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Bar association takes up heroin discussion

In its first legislative breakfast in years, the Franklin County Bar Association had planned to make a pitch for increased funding for the court-appointed lawyers. But the region’s addiction crisis, and the need for additional state funding and anti-addiction programs took center stage. The timing is right for … 0

McGovern: Use schools to promote better nutrition

ORANGE — Organizations looking to promote better nutrition in their communities should send their messages through local schools, U.S. Rep James McGovern told members of the North Quabbin Community Coalition Friday. McGovern, a Democrat from Worcester and staunch anti-hunger advocate, said it’s unlikely Congress will approve any increases … 0

Pioneer cuts $225,000 from proposed budget

BERNARDSTON — The Pioneer Valley Regional School Committee has lowered its proposed budget by nearly a quarter of a million dollars. The district was able to reduce costs by cutting three teachers. The district will be able to avoid layoffs or firings, because the employees are either leaving … 0

Price, sites discussed in run-up to 3-town EMS launch

SOUTH DEERFIELD — For the first full year of the South County Emergency Medical Service, townspeople in southern Franklin County will be asked to approve $749,594 for the regional paramedic service. The latest budget numbers are $235,947 for Sunderland, $125,647 for Whately and $387,999 for Deerfield. The budget … 0

  • Candace Curran and Sharman Prouty, staff at the Wheeler Library in Orange, and Joan Lemek of Athol watch as Debbie Kent from the Friends of the Orange Public Libraries cuts a cake celebrating the 100th birthday of the library on Thursday.  
(Recorder/Paul Franz)

    Candace Curran and Sharman Prouty, staff at the Wheeler Library in Orange, and Joan Lemek of Athol watch as Debbie Kent from the Friends of the Orange Public Libraries cuts a cake celebrating the 100th birthday of the library on Thursday. (Recorder/Paul Franz) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Students at the Four Corners Discovery School are eager to help Paul Raskevitz of the Greenfield DPW plant a Red Maple tree on the playground in honor of the upcoming Arbor Day.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    Students at the Four Corners Discovery School are eager to help Paul Raskevitz of the Greenfield DPW plant a Red Maple tree on the playground in honor of the upcoming Arbor Day. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Blue herons build a nest in a swamp in Orange on a recent afternoon.
Mike Philips photo

    Blue herons build a nest in a swamp in Orange on a recent afternoon. Mike Philips photo

  • Shawn Kennedy of the Department of Conservation and Recreation and his coworkers clean up the entrance to Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation in South Deerfield, getting the popular park with a view ready for the season.  (Recorder/Paul Franz)

    Shawn Kennedy of the Department of Conservation and Recreation and his coworkers clean up the entrance to Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation in South Deerfield, getting the popular park with a view ready for the season. (Recorder/Paul Franz) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Lunt baseball fields and factory buildings.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    Lunt baseball fields and factory buildings. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Mohawk Ramblers motorcycle club in the Montague Plains near Lake Pleasant.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    Mohawk Ramblers motorcycle club in the Montague Plains near Lake Pleasant. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • This sculpture sits atop the Mohawk Ramblers clubhouse. 
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    This sculpture sits atop the Mohawk Ramblers clubhouse. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • 91 years young Harry Wilcox of Torrington Ct

    91 years young Harry Wilcox of Torrington Ct

  • Participants of the Athol-Orange River Rat Race make a mad dash for the Main Street Bridge after the starting cannon on Saturday.
Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Participants of the Athol-Orange River Rat Race make a mad dash for the Main Street Bridge after the starting cannon on Saturday. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Charlene Manor resident Mary Jo McManus with Clarence. Recorder/Paul Franz

    Charlene Manor resident Mary Jo McManus with Clarence. Recorder/Paul Franz

  • Owen Blanchard, 5, spins leisurely at the playground in Unity Park on Monday.
Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Owen Blanchard, 5, spins leisurely at the playground in Unity Park on Monday. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • A local teen named Victor performs an 'ollie' at Unity Park in Turners Falls on Tuesday.
Recorder/Micky Bedell

    A local teen named Victor performs an 'ollie' at Unity Park in Turners Falls on Tuesday. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »