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Workplace support can save lives for people in recovery
06-13-2023 4:55 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GREENFIELD — The most effective treatment for substance use disorder doesn’t come from friends and family alone. Rather, it starts in the workplace. With various barriers to workforce reentry for those in recovery blocking this powerful resource, the...


MassHire Franklin Hampshire on Munson St.
06-11-2023 1:47 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD – MassHire Franklin Hampshire is settling into its new digs, having moved from Arch Place to the Greenfield Corporate Center at the end of May.The quasi-governmental agency connecting workers with employers opened to customers at 101 Munson...


State expected to provide funds for school cellphone bans
05-30-2023 9:42 AM

By MAX BOWEN AND MARY BYRNE

The state’s K-12 education department is encouraging districts to restrict or ban students’ cellphone use in schools, possibly moving toward a statewide mandate in the future.Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Commissioner Jeffrey...


Athol real estate agent makes appearance on “House Hunters”
05-26-2023 5:42 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL — Olivia Paras got to see one of her favorite shows from a different angle when she joined HGTV’s “House Hunters.”The episode, “Family Basecamp in Massachusetts,” aired on May 17, and Paras, who works as a realtor at LAER Realty Partners in...


With $25K grant, LifePath helps veterans age in place
05-26-2023 4:54 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — The homes of at least 10 local veterans will be repaired or modified by the end of 2023, thanks to a $25,000 grant from Meals on Wheels America with support from The Home Depot Foundation.LifePath, a nonprofit that provides programs and...


Belief in a better world: Students recognized for making positive change with Peacemaker Awards 
05-22-2023 4:33 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — For their work in raising awareness about the climate crisis, creating safe spaces for LGBTQ+ students and educating middle schoolers, 21 area students were honored with Peacemaker Awards last Thursday evening.The Interfaith Council of...


Sixth Athol kidnapping suspect pleads not guilty in Superior Court
05-21-2023 4:00 PM

GREENFIELD – The final of six North Quabbin residents facing charges of kidnapping and other crimes stemming from an alleged Feb. 1 incident was arraigned in Franklin County Superior Court this week after his case was transferred from Orange District...


Greenfield residents, senator advocate for home equity bill
05-11-2023 4:47 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

BOSTON — At least three Greenfield residents and the state senator representing 25 communities in Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester counties have submitted testimony to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary to express support for a bill that would...


Officials testify in support of regional health bill
05-08-2023 4:43 PM

By MARY BYRNE

Local officials from across the Pioneer Valley testified at the State House on Thursday in support of a bill seeking to improve the local and regional public health system.Legislators held a Joint Committee on Public Health hearing Thursday morning...


Panel at Greenfield Community College looks at gun law reform
05-07-2023 5:00 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD – Views from across the spectrum were aired at Greenfield Community College Tuesday evening as part of the third installment of the Legislature’s panel discussion and listening tour on gun laws.“We have a strong network of laws that...


Not guilty plea entered for kidnapping charges
05-05-2023 4:59 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD – A man facing charges of kidnapping and other crimes stemming from an alleged Feb. 1 incident was arraigned Friday afternoon in Franklin County Superior Court, where his case has been transferred due to its severity.Brian A. Chamberland,...


Four suspects in kidnapping case arraigned
05-01-2023 6:15 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD – Four of six North Quabbin residents facing charges of kidnapping and other crimes stemming from an alleged Feb. 1 incident were arraigned Monday afternoon in Franklin County Superior Court, where their cases have been transferred from...


Franklin County Law Day extols ‘cornerstones of democracy’
05-01-2023 5:27 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — The local sheriff and the U.S. magistrate judge assigned to Springfield served as panelists Monday morning for a discussion about the justice system and the “workings of government” before dozens of local students and the public....


Franklin Chamber highlights community partnerships
04-30-2023 5:00 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD – Collaboration is the name of the business game in Franklin County, and the Chamber of Commerce’s monthly breakfast Friday morning highlighted some community partners that can help businesses of any stage and type get their feet underneath...


Perkins Library expands access to Western Mass
04-24-2023 4:12 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GREENFIELD — Northfield senior Jinx Hastings wants to read again.Hastings is among the Franklin County residents whose declining vision hinders her from enjoying books and newspapers like she used to: she can only read a few enlarged words at a time...


Community Action’s tax prep program rewards volunteers
04-07-2023 5:10 PM

By Maddie Fabian

NORTHAMPTON — Dane Kuttler, one of about 30 people who volunteer for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program run by Community Action Pioneer Valley, thinks doing taxes is fun. More than that, she loves helping low-income taxpayers in the...


Officials discuss improvements to state school aid
04-07-2023 5:04 PM

By MARY BYRNE

Education advocates met remotely with area legislators and state officials to begin a conversation on what is and isn’t when it comes to state funding for public education.“If we love our children the way we say we do, and we think education is the...


Education advocates call for better state funding formula
04-03-2023 4:22 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — With school districts across Massachusetts grappling with the reality of state funding falling short of expenses, local education advocates are hoping to raise awareness around the issue while also advocating for a better funding formula....


New Salem officer facing OUI charge on probation until 2024
03-29-2023 4:59 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — The case of a New Salem Police Officer facing a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol has been continued without a finding until next year after the defendant admitted the prosecution has sufficient facts to prove his...


Healey budget supports community college costs
03-09-2023 4:30 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — As part of her fiscal year 2024 budget proposal, Gov. Maura Healey hopes to fund a new program that would make nearly 1.8 million residents eligible to receive “last dollar support” for a community college education. “I think this would...

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