Greenfield Notebook: June 17, 2019

  • Precinct 6 Greenfield City Councilor Sheila Gilmour, who is running for mayor, has been endorsed by Greenfield’s Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Sarah Campbell and Shari Strahan will speak about Gen. Charles Pomeroy Stone, a Greenfield native and Civil War soldier, during an event at the Greenfield Historical Society, 43 Church St. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Published: 6/17/2019 10:37:40 AM
FCCPR endorses Sheila Gilmour for mayor

GREENFIELD — After considering the candidate responses and comparing them to the recently published Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution (FCCPR) political platform, the Greenfield membership voted to endorse Precinct 6 City Councilor Sheila Gilmour for mayor.

“We were particularly struck by Councilor Gilmour’s plans for reviewing city staffing needs and her interest in working closely with the FRCOG on regional issues,” said David Cohen, FCCPR Greenfield chairman. “We also were impressed with her ideas for bringing new businesses to Greenfield, her commitment to expanding public transportation, and her approach to housing for both those who are homeless and those that are finding it difficult to find affordable and appropriate housing.”

“We believe that Sheila Gilmour will bring new energy and vision to Greenfield at an important time in Greenfield’s development,” stated Patti Williams, another Greenfield member of FCCPR. “I believe that she will provide the leadership needed to truly make our city welcoming to everyone regardless of racial or ethnic background, and will support affirmative action in city hiring. These are essential as Greenfield develops over these next four years.”

Greenfield FCCPR will soon be interviewing City Council and School Committee candidates interested in the FCCPR endorsement. Those endorsements will be made public as soon as all interviews have been completed and the Greenfield membership has had the opportunity to review and vote on the results of those discussions.

Task force launches social norms campaign

GREENFIELD — Mayor William Martin’s Task Force on Domestic Violence is launching a social norms campaign, which will involve a short survey to be distributed to Greenfield residents over a four-month period from June through September.

According to Greenfield press release, a social norms marketing campaign is based on the notion that people’s behavior is influenced by their perceptions of what they perceive as “normal” or “typical.” However, oftentimes, people misperceive the typical behaviors or attitudes of their peers.

The campaign seeks to survey the community to identify common community perceptions about domestic violence. The goal is to understand how Greenfield residents define and respond to domestic abuse, and to learn if community members know where to go for help. Survey results will be used as the foundation for future community education and outreach in Greenfield.

Copies of the survey will be located in various locations throughout Greenfield, including the library and City Hall. It can also be accessed electronically at:

Local historians to discuss Civil War general

GREENFIELD — Sarah Campbell and Shari Strahan will speak about Gen. Charles Pomeroy Stone, a Greenfield native and Civil War soldier, during an event at the Greenfield Historical Society, 43 Church St., at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Stone was born in 1824 and was a West Point graduate. During the Civil War, he led the Army of the Potomac, and later was known as the “First Civil War Soldier.”

His career, which covered many places in the U.S. including California, was full of ups and downs. It also involved work abroad, including both Egypt and Mexico. He was a Grand Marshall in the Statue of Liberty celebratory parade.

Campbell is a local historian and educator; Strahan is her research partner.


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