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Vermont Yankee begins to power down

BRATTLEBORO — Entergy Nuclear announced Tuesday that Vermont Yankee was starting its “coastdown” to shutdown later this year. “Starting now, you’ll see a gradual decrease until the end of the year,” said Entergy Nuclear spokesman Martin Cohn. Cohn … 0

Andrews blasts mailing as ‘misleading attack’

Rep. Denise Andrews, D-Orange, is lashing out against what she says is a “misleading attack mailing” by the conservative advocacy organization Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance “on behalf of the Republican party,” criticizing her voting record as her re-election campaign … 0

Franklin County Opioid Task Force regroups, continues

GREENFIELD — The area Opioid Task Force met Tuesday for a look at the big picture of addiction in Franklin County and at reports from subcommittees working in various facets of the community problem. The meeting in the … 0

Drop-outs: Focusing on the 'why'

More than 16,000 adults in Franklin and Hampshire counties have neither a GED nor a high school diploma. For many students, it is not the lack of will that causes them to stop going to school. Many times, students face personal or family problems, illness or addiction that … 0

  • 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 »

  • A draft horse team pulls at the 2014 Franklin County Fair.
Recorder/Micky Bedell

    A draft horse team pulls at the 2014 Franklin County Fair. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Bees swarm on Main St in Greenfield on Friday.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    Bees swarm on Main St in Greenfield on Friday. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »