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Jaywalking

Jaywalking: Healing run

Monday, April 14, 2014

Five minutes may not seem like a lot of time, but for Greenfield’s Jack McKenzie, it may have been the difference between life and death. One year ago, McKenzie was running in his 22nd Boston Marathon. He thought it was going to be his swan song. At the age of 59, he thought it was time to retire from marathon running. He crossed the finish line 2 hours, 44 minutes after he began the 26.2-mile run. Five minutes later, at the 2:49 mark of the race, disaster struck when a pair of bombs exploded at the finish line. McKenzie was still in the vicinity of the finish line. Like most people that cross the line … 0

Jaywalking: Panther payback

Monday, April 7, 2014

Pioneer football coach Glen Wilson has not forgotten the treatment he and the rest of the Panther football team received in 2009 following a 14-8 overtime loss to Ware High School in the WMass Division IV Super Bowl. As the team bus rolled back into town that night, the sky suddenly lit up … 0

Jaywalking: Over and out

Monday, March 31, 2014

I took up an invitation to Greenfield High School hockey’s end-of-the-season banquet last week. The celebration took on a whole new meaning this season, since it was the final time 11-year head coach Mike Duclos and assistant coach Todd “Happy” Boynton would be together to address the team. Both men are hanging up their whistles after terrific coaching careers. They began coaching together … 0

Jaywalking: It keeps giving

Monday, March 17, 2014

The beauty of writing local-history tales is that, while I’m sure last week’s ski-jumping piece evoked many memories, it also gave folks a chance to further school me on the topic. Call it a story that keeps on … 0

Jaywalking: Local scene once a ski-jumping mecca

Monday, March 10, 2014

It’s possible you know there was once a ski jump located in Greenfield near Abercrombie Field in the east Greenfield village known to natives as Bingville. The remains of that jump can still be seen at a spot … 0

Jaywalking: Shot clocked

Monday, March 3, 2014

It was a tough night for the Greenfield High School boys’ basketball fans in Cheshire on Friday night. The sixth-seeded Green Wave had its hands full with third-seeded Hoosac Valley High School in the quarterfinals of the Western Massachusetts Division III Tournament. Greenfield had trailed for much of … 0

Jaywalking: Yeoman effort

Monday, February 24, 2014

Five local boys’ basketball teams will begin their fight for WMass supremacy as the boys’ tournaments get under way tonight. While teams like Turners Falls, Mahar and Greenfield are expected to fare well and compete for a chance to make it to Curry Hicks Cage in Amherst for … 0

Jaywalking: Chowing down on Olympics

Monday, February 17, 2014

I groggily turned the alarm clock off at 7:30 on Saturday morning and lay back down in bed, stared at the ceiling a moment to gather my wits, and grabbed the television remote to turn on the 32-inch Vizio that sits atop a bedroom dresser. Welcome to the … 0

Jaywalking: Hall of Famer

Monday, February 10, 2014

Bob Smith has coached the Frontier Regional School girls’ track & field team since the spring of 1980. In that time, he has been at the helm for exactly 241 dual meets. There are eight that specifically stand out in his head. Those would be all of the … 0

Jaywalking: Bowl props

Monday, February 3, 2014

In the days leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII, I thought we would at least be treated to another good game in which I had no real rooting interest, aside from a small wager with a buddy that had me rooting for Seattle and the under. Looking at … 0

Jaywalking: Prep reps

Monday, January 27, 2014

The 22nd Winter Olympics begins next Friday in Sochi, Russia, and although no local athletes will take part, Franklin County does have some connections to three Sochi Games competitors. All three of those athletes come out of the local prep schools. United States women’s hockey coach Katey Stone … 0

Jaywalking: Virtual verdict

Monday, January 20, 2014

What happened to the Mohawk field hockey team is unfortunate. Due to an ineligible player, the Warriors were forced to forfeit all but two of their games from this past fall. Here’s what happened for those who missed it. Former full-time Mohawk student Holly Brown decided to take … 0

Jaywalking: Deerslayer Kid

Monday, January 13, 2014

Dylan Fisher had two choices to make as he sighted his black powder gun on the second Friday of the two-week Massachusetts shotgun deer hunting season: left or right. Fisher, a 9-year-old from Northfield, and his dad, Chuck, had been hunting together every day from a familiar stand … 0

Jaywalking: Best of 2013

Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy New Year’s Eve New Year’s Day signs are everywhere. School vacation is winding down, the bowl games are in full swing, and ABC is likely queuing up footage of Dick Clark to bring out as Ryan Seacrest once again sits on the throne made famous by the … 0

Jaywalking: Frozen Mites

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Boston Bruins are not going to be playing on the frozen ice at Fenway Park this season, but some local kids are going to get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. After the success of the 2010 NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park, hockey organizers decided to bring back Frozen … 0