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Back from battling western wildfires

MONTAGUE — Two firefighters from Montague were among a crew of 20 that returned home Wednesday after battling blazes in Oregon for the past two weeks. Walker Korby and Ezra Ward worked alongside eight other municipal firefighters and … 0

Whately will ask voters for money to fix historic window

WHATELY — When a microburst tore through southern Franklin County last month, it broke more than tree branches and power lines, according to Whately Town Administrator Mark Pruhenski: one of the Palladian-style windows on the facade of Whately’s … 0

Report to FERC details Deerfield’s archaeological value

DEERFIELD — The commissioner of the Deerfield Historical Commission and the director of Historic Deerfield have submitted a report to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission raising concerns about how the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. natural gas pipeline could affect archaeological sites along its route. The report, authored by … 0

West County Notebook

Buckland questions Mohawk pre-school costs tonight BUCKLAND — Changing the Mohawk Trail Regional School District agreement to include Mohawk’s new preschool program will be discussed tonight, at the 7 p.m. meeting of the Mohawk School Committee. Buckland’s Board of Selectmen have questioned the legality of putting it into … 0

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  • A man plays a hole at The Meadows golf course in Greenfield Wednesday evening, August 26. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

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  • Second graders' feet don't quite touch the ground as they sit quietly in a Deerfield Elementary School classroom on Thursday. It was the first day of school for grades 1 through 6 in Deerfield. Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Second graders' feet don't quite touch the ground as they sit quietly in a Deerfield Elementary School classroom on Thursday. It was the first day of school for grades 1 through 6 in Deerfield. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • A man carrying pizzas walks through a pocket of the setting sun on Court Square in Greenfield, Tuesday evening. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

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  • Playing pitch at the South County Senior Center in South Deerfield on Wednesday are Steve Perkins of South Deerfield, Richard Petrauskas of South Deerfield, Jerry Sheehan of Conway and Donat Charest of Conway.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    Playing pitch at the South County Senior Center in South Deerfield on Wednesday are Steve Perkins of South Deerfield, Richard Petrauskas of South Deerfield, Jerry Sheehan of Conway and Donat Charest of Conway. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Fog hovers over downtown Greenfield, seen from Poet's Seat Tower Tuesday morning. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

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  • A boy drops into the Connecticut River from the bridge connecting Cabot Camp and Dorsey Road in Erving as another boy ascends a rope swing Tuesday July 21. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

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  • A bee pollinates a flowering water plant in Wendell. Recorder/Paul Franz

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  • Local artist Donna Horn waits atop her homemade, three-eyed, rolling elephant sculpture, anxiously awaiting the start of the Wendell Old Home Day parade Saturday. Recorder/David Rainville

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  • Molly Gore of Monroe, working for Zoar Outdoor, paddle boards with a student on the Harriman Reservoir in Wilmington, Vt. 
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    Molly Gore of Monroe, working for Zoar Outdoor, paddle boards with a student on the Harriman Reservoir in Wilmington, Vt. Recorder/Diane Broncaccio Purchase photo reprints »

  • Darren and Noel Labrecque of Greenfield enjoy the day on a shady bench in Rocky Mountain Park in Greenfield on Thursday. Recorder/Paul Franz

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  • Fog settles over the Connecticut River at the French King Bridge in Gill. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

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  • Black-eyed-susans fill a field blanketed in fog at the Northfield Mountain Recreation and and Environmental Center early Tuesday morning, August 18. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

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Letter: Protect our land, rights

Massachusetts has a law that requires gas companies to fix leaks in their aging pipelines all over the state. If you look...(full comment)

Letter: Protect our land, rights