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Colo. man faces charges after online relationship with Orange 12-year-old

GREENFIELD — A Colorado man faces child pornography charges after allegedly developing a relationship with a 12-year-old Orange girl. Daniel Gordon, 23, of Colorado Springs, Colo., pleaded innocent to charges of enticement of a child under age 16, two counts of disseminating obscene matter to a minor and … 0

Health district gets grant for free tick tests

With tick season now in full swing, Franklin County’s Cooperative Public Health Service has launched a free tick test for residents in its 10 member towns, with help from a state grant. The $111,300 Community Innovation Challenge grant will pay for residents of Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, … 0

UMass action shifts focus from protest to support for LGBT students

AMHERST — After a day rethinking their plans, University of Massachusetts students have decided to hold a demonstration in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students on campus Wednesday instead of at a public intersection where they had expected representatives of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church of … 0

Council likely to vote on property ordinance

GREENFIELD — It looks like Town Council will vote tonight on a proposed ordinance that would require all property owners to maintain their properties, at least to the point where they don’t abandon them and let them slip into disrepair, but wouldn’t have so many restrictions that it … 0

  • 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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."
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    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 »

  • Dianne Dragon of Shutesbury soaks in the sun while meditating and waiting for a friend at the Greenfield Cooperative Exchange on Thursday.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    Dianne Dragon of Shutesbury soaks in the sun while meditating and waiting for a friend at the Greenfield Cooperative Exchange on Thursday. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Crystal Niedbala, a sophomore on the Frontier Tennis Team, returns a volley during practice wearing shorts and short-sleeve shirt with a snow pile melting in the background on Thursday.
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    Crystal Niedbala, a sophomore on the Frontier Tennis Team, returns a volley during practice wearing shorts and short-sleeve shirt with a snow pile melting in the background on Thursday. (Recorder/Paul Franz) Purchase photo reprints »

  • A young boy on a Razor scooter joins others in showing off his tricks at Unity Park in Turners Falls on Tuesday.
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    A young boy on a Razor scooter joins others in showing off his tricks at Unity Park in Turners Falls on Tuesday. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Maeve Byrnes, 7, her doll Pheobe and Alexandra Hyrne, 5½, listen to librarian Bonnie Delcamp during Bernardston's Cushman Library story hour on Wednesday. Director Karen Stinchfield said story hour is a decades-long tradition at the library, and attracts a good crowd of kids due to it's 4 to 5 p.m. scheduling. The library tries to offer a variety of programs -- new to their reportoire come April 12 is a LEGO club for children five and up every second Saturday.
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    Maeve Byrnes, 7, her doll Pheobe and Alexandra Hyrne, 5½, listen to librarian Bonnie Delcamp during Bernardston's Cushman Library story hour on Wednesday. Director Karen Stinchfield said story hour is a decades-long tradition at the library, and attracts a good crowd of kids due to it's 4 to 5 p.m. scheduling. The library tries to offer a variety of programs -- new to their reportoire come April 12 is a LEGO club for children five and up every second Saturday. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • The playground on Beacon Field in Greenfield on Wednesday was a popular spot for families to enjoy the warm spring weather and sunshine.
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    The playground on Beacon Field in Greenfield on Wednesday was a popular spot for families to enjoy the warm spring weather and sunshine. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »