Plastic bag ordinance nixed

GREENFIELD — A citizen-proposed ordinance that would ban plastic bags from being used at checkout counters throughout Greenfield may be headed to the voters. Garrett Connelly, a Congress Street resident who is a member of Greening Greenfield, said … 0

State bond bill has money for parking garage, rail service

The state Senate gave its approval Thursday to a five-year, $13 billion transportation bond bill that includes money toward a new commuter rail service between Greenfield, Northampton and Springfield, as well as $5 million toward a new Greenfield parking garage and up to $300 million a year for … 0

Ashfield Selectboard member resigns

ASHFIELD — Selectboard member Paullette Leukhardt, who recently filed Open Meeting Law violation complaints against her own board, has handed in her letter of resignation. It takes effect May 1 — two days before her term was set to expire. In a four-page letter, Leukhardt said fellow board … 0

Council OKs $1.5M for capital projects

GREENFIELD — The town will soon begin repairing sidewalks in the Washington Street area, repairing a school roof and replacing another, purchasing some equipment it needs, repairing and replacing water mains throughout town, and doing the engineering it needs to repair Nashs Mill Road bridge. Town Council has … 0

  • Blue herons build a nest in a swamp in Orange on a recent afternoon.
Mike Philips photo

    Blue herons build a nest in a swamp in Orange on a recent afternoon. Mike Philips photo

  • Shawn Kennedy of the Department of Conservation and Recreation and his coworkers clean up the entrance to Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation in South Deerfield, getting the popular park with a view ready for the season.  (Recorder/Paul Franz)

    Shawn Kennedy of the Department of Conservation and Recreation and his coworkers clean up the entrance to Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation in South Deerfield, getting the popular park with a view ready for the season. (Recorder/Paul Franz) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Lunt baseball fields and factory buildings.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    Lunt baseball fields and factory buildings. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Mohawk Ramblers motorcycle club in the Montague Plains near Lake Pleasant.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    Mohawk Ramblers motorcycle club in the Montague Plains near Lake Pleasant. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • This sculpture sits atop the Mohawk Ramblers clubhouse. 
Recorder/Paul Franz

    This sculpture sits atop the Mohawk Ramblers clubhouse. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • 91 years young Harry Wilcox of Torrington Ct

    91 years young Harry Wilcox of Torrington Ct

  • Participants of the Athol-Orange River Rat Race make a mad dash for the Main Street Bridge after the starting cannon on Saturday.
Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Participants of the Athol-Orange River Rat Race make a mad dash for the Main Street Bridge after the starting cannon on Saturday. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Charlene Manor resident Mary Jo McManus with Clarence. Recorder/Paul Franz

    Charlene Manor resident Mary Jo McManus with Clarence. Recorder/Paul Franz

  • Owen Blanchard, 5, spins leisurely at the playground in Unity Park on Monday.
Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Owen Blanchard, 5, spins leisurely at the playground in Unity Park on Monday. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • A local teen named Victor performs an 'ollie' at Unity Park in Turners Falls on Tuesday.
Recorder/Micky Bedell

    A local teen named Victor performs an 'ollie' at Unity Park in Turners Falls on Tuesday. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Rich Caracciolo and Adam Orth, both of Greenfield, walk the ridge trail between Poet’s Seat and Sachem’s Head in Temple Woods on Sunday afternoon.   Recorder/Paul Franz

    Rich Caracciolo and Adam Orth, both of Greenfield, walk the ridge trail between Poet’s Seat and Sachem’s Head in Temple Woods on Sunday afternoon. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Marilyn Adams knits with friends during a meeting of the New Salem Busy Bs on Wednesday. The group meets every Wednesday, weather permitting, at the Stowell Building from 1:00-3:00 p.m. with upwards of 12 women sometimes attending at once. The women say they come mostly for the people and to catch up on town news -- but sometimes for opinions on or help with knitting, crocheting, quilting or embroidery projects. Ruth Leyton, seen in the background, is known as the group's "master of everything."
Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Marilyn Adams knits with friends during a meeting of the New Salem Busy Bs on Wednesday. The group meets every Wednesday, weather permitting, at the Stowell Building from 1:00-3:00 p.m. with upwards of 12 women sometimes attending at once. The women say they come mostly for the people and to catch up on town news -- but sometimes for opinions on or help with knitting, crocheting, quilting or embroidery projects. Ruth Leyton, seen in the background, is known as the group's "master of everything." Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »