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Colrain backs Mohawk budget, ‘free’ preschool; Shelburne votes 'no' on its assessment

Colrain voters said “yes” to the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s budget on Tuesday night, including additional costs for “free” half-day preschool and the school’s capital spending requests. Shelburne annual town meeting voters, however, followed town officials’ advice and rejected their town’s $2 million operating budget assessment. Shelburne … 0

Greenfield at-large town councilor missing in action

GREENFIELD — An at-large town councilor has been missing in action for several months and it appears it will be up to voters, if he decides to run for re-election, to do something about it. Dalton Athey has … 0

McClintock chosen as interim director of Franklin County anti-hunger program

GREENFIELD — Local food columnist, advocate and community organizer Mary McClintock of Conway will serve as interim Executive Director of the Franklin County Community Meals Program as the anti-hunger nonprofit makes a number of changes. McClintock is replacing Sharon Pleasant, who is leaving for a new position. Pleasant … 0

Soapbox Derby needs driver

TURNERS FALLS — The Montague Soapbox Derby didn’t happen last year, and it’s in danger of not happening again if the founder can’t find an organization to take over the reins of the gravity-powered race. “If nobody gets … 0

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  • Steve Brown, working for Historic Deerfield, paints the Old Deerfield Fire House on Monday.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    Steve Brown, working for Historic Deerfield, paints the Old Deerfield Fire House on Monday. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Chester Dugas of Groton, Connecticut, relaxes in the chairs in front of the Deerfield Inn where he was staying with his wife before the busy summer season at his restaurant, Chester's BBQ.  Recorder/Paul Franz

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  • Debra Horton comments on a proposal for free pre-school as part of the 2015-2016 Mohawk Trail Regional School District budget at the 2015 Ashfield town meeting held at the town hall Saturday. Horton taught the special needs summer pre-school program last year. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

    Debra Horton comments on a proposal for free pre-school as part of the 2015-2016 Mohawk Trail Regional School District budget at the 2015 Ashfield town meeting held at the town hall Saturday. Horton taught the special needs summer pre-school program last year. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

  • Ben Hay, 30, plows his field with a tractor off Ashfield Road in Shelburne on Thursday, April 30. Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Ben Hay, 30, plows his field with a tractor off Ashfield Road in Shelburne on Thursday, April 30. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Vera Cooper, 8, of the Purple Panthers guards first base during a game against the Lundgren Honda team Saturday morning at Murphy Park. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

    Vera Cooper, 8, of the Purple Panthers guards first base during a game against the Lundgren Honda team Saturday morning at Murphy Park. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

  • A volunteer HVAC worker who asked only to be identified as Jim, helps begin to install a new ventilation hood at Adams Donuts on Federal Street in Greenfield Saturday morning. The installation of the new hood and fire suppression system was made possible by fundraisers, raising more than $18,000. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

    A volunteer HVAC worker who asked only to be identified as Jim, helps begin to install a new ventilation hood at Adams Donuts on Federal Street in Greenfield Saturday morning. The installation of the new hood and fire suppression system was made possible by fundraisers, raising more than $18,000. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

  • Doggie meet and greet atop Sachems Head as Dixie plays with Reba as Reba's person watches on a recent afternoon. Recorder/Paul Franz

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  • Nate Rogers of Greenfield plants tomato seeds in one of the greenhouses at Just Roots Farm in Greenfield. 

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  • Rain didn't keep pedestrians off Main Street in Greenfield Monday afternoon. Recorder/Paul Franz

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  • On Thursday, Gary Mullins, right, became the first high school softball coach in Massachusetts history to record 600 career wins. Turners Falls High School beat Hopkins Academy, 28-0, in a mercy-rule-shortened, five-inning game.
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    On Thursday, Gary Mullins, right, became the first high school softball coach in Massachusetts history to record 600 career wins. Turners Falls High School beat Hopkins Academy, 28-0, in a mercy-rule-shortened, five-inning game. Recorder/David Hoitt

  • Take some time and view the talented artists of Greenfield Community College during the Annual Student Art Exhibition that runs through May 13th in the South Gallery at the Greenfield campus.  Recorder/Paul Franz

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  • Major, a Great Dane rescue belonging to Patty West of Greenfield, at right, looks even bigger that he is with a low camera angle while out for a walk in Leyden on Saturday.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    Major, a Great Dane rescue belonging to Patty West of Greenfield, at right, looks even bigger that he is with a low camera angle while out for a walk in Leyden on Saturday. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

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