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Victim in fatal early morning Friday crash identified

Monday, October 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — A 33-year-old local man was killed in a rollover crash early Friday morning. Ryan Gay was pronounced dead at the scene of a single-car crash on Plain Road, according to Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwestern district attorney’s office. Carey said Gay was the sole occupant of the vehicle. Greenfield Deputy Fire Chief Ed Jarvis said Friday that he arrived on the scene at 5:30 a.m. to find …

Three Franklin County accidents include fatality in Greenfield

Friday, October 2, 2015

There were three major accidents Friday in Franklin County, including an early morning fatality in Greenfield. Greenfield Deputy Fire Chief Ed Jarvis said he arrived at the scene of the accident on Plain Road at 5:30 a.m. to discover the vehicle had rolled over and hit a telephone pole. The driver and sole occupant was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Mary …

Two sets of classes will aid owners of small businesses, entrepreneurs

Sunday, September 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — Owning a small business or directing an entrepreneurial venture is a lot of work. Often, the owner must act as the chief executive, operating, financial and commercial officers all at once, working to manage the company’s day-to-day operations, keeping track of its revenue and expenses and marketing its products or services simultaneously. Next month, the Franklin County Community Development Corp. will …

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 …

Steven Bradley of Pelham resigns suddenly from presidency of Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center President Steven F. Bradley has resigns, leaving to deal with a family emergency, according to the hospital leadership, after just shy of a year at the helm. Dennis W. Chalke, senior vice …

Lifelong activist Nelson remembered in Greenfield

Monday, June 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — Though many of its members have had plenty of experience marching as political activists in the past, the procession that filed down Federal Street Saturday afternoon sought to raise awareness of a different topic: the life …

Stoneleigh-Burnham School student speaker at graduation celebrates diversity of class

Friday, May 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — In her student address at the Stoneleigh-Burnham School graduation Friday, Grace Powers shared a vision she had of her fellow classmates someday running the United Nations. Powers, of Northfield, was one of 28 students from eight …

VA medical center nurse assistant charged with assaulting patient found guilty of unrelated domestic assault

Friday, May 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — A nurse assistant at the Veterans Affairs medical center in Leeds who is accused of assaulting one of his patients in January was found guilty Friday in Greenfield District Court of an unrelated assault charge. Garret C. Crehan, 42, of Ashfield was found guilty of assault …

Workshop Tuesday in Greenfield on federal review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Saturday, May 23, 2015

To help communities in the region plan for the formal federal review process of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, will hold a workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the dining commons at Greenfield Community College. …

Elmer’s Store owner Nan Parati of Ashfield wins Franklin County entrepreneurship award

Friday, May 22, 2015

ASHFIELD — Nan Parati never expected to buy Elmer’s Store when she first came to town for a visit in 2005 from New Orleans — where she also never expected to live for more than 25 years after …

Couple found dead in Greenfield identified as Dennis and Margaret Pekkala

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Northwestern district attorney’s office has identified the couple found dead Wednesday in their 21 Prospect St. apartment as Dennis Pekkala, 54, and Margaret Pekkala, 53. Investigators released no further details Thursday about the circumstances of their deaths. Greenfield police found the two dead in their …

Establishing trust funds one strategy for communities facing millions in unfunded liabilities for retirees’ benefits

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Predictions that unfunded health care expenses for municipal employees when they retire will total in the millions of dollars have prompted some communities to establish trust funds to begin setting aside money toward those costs. But the amounts …

Greenfield Community College eyes Amherst Regional Middle School for courses, programs

Thursday, May 21, 2015

AMHERST — School officials, local politicians and the leadership at Greenfield Community College are all eager to hold community college classes at the Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School as part of a proposal that would move middle school classes …