Promised land

By TOM RELIHAN Recorder Staff LEYDEN — As Leyden resident Rhonda Wainshilbaum’s hitch-hiked ride snaked through the streets of Jerusalem one morning in early July, a loud siren began to ring out. “What is that?” she asked the … 0

Alice Parker going strong. Smith to celebrate alumna’s music

By STEVE PFARRER Daily Hampshire Gazette Who says your time singing in college has to end with graduation? For members of the Smith College Alumnae Chorus, launched four years ago, choral music remains a means for forging connections … 0

UMass brings discovery to all

AMHERST — Robert MacWright brings an enthusiasm for the nexus between gee whiz technology, legal logic, and the history of American entrepreneurship to his job as director of commercial ventures and intellectual property at the University of Massachusetts … 0

State to FERC: scrutinize pipeline route

The state’s top environmental official has written to the federal government calling for careful review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s proposed Northeast Direct Natural Gas Pipeline, arguing the route is a highly sensitive environmental area. A “preliminary, non-exhaustive” state review of the route shows that it would pass through … 0

  • 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

  • John Kelly of Greenfield, takes in the sunset from Poet’s Seat, 7:31 p.m. on Thursday.
photo courtesy of Josianna Martini

    John Kelly of Greenfield, takes in the sunset from Poet’s Seat, 7:31 p.m. on Thursday. photo courtesy of Josianna Martini

  • This trotter works with its tongue hanging out as the driver takes it for loops around the Franklin County Fairgrounds track on Thursday. Recorder/Paul Franz

    This trotter works with its tongue hanging out as the driver takes it for loops around the Franklin County Fairgrounds track on Thursday. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • The section of Federal St from Main to Lenards Sts was milled for repaving on Thursday morning.Recorder/Paul Franz

    The section of Federal St from Main to Lenards Sts was milled for repaving on Thursday morning.Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • A man fishes in Barton Cove on Sunday. Recorder/Micky Bedell

    A man fishes in Barton Cove on Sunday. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »