Greenfield school faces choice: MCAS or PARCC?

GREENFIELD — Will Greenfield schools stick to the now-standard MCAS for next year — or take the road less traveled by opting into the new PARCC exam? The Greenfield Public School Committee has until Oct. 1 to decide … 0

Arrest made related to Leverett, Shutesbury break-ins

LEVERETT — An arrest has been made in connection with the recent string of burglaries in Leverett and Shutesbury. Jonathan J. Coe, 29, of 374 Middle St. in Amherst was arrested on a warrant Thursday night by the Amherst Police Department. Leverett Police Chief Gary Billings said Coe … 0

Orange launches work-off program for seniors

Orange — A new Senior Work Off Program was launched July 1 in Orange. The program, approved at town meeting and voted through at last month’s Board of Selectmen meeting, is a way for seniors to work for the town in order to pay down their tax bill. … 0

Garden tour to raise money for Mary Lyon church July 19

Hidden gardens, a lavender labyrinth and heirloom tomatoes are among the highlights of a July 19 garden tour and luncheon, to raise money for the Mary Lyon Church. Nine country gardens in Buckland and West Hawley will be open for a self-guided tour, rain or shine, from 10 … 0

  • Farmers work alongside River Road in Whately on Wednesday.
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    Farmers work alongside River Road in Whately on Wednesday. (Recorder/Micky Bedell) Purchase photo reprints »

  • A butterfly settles on a pebbled walk in Wendell on Tuesday.
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    A butterfly settles on a pebbled walk in Wendell on Tuesday. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • A donkey peers out of his enclosure on Great Meadow Road in Northfield..
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    A donkey peers out of his enclosure on Great Meadow Road in Northfield.. (Recorder/Micky Bedell) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Ian Pouliot of Turners Falls tries to catch a lightning bolt in some nasty weather rolling over Barton Cove on Monday while his 4 year old daughter Scarlett is more inclined to take pictures of the ducks swimming by.Recorder/Paul Franz

    Ian Pouliot of Turners Falls tries to catch a lightning bolt in some nasty weather rolling over Barton Cove on Monday while his 4 year old daughter Scarlett is more inclined to take pictures of the ducks swimming by.Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Amy Belskis of Greenfield holds her son Ben, 3, out in the water of Laurel Lake. It was Ben's first time wading out without coaxing, father Chris Belskis said.
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    Amy Belskis of Greenfield holds her son Ben, 3, out in the water of Laurel Lake. It was Ben's first time wading out without coaxing, father Chris Belskis said. (Recorder/Micky Bedell) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Lily pads bloom in a pond in Orange recently.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    Lily pads bloom in a pond in Orange recently. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Cows cirlce up as they relax in a field in Conway on Thursday.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    Cows cirlce up as they relax in a field in Conway on Thursday. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Workers install a “stoplog” around one of the flood gates on the Turners Falls Dam on Tuesday. According to a First Light Power spokesman, a stoplog allows workers to lower the floodgate without allowing the release of water. “We’ll take that gate out of service for a while, to maintain and repair it,” he said. “This is routine and periodic,” he added. Recorder/Paul Franz.

    Workers install a “stoplog” around one of the flood gates on the Turners Falls Dam on Tuesday. According to a First Light Power spokesman, a stoplog allows workers to lower the floodgate without allowing the release of water. “We’ll take that gate out of service for a while, to maintain and repair it,” he said. “This is routine and periodic,” he added. Recorder/Paul Franz. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Volunteers helped install a new playground at the Federal Street School in Greenfield on Saturday, made possible by a $20,000 grant the town recently received for being named a “Playful City USA” for the third year in a row.
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    Volunteers helped install a new playground at the Federal Street School in Greenfield on Saturday, made possible by a $20,000 grant the town recently received for being named a “Playful City USA” for the third year in a row. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Jakob Carron,11, of Orange explores the bottom of Lake Mattawa looking for perfect skipping stones on Wednesday.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    Jakob Carron,11, of Orange explores the bottom of Lake Mattawa looking for perfect skipping stones on Wednesday. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Bella, a horse owned by the Whitney Trucking family in Northfield, peers out of a shaded hut in her pasture on Monday.
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    Bella, a horse owned by the Whitney Trucking family in Northfield, peers out of a shaded hut in her pasture on Monday. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • A duck finds a place to rest in a flooded lawn in Northfield on Wednesday. Recorder/Micky Bedell

    A duck finds a place to rest in a flooded lawn in Northfield on Wednesday. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »