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Canning relish at the Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center on Wells Street in Greenfield are Jessica Tudryn Wisniewski and Mary Cichanowicz, in back, putting the labels on Relish The Harvest cans.  Recorder/Paul Franz

Federal grant bears fruit — and vegetables — for community food program

Monday, August 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — A three-year, $284,000 federal grant has yielded a bumper crop of results, agreed all four recipients of the community food program that the money funded. State and federal officials who gathered Wednesday at Just Roots Community Farm and the Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center got to see some of the high-school farm workers hired for the summer, sampled …

Rollover accident on Interstate 91 that injured two drivers remains under investigation

Thursday, August 13, 2015

DEERFIELD — Police continue to investigate a two-car crash that seriously injured two drivers on Interstate 91 in Deerfield. Police said the accident happened shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday, when a 2008 Volkswagen hatchback driven by a 23-year-old man from Vernon, Conn., crossed abruptly into the right lane and struck a 2004 Honda sedan driven by a Greenfield woman. As a result of …

Mechanics work to rebuild Quality Automotive and Indie Automotive after devastating fire in Hatfield

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

HATFIELD — Greg Lawrence is willing to fix cars on the dirt parking lot by the charred remains of his shop, Indie Automotive, while he waits to secure temporary garage space. But thanks to the support of longtime customers and friends, he might not have to wait long. Since a devastating Aug. 5 …

Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program awards certificates to 29 graduates

Friday, June 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The 29 members of the Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program class of 2015 graduated Friday afternoon. The ceremony was held on the main campus for the 23rd graduating class of the 10-month program, which prepares students to become licensed practical nurses. Graduates are now eligible …

Holyoke-based union representing laborers cites impact of job creation by proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. could represent pay dirt for unionized construction workers around western Massachusetts, say two representatives for the Holyoke-based union local representing laborers. Even though the estimated 3,000 …

On the road with a funeral home inspector

Saturday, June 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — Alan Van Tassel knocks on the door of the McCarthy Funeral Home in Greenfield to inspect one of the town’s four funeral homes one sunny morning in May. Owner John Davis answers and is surprised to …

Turners Falls man faces charge of assaulting police officer after traffic stop in Deerfield

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

DEERFIELD — A Turners Falls man faces charges after he allegedly punched a Deerfield officer who pulled him over for driving without a license Tuesday morning. Juan Martinez-Ramos, 27, was arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Greenfield District Court with the help of a Spanish interpreter and pleaded innocent to …

Slovenian professor visits UMass to advocate for creation of World Bee Day

Monday, June 15, 2015

AMHERST — As pollinators across the world — particularly the honey bee — are succumbing to diseases and colony collapses, the government of one bee-loving country is trying to create a day to celebrate their worldwide importance. Janko Božič, a professor of animal behavior and beekeeping at Ljubljana …

Opponents of pipeline and process used by DPU dominate hearing in Greenfield

Friday, June 12, 2015

People who spoke at a three-hour state Department of Public Utilities hearing Thursday night sounded off about the agency’s process itself, in addition to the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., which would …

Public has opportunities to participate in review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, June 12, 2015

As Thursday night’s state Department of Public Utilities hearing in Greenfield demonstrated, there are a variety of ways people can make their voices heard over the planned Tennessee Gas Pipeline project. The DPU review of a long-term supply agreement between the developer of the Northeast Energy Direct project …

Biologist Boyd Kynard an expert on behavior and ecology of shortnose sturgeon in Connecticut River

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Boyd Kynard is an internationally respected scientist, researcher and innovator whose passion is to understand fish behavior, and apply that knowledge to improving the viability of migratory fish species. His target is sturgeon, more specifically here in New …

Greenfield Community College President Robert Pura tells graduates ‘crossing borders is never easy’

Monday, June 8, 2015

GREENFIELD — “Better lies beyond the bullet-riddled fences, and the only way to get there is through a great education.” Growing up in a dangerous section of Kingston, Jamaica, that’s the idea Guinevere Vanhorne’s mother instilled in her …

Baystate Health to lay off 24 employees, eliminate 45 vacant jobs to help close $22 million budget shortfall

Friday, June 5, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Baystate Health is laying off 24 employees and reducing hours for 17 more, all in Springfield and mainly at Baystate Medical Center. The Baystate hospital network includes Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield. “Today’s announcement has to do almost overwhelmingly with Baystate Medical Center and entirely …