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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 …

Area business briefs

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Spa holds opening celebration in Florence FLORENCE — Simply Serenity @ Franki’s, a spa and salon at 40 Main St., will hold a grand opening celebration at 1 p.m. May 23, with refreshments and face-painting and balloons for …

Traprock recognizes community service by youths with Peacemaker Awards

Friday, May 15, 2015

GREENFIELD — Traprock Center for Peace and Justice Director Sarah Pirtle said the Peacemaker Awards recognize not only the students, but also the families, teachers and mentors who help and inspire them to do good things. “We look …

Aaron Stark of Deerfield sentenced to jail for vehicular homicide in 2013 that killed Montague woman

Thursday, May 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — Guilty of vehicular homicide that claimed the life of an 83-year-old motorist, Aaron Stark was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs Tuesday after Judge Edward McDonough sentenced the young Deerfield man to 2½ years in the Franklin County House of Correction, one year to be …

Co-op Power Energy Cooperative needs to raise final $850,000 to complete biodiesel factory in Greenfield

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The member-owned co-op that is trying to build a $4.2 million biodiesel factory in the Greenfield Industrial Park is racing toward a June 1 deadline on construction bids to raise what it says is the final $850,000 for the project that has been in the works for more …

State Rep. Ellen Story chief House sponsor of Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Friday, May 8, 2015

Proponents of a bill now making its way through the Legislature aim to strengthen the rights of pregnant workers. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would require employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers. Proponents say existing protections …

Music community mourns loss of Alchemystics drummer Todd “Demse” Zullo and roadie Brian “Budzy” White

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

On Sunday, a car accident in Westfield that killed Brian “Budzy” White, a close friend and roadie of the band the Alchemystics, sent shock waves through the local reggae and hip-hop community. The accident also critically injured the …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …