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Cash surplus to pay more cops

GREENFIELD — A $3.28 million windfall will allow the town to hire at least two full-time police officers and three or four new employees in the town’s Public Works Department. The state has certified the town’s “free cash” surplus at a record $3,280,402 this year — double what … 0

Sunderland to buy lot with affordable housing in mind

SUNDERLAND — Sunderland will purchase a 2.82-acre lot on North Main Street for $265,000, which it plans to use to shore up the town’s proportion of affordable housing units for seniors. The purchase was approved by voters at a special town meeting Friday night and passed by the … 0

Boston Globe challenges Patriot Care Corp’s application for medical marijuana dispensary

A company that was awarded a medical marijuana dispensary license in Lowell and is vying for licenses in Boston and Greenfield appears to have overstated the scope of its operations at a counseling and research program for HIV and AIDS patients at dispensaries it owns in other cities. … 0

Conway historian to speak on Revolutionary War

CONWAY — On Sept. 21, 1778, Conway’s residents gathered at a special town meeting to settle an unusually important municipal matter: they fired Thomas French, the captain of their local militia. Now, 236 years later, Conway Historical Society President Phil Kantor will host a short lecture on the … 0

  • A cow wanders through a pasture in Leyden on Tuesday. Recorder/Micky Bedell

    A cow wanders through a pasture in Leyden on Tuesday. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • This is a moth, I believe, feeding on flowers on Main Street in Greenfield on Monday.Recorder/Paul Franz

    This is a moth, I believe, feeding on flowers on Main Street in Greenfield on Monday.Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • A farmer in Whately rakes hay into rows to bail on Thursday. Recorder/Paul Franz

    A farmer in Whately rakes hay into rows to bail on Thursday. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • A parking space on Main Street in Greenfield was turned into a temporary park on Friday by local agencies to bring their message of promoting 'Good Works'. Sponsored by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, The Greenfield Solar Challenge, The Greenfield Business Association and the Greenfield Local Cultural Council. Recorder/Paul Franz

    A parking space on Main Street in Greenfield was turned into a temporary park on Friday by local agencies to bring their message of promoting 'Good Works'. Sponsored by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, The Greenfield Solar Challenge, The Greenfield Business Association and the Greenfield Local Cultural Council. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Sharing a laugh for Arlene Clark's 100th birthday on Thursday are her sisters, Mavis Belanger, 95 of Hampstead, NH, Left, and the youngster Jeanne LaBranche, only 89, of York, ME, center.  The former Erving resident was honored by friends and family with songs and cake at Charlene Manor.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    Sharing a laugh for Arlene Clark's 100th birthday on Thursday are her sisters, Mavis Belanger, 95 of Hampstead, NH, Left, and the youngster Jeanne LaBranche, only 89, of York, ME, center. The former Erving resident was honored by friends and family with songs and cake at Charlene Manor. Recorder/Paul Franz

  • Mario Morales cultivates a field of sedum that goes by the name "beach party" for Pioneer Gardens in Deerfield. Recorder/Paul Franz

    Mario Morales cultivates a field of sedum that goes by the name "beach party" for Pioneer Gardens in Deerfield. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Mary Marsh of the Bars Farm in Deerfield collects zenias for the farm stand while out weeding the flower garden on Monday. Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Mary Marsh of the Bars Farm in Deerfield collects zenias for the farm stand while out weeding the flower garden on Monday. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • A portion of the final photo montage created for the current "Chair Dreams" exhibit at the Deerfield Arts Bank on Sugarloaf Street in South Deerfield. The photos by local photographer Anne Taylor depict members of the community and their favorite chairs. The show is up through Oct. 31, openTuesdays, Wednesdays, Friday and Sundays 12 to 6 p.m., and Thursdays 12 to 8 p.m. Recorder/Micky Bedell

    A portion of the final photo montage created for the current "Chair Dreams" exhibit at the Deerfield Arts Bank on Sugarloaf Street in South Deerfield. The photos by local photographer Anne Taylor depict members of the community and their favorite chairs. The show is up through Oct. 31, openTuesdays, Wednesdays, Friday and Sundays 12 to 6 p.m., and Thursdays 12 to 8 p.m. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Joseph Strahan, 9, pins the fire chief’s badge on his father, Robert Strahan, who was officially sworn in as Greenfield’s fire chief on Monday at the Ocean Grill.  
Recorder/Paul Franz

    Joseph Strahan, 9, pins the fire chief’s badge on his father, Robert Strahan, who was officially sworn in as Greenfield’s fire chief on Monday at the Ocean Grill. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Benjamin Newman of New York City wipes away sweat as he attempts to taste samples of hot sauce at the Chili Fest at Mike's Maze in Sunderland on Sunday. Some participants are true chili heads looking for heat and some found the heat overwhelming.
photo courtesy of Geoff Bluh

    Benjamin Newman of New York City wipes away sweat as he attempts to taste samples of hot sauce at the Chili Fest at Mike's Maze in Sunderland on Sunday. Some participants are true chili heads looking for heat and some found the heat overwhelming. photo courtesy of Geoff Bluh

  • Malachi Putnam, 6, helps screw down beams for the new barn behind Hawlemont Regional Elementary School on Saturday. Volunteers will finish off the barn and a new greenhouse over the next two Saturdays.Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Malachi Putnam, 6, helps screw down beams for the new barn behind Hawlemont Regional Elementary School on Saturday. Volunteers will finish off the barn and a new greenhouse over the next two Saturdays.Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Stephen Bechtel, a sixth grade teacher at Hawlemont Regional Elementary School, helps Eric Dean, an active volunteer within the community, screw down supports for the new barn behind the elementary school on Saturday. It, along with a new greenhouse, will be completed over the next two Saturdays. Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Stephen Bechtel, a sixth grade teacher at Hawlemont Regional Elementary School, helps Eric Dean, an active volunteer within the community, screw down supports for the new barn behind the elementary school on Saturday. It, along with a new greenhouse, will be completed over the next two Saturdays. Recorder/Micky Bedell