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Linda Gorey of Greenfield looks at books at World Eye Bookshop last week. When the store was in danger of closing, Gorey, a member of the Greenfield Elks Lodge, applied for a Beacon grant for $2,000 to support the store.

Owner of World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield adjusts to slower sales

Sunday, January 31, 2016

GREENFIELD — Eight months after the owner of World Eye Bookshop on Main Street held a week-long campaign to sell $15,000 worth of merchandise to keep her store from going out of business, she says sales are still slow but she is learning how to adjust. Jessica Mullins celebrated her fifth anniversary last week as owner of the store, which …

Train derails in Deerfield early Sunday

Sunday, January 31, 2016

DEERFIELD — A train derailed in Deerfield at 4 a.m. on Sunday. No spills, leaks or any hazardous materials were reported. Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) reported the incident to the South Deerfield Police, according to Sgt. Michael Krusiewski. Police said train derailment is a common occurrence, but depending on the contents of …

Jail jobs program teaches pizza-making to Franklin County House of Correction inmates

Sunday, January 31, 2016

GREENFIELD — James “JR” Kelley said he’s always been interested in food, and once he’s released from the Franklin County House of Correction, where he’s been serving time for a little more than a year, he’ll leave with a new skill — pizza making. Kelley is among a handful of inmates participating in …

Two Athol men charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with heroin overdose death of Jordan Tarbell

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

ATHOL — The second of two Athol men was arraigned Tuesday in Franklin Superior Court in Greenfield on involuntary manslaughter and drug-related charges in connection with the May heroin overdose death of a third Athol man. Eric Legare, 30, was indicted by a grand jury and pleaded innocent …

Cooperative farming among topics at first Northeast New Farmer Winter Gathering in Greenfield

Monday, December 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — About 150 novice farmers of all ages, races and cultures traveled from various New England states to the Arts Block for the first Northeast New Farmer Winter Gathering during the weekend. The Saturday seminar was filled …

Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge plans to boost ecology, education, recreation

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge is one of the most unique and diverse refuges in the national system. From the remote northern forest of Vermont to the salt marshes of Connecticut, the Conte Refuge …

Turners Falls woman denies charge of motor vehicle homicide in death of bicyclist after Deerfield accident

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

DEERFIELD — The driver in an accident on Routes 5 and 10 that claimed the life of a bicyclist in July has pleaded innocent to a charge of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation. Karen A. Sanders, 68, of Turners Falls, is charged in the death of Chester …

Massachusetts Broadband Institute invites town officials to meeting in Greenfield on WiredWest review

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

GREENFIELD — After asking town officials not to sign on to WiredWest’s current regional plan for “last-mile” high-speed broadband in rural towns, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute has invited town officials to a meeting Monday to hear more information about its WiredWest review. That meeting will be held in …

Northampton teacher Rod Hart raises scrutiny about Confederate flag in Greenfield police sergeant’s garage

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — JFK Middle School teacher Rod Hart has found himself having discussions about police brutality with his son, Hugh, at a younger age than he had hoped. He said that though he does not often put on …

Owners of The Country Jeweler in Greenfield plan to retire, seek buyer

Monday, November 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — After more than 40 years in business, the owners of The Country Jeweler on the corner of Main and Chapman streets have decided to retire. Larry and Donna Pfeffer said they will retire early next year. …

Greenfield rabbi helps Israelis, Palestinians to hear one another

Sunday, November 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is, in fact, indicative of more than one set of issues. And there are no simple answers, beyond the need for intensive, compassionate listening. Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener, who became spiritual leader of Greenfield’s …

Deerfield man faces drug, gun charges after search of storage unit in Greenfield yields weapons, prescription pills

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Deerfield man was arraigned on drug and gun charges in Greenfield District Court on Wednesday after state police say they found stolen guns and prescription pills in a storage unit he rented in Greenfield. Jerry L. Jones, 71, of 642 Greenfield Road, Deerfield, was charged …

Lawyer John Stobierski has unique perspective on child sexual abuse by Catholic priests portrayed in ‘Spotlight’

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — If anyone has no need to see “Spotlight” — a movie about the Boston Globe’s 2002 investigation of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests — it’s probably John Stobierski, a Greenfield lawyer who has more or …