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Building Owners: Save Money by Saving Energy

Save the Date: Dec. 9

A  workshop for landlords who want to improve energy efficiency and pay less to heat/cool/light their buildings will take place December 9 at 8:30 am at Downtown GCC. Use an energy savings consultant or do it yourself, either way, you can talk with those who have rehabilitated their buildings and cut costs by saving energy. RSVP to Kate if you're coming.

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Come to Taylor's Thursday Night!
After the Franklin County CDC annual meeting and before the Town Council meeting, squeeze an hour or two in at Taylor's to raise a glass and support the GBA's Holiday Lights Program. You'll find celebrity bartenders from Greenfield Savings Bank and Ramon Financial Services pouring drinks, raffles for cash and prizes, and hors d'oeuvres. Grab a friend and come on by!
There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays

Make your plans to be in Greenfield the Saturday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 26, 10-5) for a homecoming like no other!


A usually-packed weekend in Greenfield will be hopping as kids wait to sit on Santa's lap (he arrives at the Arts Block by fire truck at noon) and make an ornament to bring home or give as a gift. Also at the Arts Block, you can buy your wreaths, poinsettias and  limited edition Greenfield ornaments. Enter to win a tree decked with gift certificates, and vote on your favorite decorated store window. One entry will be drawn and the winner will get $100 in Greenfield Dollars to spend at 75 great Greenfield locations. The winning business will get an advertising package from The Recorder and WHAI/Bear Country.


At 3:30, the Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus will assemble at Veterans' Mall and serenade us with songs of the season. And we'll light the town tree at 4:30.


The event falls on The Recorder's discount card day, and several retailers are offering sales to mark Small Business Saturday, so come out early. And if you're a retailer and want to get your gift certificate on the tree, enter the window decorating contest or get your coupons for green eggs into the hands of shoppers, contact Kate at the Chamber (774-2791).

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Hire a Young Person
Ready to hire someone, but don't have the cash to pay them? Want to help Greenfield's youth gain experience and skills? If so, connect with Larry Poirier (774-2986) at the Franklin Hampshire Career Center to employ a Greenfielder age 17 to 21. Working with Mayor Bill Martin, the center pays wages for the workers (except for the first week's pay) for a six- to 14-week period of 10- to 20-hour work weeks. Other conditions apply. Call for details. Toyota of Greenfield helped make this program possible.

We're in this Together
Would you like to have the opportunity to promote your local business and the benefits of shopping at local independent businesses this holiday season, while simultaneously investing in our community?  Pioneer Valley Local First created the Think Local Thank Local effort during the National Buy Local Week (November 25th - December 4th).  Please see the Shift Your Shopping Poster which will be displayed throughout the Pioneer Valley.  To receive posters for your business please contact Jennica at jennica@pvlocalfirst.org. 

Fun Greenfield Events You Won't Want to Miss

Greenfield Winter Farmers' Market - Dec. 3
Expect to find locally grown and produced: root vegetables, onions & garlic, winter squash, cooking greens, jams & jellies, meat, cheese, eggs, honey, apples,potatoes, maple syrup, salad greens, apple cider and so much more. Visit the market's website. Held at Second Congregational Church located on Court Square (next to Greenfield Town Hall) in Greenfield. The first Saturday of the month (Dec.to March). 10 am to 1 pm.

57th Annual Ski & Snowboard Sale - Dec. 9 & 10
To benefit the Greenfield Girl Scouts Troop. Featuring 1500 items, both new and used: alpine skis and boots (entry level to expert); snowboards, boots & bindings; cross country equipment; telemark skis; skates; snowshoes; jackets & pants; goggles & gloves; and helmets. Be early, many are one of a kind items, limited quantities. Held in St. James' Church Hall located at 11 Church Street (corner of Federal & Church Streets) in Greenfield. Friday  6-9 pm. and Saturday 9 am-1 pm.


Welcome to our newest member, Community Health Center of Franklin County!

Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!