Pioneer trims budget request

NORTHFIELD — Although the Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s revised budget calls for a less than 1 percent increase, dropoffs in outside revenue and shifting assessments would translate to an increase of nearly 8 percent for one district town. The revised $14.34 million budget represents a cut from … 0

Gill man ID’d as victim in Warwick ATV accident

WARWICK — A 28-year-old Gill man lost his life in Sunday’s all-terrain vehicle accident when his ATV struck a utility pole on East Wilson Road. Ryan E. Gauthier, 28, of North Cross Road died Sunday as the result of injuries from an ATV accident, according to Kostanski Funeral … 0

Orange supt. offers more details on grad rates

ORANGE — Mahar Regional School Superintendent Tari N. Thomas says the school’s overall graduation rate gives a misleading picture. Thomas says there are three programs that serve high-school-age students in Orange and they have very different graduation rates. … 0

Neighbors: French musical at Arts Block

Hello neighbor. If you’re looking for something fun to do next weekend, or the following one, head to the Arts Block on Main Street in Greenfield for the French musical, “Irma la Douce,” which will be performed by Arena Civic Theatre on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday … 0

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  • Major, a Great Dane rescue belonging to Patty West of Greenfield, at right, looks even bigger that he is with a low camera angle while out for a walk in Leyden on Saturday.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    Major, a Great Dane rescue belonging to Patty West of Greenfield, at right, looks even bigger that he is with a low camera angle while out for a walk in Leyden on Saturday. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Ted Moser of Greenfield casts a fly fishing rod during a free fly fishing lesson offered by Overwatch Outpost in Charlemont Saturday morning, taught by Tom Zemianek. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

    Ted Moser of Greenfield casts a fly fishing rod during a free fly fishing lesson offered by Overwatch Outpost in Charlemont Saturday morning, taught by Tom Zemianek. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

  • Candy Guastamachio, Kerby Lovallo, John Coburn and Bob Castillo, and Dave Loda, all members of the Nathan Hale Ancient Fife and Drums Corps march to the History Workshop Field on opening day of Historic Deerfield Saturday afternoon. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

    Candy Guastamachio, Kerby Lovallo, John Coburn and Bob Castillo, and Dave Loda, all members of the Nathan Hale Ancient Fife and Drums Corps march to the History Workshop Field on opening day of Historic Deerfield Saturday afternoon. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

  • The Quabbin Reservoir was not quite full at the time of this photo, which revealed miles of shore line to walk along, such as this peninsula accessed from Gate 29. 
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    The Quabbin Reservoir was not quite full at the time of this photo, which revealed miles of shore line to walk along, such as this peninsula accessed from Gate 29. (Recorder/Paul Franz) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Mike Barry of Greenfield paints the front door and  porch of The Deerfield Inn in Old Deerfield. Recorder/Paul Franz

    Mike Barry of Greenfield paints the front door and porch of The Deerfield Inn in Old Deerfield. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Students play soccer on the grass out side of the main Greenfield Community College building on a sunny Wednesday. Recorder/Paul Franz

    Students play soccer on the grass out side of the main Greenfield Community College building on a sunny Wednesday. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Brianna Cooley of Greenfield reflects the Holy Trinity Church in her mirrored sunglasses as she has lunch outside Green Fields Market with a friend. (Recorder/Paul Franz)

    Brianna Cooley of Greenfield reflects the Holy Trinity Church in her mirrored sunglasses as she has lunch outside Green Fields Market with a friend. (Recorder/Paul Franz) Purchase photo reprints »

  • A spring peeper is temporarily detained for a photograph before being returned to a vernal pool in Temple Woods in Greenfield on Sunday.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    A spring peeper is temporarily detained for a photograph before being returned to a vernal pool in Temple Woods in Greenfield on Sunday. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Canoeists competing in the 52nd annual River Rat Race collide as they squeeze under the Main Street bridge in Athol after the commencement of the race was signified with the firing of a canon. The race proceeds down the Millers River to Orange. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

    Canoeists competing in the 52nd annual River Rat Race collide as they squeeze under the Main Street bridge in Athol after the commencement of the race was signified with the firing of a canon. The race proceeds down the Millers River to Orange. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

  • Cloth draped around a wooden cross blows in the wind on the lawn of the First United Methodist Church in Greenfield Easter morning. 
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    Cloth draped around a wooden cross blows in the wind on the lawn of the First United Methodist Church in Greenfield Easter morning. (Recorder/Matt Burkhartt) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Yosl Kurland of Colrain, Peggy Davis of Colrain and Michael Hurwitz of Greenfield take sips of wine during a reading from the Haggadah at Temple Israel's Passover Seder meal Sunday in Greenfield. 
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    Yosl Kurland of Colrain, Peggy Davis of Colrain and Michael Hurwitz of Greenfield take sips of wine during a reading from the Haggadah at Temple Israel's Passover Seder meal Sunday in Greenfield. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

  • Tristan Hobbs, 2, and his sister Aylin Hobbs 3 1/2, both of Whately, sit in a gazebo at the S. Dickinson Memorial Library in Whately Saturday. Wendy Peppercorn, the director of the library organized the event which included a reading of a story, music, dancing, and an Easter egg hunt outside. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

    Tristan Hobbs, 2, and his sister Aylin Hobbs 3 1/2, both of Whately, sit in a gazebo at the S. Dickinson Memorial Library in Whately Saturday. Wendy Peppercorn, the director of the library organized the event which included a reading of a story, music, dancing, and an Easter egg hunt outside. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

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