in high school, leading up to our new millennium, his career another casualty of the disease that tragically claimed his life on Christmas Day … 0

Jaywalking: Holiday cheer

Monday, December 29, 2014

Happy 2015! Sure, I may be a day or two early, but I’m also probably the first person to say it to you, and there’s always something to be said for firsts. You’re likely to hear the phrase “Happy New Year” so many times in the next few … 0

Jaywalking: Greenfield ready to bid farewell to Nichols Gym

Monday, December 22, 2014

After 57 years of serving Greenfield, the Carl “Ump” Nichols Gymnasium will feature its final high school basketball game tonight when the Greenfield girls’ basketball team hosts Hopkins Academy at 7:30. The gymnasium will be demolished after the new year and a parking lot will be paved over … 0