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Deaf Outdoor Leadership Program student Lauren Sprague rappels down to fellow student Peter Botsford who is playing the stuck climber in need of rescuing.  Recorder/Paul Franz

Greenfield Community College aims for inclusion with deaf students in Outdoor Leadership Program

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — Sliding down an anchored rope, Lauren Sprague of Grafton rappelled down a tall tree behind Greenfield Community College to Peter Botsford, who was hung up, swinging in the air. In moments, Sprague attached Botsford to her harness and the two descended to the ground together. A perfect rescue. Sprague is a student in GCC’s Outdoor Leadership Program, learning the skills to complete certification in rock climbing, white water canoeing, challenge course and sea kayaking so she can start her own school program for youngsters. She is also deaf. The one-year leadership program is Sprague’s first experience learning with hearing students, a challenge she …

Hampshire Regional’s Brandon Weyant shuts down Greenfield in much-anticipated rematch

Friday, April 24, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — Hampshire Regional pitcher Brandon Weyant took Friday afternoon’s matchup against Greenfield as a personal challenge. In last year’s meeting, Weyant dueled with former Green Wave star Garrett Hudson and lost 1-0 in eight innings. The junior right-hander allowed a single run again Friday but came out on the winning side of …

Greenfield man sentenced to three years in state prison on heroin charges

Thursday, April 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Greenfield man caught dealing heroin on camera was sentenced this week to three years in state prison. Dwight Belisle, 47, was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Mary-Lou Rup on Tuesday to three years in state prison on a charge of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and given credit for 272 days served while awaiting trial. Belisle had pleaded …

July trial expected for James Ainsworth, accused in deaths of Edward and Brittany McGrath

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The July trial of James W. Ainsworth, who is accused of driving while high on heroin and causing the deaths of a father and daughter, can continue on schedule after Ainsworth on Tuesday withdrew his request …

Chicopee man wanted for alleged assault in Hatfield arraigned in Greenfield

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Chicopee man wanted on assault charges in Hampshire County faces drug and weapon charges in Greenfield District Court after Greenfield Police allegedly found him on Armory Street with a baseball bat, an active warrant, and heroin and cocaine in his girlfriend’s nearby car. At his …

Donation of $60,000 to establish nursing scholarship at Greenfield Community College

Thursday, April 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Community College Foundation annual fund drive moved closer to its $800,000 goal this week when Greenfield resident Howard Ahlskog donated $60,000 in memory of his wife, a local hospital nurse for 27 years. Ahlskog wants the Foundation to establish a new nursing scholarship in …

No layoffs or office closings planned as result of cooperative banks’ merger

Friday, April 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — No layoffs or office closings are planned now that the Greenfield Cooperative Bank and Northampton Cooperative Bank have completed their merger. “Greenfield Cooperative Bank and Northampton Cooperative Bank have officially joined forces with the primary objective of being the best community bank in the Pioneer Valley …

New president of Greenfield Savings Bank pledges to remain ‘committed to the community’

Friday, April 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — Other than having “Green” as part of its hometown name — never a bad color to associate with banking — Greenfield Savings Bank’s new president said there are big differences between the 150-year-old Franklin County financial …

Greenfield hires owner of Lake Hitchcock Development as temporary, part-time economic development director

Thursday, March 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The owner of a development firm in Sunderland is the new part-time economic development director in Greenfield who will work for the next three months. Mayor William Martin said Larry Jutras, owner of Lake Hitchcock Development in Sunderland, has taken the job and will work on …

Great Falls Equine veterinarian makes house calls within 45 miles of Gill

Sunday, March 22, 2015

GILL — Stephanie Vassar started out on a medical school track — but today her exam room is 90 miles wide and her patients are furry. The 28-year-old Gill veterinarian opened Great Falls Equine in March and makes …

Governor’s task force hears that long-term treatment needed to battle opioids

Thursday, March 19, 2015

GREENFIELD — State Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders and other members of the governor’s Opioid Crisis Working Group heard three hours of testimony Thursday on the western Massachusetts stop of their listening tour. The group by …

Juanita Nelson, lifelong activist and mentor to many, dies at age 91

Monday, March 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — Juanita Nelson, an ardent pacifist, war tax resister, civil rights activist and supporter of local, organic agriculture, died peacefully Monday at Poet’s Seat Health Care Center following a period of declining health. She was 91. Nelson, …

Amherst College professor addresses challenges faced by ex-prisoners seeking to lead productive lives

Saturday, March 7, 2015

GREENFIELD — A prisoner’s punishment does not end with his release. “People’s opportunities are fundamentally impaired by their involvement in the criminal justice system,” said Kristin Bumiller, a professor of political science at Amherst College. Bumiller is also an “inside-out” instructor at the Hampshire County House of Correction …