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My Turn: Authoritarian demagogues are not good for you
06-13-2024 7:23 PM

By DANIEL A. BROWN

 In the spring of 1945, as his “1,000-year” Reich was collapsing, Adolf Hitler issued a draconian order called the “Nero Decree.” In effect, it would utterly destroy Germany’s remaining infrastructures, cities, ports and transportation hubs. The...

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Todd Damon: A crisis of dad-deprived, vulnerable children
06-13-2024 7:22 PM

Father’s Day is upon us once again, recognized the third Sunday in June since 1910. Father’s Day is a time for people to celebrate the influence fathers had on their families and for children to show appreciation. Unfortunately, many children will be...


Marian Kelner: Messages received when doing yardwork
06-13-2024 7:22 PM

Work with what isDisentangleClear a pathMake spaceLimit the colonizersEncourage the sharing of spaceCreate healthy boundariesFree the restrictedBring the dead respectfully to a resting placeCultivate different perspectivesFocus and consider...


Lew La Chance: Life is worth living
06-13-2024 7:22 PM

Many people like to watch the children run about and play without a care in the world. In the movie, “The Tea House of the August Moon,” a story of Okinawa, Post World War II, they sit quietly and contemplate the day, when the sun goes down.A man came...


GCC union taking vote of no confidence in president, provost
06-13-2024 6:59 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Community College Professional Association, the college’s faculty and staff union, is currently engaged in a vote of no confidence in President Michelle Schutt and Provost Chet Jordan, claiming that the leaders swept a...


Relay For Life of Franklin County looks to raise $100K for cancer research in 29th year
06-13-2024 4:14 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

GREENFIELD — Twenty-three years ago, Janet Seredejko’s aunt Marilyn O’Brien started a team to participate in the annual Relay For Life of Franklin County. Though O’Brien has since died from cancer, her family has continued the team, called the Johnson...


Volunteering is in his blood: Four Rivers grad recognized with Young Community Leader Award
06-13-2024 4:12 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — To say that Sam Whitney likes to play sports might be something of an understatement.At the Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield, where Whitney graduated this spring, he played soccer, basketball, and the school’s signature...


Colrain student leads local branch of Student Painters
06-13-2024 11:39 AM

By GRACE LEE

GREENFIELD — After a representative from the Young Entrepreneurs Across America organization came to speak to Josiah Crosier’s college class, the Greenfield High School graduate was inspired to get involved with Student Painters and has since...


Greenfield city councilors seek more transparency on GCET spending
06-12-2024 7:09 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Before Mayor Ginny Desorgher allocates the remaining $400,000 of the $1,035,000 in American Rescue Plan Act money that the former mayor promised to Greenfield Community Energy and Technology, city councilors met with GCET officials at...


Locals share successes in wake of 10% drop in fatal overdoses statewide
06-12-2024 6:04 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — As newly released data shows 2023 saw the largest decline in opioid-related overdose deaths in 13 years, members of the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region shared their successes with representatives from the...


Poetry contest thank you
06-12-2024 5:46 PM

The Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest celebrated its 33rd year with a ceremony at Greenfield Public Library on April 23 where 19 poems from Franklin County residents were presented to a record crowd of enraptured poetry lovers. Hearing the finalists’...


Hearing held in Greenfield for local woman’s judgeship
06-12-2024 4:45 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — A Greenfield woman is likely a few weeks away from becoming a judge after she received rave reviews at a public hearing held in her hometown.In May, Alexandra Flanders, a judicial case manager, was nominated by Gov. Maura Healey to be an...


Greenfield Notebook: June 13, 2024
06-12-2024 2:47 PM

Native American vocal music, jazz fusion take center stage GREENFIELD –- The LAVA Center at 324 Main St. will host live music with Lee Mixashawn Rozie and Nina Gross on Thursday, June 13, at 7 p.m.Rozie, who holds a degree in history and...


Sounds Local: Where there is celebration there is music: Saturday’s Franklin County Pride Fest will be full of great live music
06-12-2024 2:27 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

This upcoming weekend is a big one for music fans with many choices to be had from the opening of the Mohawk Trail Concert series on Sunday afternoon to the a birthday party for Robin Lane at Flood Water Brewing in Shelburne Falls on Sunday at 7...


PHOTOS: A taste of Puerto Rican culture
06-12-2024 10:08 AM


Marcel LaFlamme: Weigh in on cultural programs
06-12-2024 9:51 AM

This year, the Greenfield Local Cultural Council has awarded almost $20,000 in state funding to support public programs that contribute to the cultural vitality of our community. From Winter Carnival and Franklin County Pride to over 50 smaller events...


Greenfield Notebook: June 12, 2024
06-11-2024 7:13 PM

Library hosting Pride Book Show-and-TellGREENFIELD — The Greenfield Public Library and Imaginary Bookshop are holding a Pride Book Show-and-Tell on Thursday, June 20, at 5:15 p.m. at the library.Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite book by...


Wendell group gives Comerford petition seeking pause on large-scale battery storage systems
06-11-2024 6:45 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Moments before state Sen. Jo Comerford’s Town Hall event at Greenfield Community College on Monday, members of a citizens group that was formed last year in opposition to a proposed battery storage facility in Wendell handed the state...


Draft bridge designs shared for $54M project in Montague
06-11-2024 6:22 PM

By ERIN-LEIGH HOFFMAN

MONTAGUE – Town officials got an early look Monday at draft designs for a $54 million bridge replacement project that is expected to begin in the spring of 2027.The mass replacement, to be overseen by the state Department of Transportation, will...


Greenfield native to debut novel ‘Swift River,’ appear on Today Show
06-11-2024 4:45 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Author and television producer Essie Chambers, from Greenfield, will appear on the Today Show later this month to discuss her debut novel “Swift River,” which Today Show personality Jenna Bush Hager selected as her June 2024 “Read With...


Franklin County CDC celebrates 45 years in Greenfield
06-11-2024 11:15 AM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

GREENFIELD — The success of small businesses took the spotlight last week as part of a block party in honor of the Franklin County Community Development Corporation’s 45th anniversary.“We’ve worked with thousands of people over 45 years, so we’re just...

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