Local News Roundup

About 200 nurses are planning to go on strike at the Greenfield hospital April 11, more than 3,000 people marched in the Valley for gun control, and 71 acres of farmland were permanently protected from development.

Donna Stern is a nurse at the Greenfield hospital, which is owned by Baystate Corporation. “Our nurses, our community members, the federal government, and independent organizations have for years identified patient care problems at our hospital,” she said. “Baystate itself has acknowledged the problems, but refuses to solve them. Our nurses will not back down from trying to improve patient care."

More information about the Greenfield nurses’ strike is at:


The nurses have a web site at www.MassNurses.org.

Baystate pays its CEO about $1.5 million a year.

On March 24, more than 2,000 people marched for gun control in Northampton; about 500 attended a rally in Keene for the same issue; about 400 marched in Springfield; and in Putney, Vermont, about 100 people attended a rally. Putney is about 10 minutes from Brattleboro by car.

On March 15, the Vermont Land Trust announced it had saved 71 acres of farmland from development in Vernon, Vermont. Vernon borders Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The USA is losing about 6,000 acres of open space every day.


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