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The late Arthur E. Neipp, who worked as a painter and color consultant at Smith College in Northampton, left a $115,000 bequest to the GCC Foundation for a scholarship fund.

The late Arthur Neipp, who worked as painter and color consultant at Smith College, leaves $115,000 to Greenfield Community College

Friday, June 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The late Arthur E. Neipp, although never able to attend college, ensured that his three children and seven grandchildren were able to do so. And now, with a $115,000 bequest to the GCC Foundation he has created the Neipp Family Scholarship Fund in Math and Nursing, established in memory of his wife, Beverly, and in honor of his children, Jeffrey Neipp, Kathleen O’Rourke and Cynthia Gwosch. GCC President Robert Pura expressed appreciation for this significant gift this week, saying “Arthur Neipp’s commitment to quality and education can be found throughout the Smith College Campus,” where he worked as a painter and color consultant …

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 to complete a state licensure examination to become licensed practical nurses. Once licensed, graduates are …

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 jobs on the project would only be for about 18 months, the pipeline could lead …

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 …

Argotec will close Easthampton plant, shift operations to Greenfield Indusrial Park

Friday, March 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Argotec, a worldwide producer of urethane film, is closing its Easthampton plant and shifting operations to the Greenfield Industrial Park. The company, a producer of high performance thermoplastic polyurethane film and sheet for the international specialty films industry, said it plans to offer new jobs in …

Economic Development Council president cites precision manufacturing as key to region’s success

Friday, February 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — That Richard K. Sullivan Jr. is bullish about the potential of the region’s economy should come as little surprise, since he’s the president and chief executive officer of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. But as a recent top-level official in former governor Deval Patrick’s …

Greenfield and Northampton cooperative banks receive final approvals to merge in April

Friday, February 20, 2015

Greenfield Co-operative Bank and Northampton Cooperative Bank have gotten final government approvals to merge in April. The banks announced Thursday that they have received final regulatory approvals from the Federal Reserve Board and the Massachusetts Division of Banks. The banks will complete the legal merger on April 1. …