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Rallying local shoppers

GREENFIELD — One local business’s public plea for support from the community this week has prompted its owner and other downtown business owners to revive a once-popular “shop local” campaign. Mary Walsh-Martel, owner of Magical Child, said she, Jessica Mullins, owner of World Eye Bookshop, and Lisa Cocco, … 0

Charlemont Ambulance files ‘action plan’ with state

CHARLEMONT — To improve its response rate and keep its license, the Charlemont Ambulance Task Force has submitted an action plan spelling out how this rural, volunteer department will increase its pool of certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and stay financially solvent. The plan was sent to the … 0

Storm damage causes power outage in Conway

CONWAY — Hundreds of residents lost power after a storm brought down tree limbs and damaged utility poles Thursday night. Eversource spokesperson Priscilla Ress said Conway was hit by storms twice, the first of which occurred around 6 p.m. Wednesday and caused an outage. “Once we got that … 0

GCC/Elms partnership yields first class of bachelor’s candidates in social work

GREENFIELD — Six of the graduates receiving bachelor of science in social work degrees at Elms College’s commencement this year weren’t typical Elms students. They were the first cohort of students to complete the Elms bachelor’s degree program at Greenfield Community College. The students entered the program in … 0

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  • John and Linda Cavanagh from Rye, N.H., meet Carl and Evie Amick of Lanesboro at an Airstream trailer convention at the Franklin County Fairgrounds on Friday. Recorder/Paul Franz

    John and Linda Cavanagh from Rye, N.H., meet Carl and Evie Amick of Lanesboro at an Airstream trailer convention at the Franklin County Fairgrounds on Friday. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Curtis Pecor, of Turners Falls, tosses his daughter, Amelya Galbraith, 5, in the air as they swim in the Connecticut River Wednesday, May 26. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

    Curtis Pecor, of Turners Falls, tosses his daughter, Amelya Galbraith, 5, in the air as they swim in the Connecticut River Wednesday, May 26. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

  • Quint Dawson of VFW Hale Clap Post 3295 and a Vietnam veteran, delivers a speech following the Whately Memorial Day parade Sunday May 24. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

    Quint Dawson of VFW Hale Clap Post 3295 and a Vietnam veteran, delivers a speech following the Whately Memorial Day parade Sunday May 24. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

  • A couple cruise around greeting friends at the Good Sam Samboreee at the Franklin County fairgrounds on Friday.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    A couple cruise around greeting friends at the Good Sam Samboreee at the Franklin County fairgrounds on Friday. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Mike Smith preps a picket fence for painting on Main Street in Northfield on Tuesday.  He works for S&S Painting out of West Swanzey, N.H. Recorder/Paul Franz

    Mike Smith preps a picket fence for painting on Main Street in Northfield on Tuesday. He works for S&S Painting out of West Swanzey, N.H. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Geri Johnson, who owns Songline Emu Farm in Gill with her husband Stan Johnson, cradles an infant emu Sunday May 17. The Johnsons have run the farm for 20 years but this year is their last hatch and they will begin selling their emus to various farms and private collectors. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

    Geri Johnson, who owns Songline Emu Farm in Gill with her husband Stan Johnson, cradles an infant emu Sunday May 17. The Johnsons have run the farm for 20 years but this year is their last hatch and they will begin selling their emus to various farms and private collectors. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

  • Starting Pioneer Pitcher Jake Hale releases a pitch against Easthampton in this triple exposure in Northfield on Thursday. Recorder/Paul Franz

    Starting Pioneer Pitcher Jake Hale releases a pitch against Easthampton in this triple exposure in Northfield on Thursday. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Fred Swedberg of Orange, who paused to put on his "tomato hat," grows and sells myriad varieties of heirloom tomatoes, as well as other flowers and plants at his home. Several signs along Route 2A east alert drivers to his offerings. Swedberg has had a garden since he was a child and has enjoyed 20 years of "heirloom fanaticism," during which he has grown over 1,000 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, his favorite being Purple Calabash for its flavor. 
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    Fred Swedberg of Orange, who paused to put on his "tomato hat," grows and sells myriad varieties of heirloom tomatoes, as well as other flowers and plants at his home. Several signs along Route 2A east alert drivers to his offerings. Swedberg has had a garden since he was a child and has enjoyed 20 years of "heirloom fanaticism," during which he has grown over 1,000 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, his favorite being Purple Calabash for its flavor. (Recorder/Matt Burkhartt) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Steam rises as Adam Martin of Martin's Farm Composting and Mulch turns over one of the wind rows of compost at his Greenfield farm on 341 Plain Road. He converts organic waste into fertile compost in a three-month process. This Saturday he is holding an open house at the farm until 1 p.m., allowing people to see and learn about the composting process from beginning to end by giving hayrides. 
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    Steam rises as Adam Martin of Martin's Farm Composting and Mulch turns over one of the wind rows of compost at his Greenfield farm on 341 Plain Road. He converts organic waste into fertile compost in a three-month process. This Saturday he is holding an open house at the farm until 1 p.m., allowing people to see and learn about the composting process from beginning to end by giving hayrides. (Recorder/Paul Franz) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Cliche comes to life on this Northfield horse farm on Wednesday where the grass seems greener, or at least more plentiful, on the other side of the fence.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    Cliche comes to life on this Northfield horse farm on Wednesday where the grass seems greener, or at least more plentiful, on the other side of the fence. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • This squirrel was seen in the middle of Route 2 in Gill on Wednesday with a discarded yogurt container stuck firmly on its head. Litter like this presents a hazard for wildlife with even food scraps attracting them to highway. The photographer stopped traffic and freed the critter, which scampered right off.  (Recorder/Paul Franz)

    This squirrel was seen in the middle of Route 2 in Gill on Wednesday with a discarded yogurt container stuck firmly on its head. Litter like this presents a hazard for wildlife with even food scraps attracting them to highway. The photographer stopped traffic and freed the critter, which scampered right off. (Recorder/Paul Franz) Purchase photo reprints »

  • The demolition of the former Hapco Building on Olive Street was almost complete as of Wednesday afternoon. 
(Recorder/Paul Franz)

    The demolition of the former Hapco Building on Olive Street was almost complete as of Wednesday afternoon. (Recorder/Paul Franz) Purchase photo reprints »

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