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Flash (freeze) forward: New food processing center equipment better for produce flavor, nutrients and — hopefully — sales

It’s that time of year when broccoli, peppers and carrots are coming forth, and the Franklin County Food Processing Center is freezing vegetables from area farms for colleges, schools and other institutions around the region. And now, the Greenfield center’s long-awaited quick-freeze equipment is being prepared, to make … 0

Whately selectmen pass anti-drone resolution

WHATELY — Whately has become the latest western Massachusetts town to publicly oppose the unrestricted use of drone aircraft within its boundaries. The Board of Selectmen voted at its last meeting to adopt a nonbinding resolution opposing activity by drones within town that it says would violate personal … 0

In letter, MassDEP seeks to refute Whately’s ‘obstructionist’ charges

WHATELY — After being labeled “obstructionists” by the Board of Selectmen earlier this month, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s western regional office has sent a letter to the town of Whately in an attempt to set the … 0

Quick reaction call stops Greenfield porch fire

GREENFIELD — A passing truck driver with a cellphone and a second-floor tenant with a garden hose kept an early Friday morning apartment building porch fire from becoming a danger to the sleeping people inside. Greenfield Fire Department … 0

  • A sunflower reaches into the light of the late afternoon sun by Turners Falls High School. 
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    A sunflower reaches into the light of the late afternoon sun by Turners Falls High School. (Recorder/Micky Bedell) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Petru Chicerman shoots the ball during a practice drill with the Greenfield boys' soccer team behind the high school Wednesday afternoon. Next week, the annual fall sports schedule will begin at local venues. 
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    Petru Chicerman shoots the ball during a practice drill with the Greenfield boys' soccer team behind the high school Wednesday afternoon. Next week, the annual fall sports schedule will begin at local venues. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • First-graders Aryannah Boltz-Thurman, Hannah Phillips and Lindsey Taylor check out herbs growing in the pizza garden at the first day of school at Hawlemont in Charlemont. 
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    First-graders Aryannah Boltz-Thurman, Hannah Phillips and Lindsey Taylor check out herbs growing in the pizza garden at the first day of school at Hawlemont in Charlemont. (Recorder/Paul Franz) Purchase photo reprints »

  • A pair canoes across Pelham Lake in Rowe on Wednesday. Recorder/Micky Bedell

    A pair canoes across Pelham Lake in Rowe on Wednesday. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Goalie Meredith Townsley, Mackenzie Griffin, Olivia Rowe and Ameilia Pelletier watch as Emily Geser smacks the ball towards goal during a drill at Pioneer on Tuesday. Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Goalie Meredith Townsley, Mackenzie Griffin, Olivia Rowe and Ameilia Pelletier watch as Emily Geser smacks the ball towards goal during a drill at Pioneer on Tuesday. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Extra buckets were provided for late comers at the ALS challenge at Argotec in Greenfield and, in this case, the woman who shot the video did not escape her fellow employees.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    Extra buckets were provided for late comers at the ALS challenge at Argotec in Greenfield and, in this case, the woman who shot the video did not escape her fellow employees. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Running back Tim Momaney runs a drill during Monday's Franklin County Technical School football practice. Momaney will be one of the players trying to replace Kyle Laffey from a season ago after he rushed for 1,700 yards. Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Running back Tim Momaney runs a drill during Monday's Franklin County Technical School football practice. Momaney will be one of the players trying to replace Kyle Laffey from a season ago after he rushed for 1,700 yards. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • GHS Football practice.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    GHS Football practice. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Pan Am employees install new gated rail road crossing gates at the newly configured crossing on Elm St in South Deerfield.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    Pan Am employees install new gated rail road crossing gates at the newly configured crossing on Elm St in South Deerfield. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • After a few days of football practice at local schools this week, the rest of the fall athletics teams were in action Thursday, such as the Frontier Regional field hockey team, which took to the field in South Deerfield in preparation for the 2014 Northern Division season.
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    After a few days of football practice at local schools this week, the rest of the fall athletics teams were in action Thursday, such as the Frontier Regional field hockey team, which took to the field in South Deerfield in preparation for the 2014 Northern Division season. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Lilypads peak through the grass growing in Wheeler Pond in Orange on Saturday.
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    Lilypads peak through the grass growing in Wheeler Pond in Orange on Saturday. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Sydney, a three-month-old miniature mediterranean donkey foal, stands by her mother Sabrina at the Potter Meadow Farm in Greenfield on Monday. Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Sydney, a three-month-old miniature mediterranean donkey foal, stands by her mother Sabrina at the Potter Meadow Farm in Greenfield on Monday. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »