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State court tosses local law restricting where sex offenders allowed to live

BOSTON — The state’s high court has upheld a judge’s decision to throw out a local law that severely restricts where sex offenders can live in the city of Lynn, a ruling that puts an end to a call earlier this year in Greenfield to enact similar restrictions. … 0

The past in pastel: Buckland artist focus of PVMA exhibit

DEERFIELD — A new exhibit at Memorial Hall Museum in Old Deerfield will feature five rarely displayed paintings by Robert Strong Woodward, a painter who lived in Buckland. The paintings are all privately owned and depict scenes from … 0

Ashfield mulls $2.3 million broadband cost

ASHFIELD — The $2.3 million spending request for Ashfield’s share of the estimated $3.7 million needed for a town-wide fiber optic broadband network will be the largest capital outlay in the town’s history, Finance Committee member David Newell told about 75 townspeople this week, at a meeting to … 0

Faith Matters: ‘Enough is enough!’

(Editor's note: The following is a submission to The Recorder's weekly column titled “Faith Matters.” Each Saturday, a different faith leader in Franklin County offers a personal religious perspective in this space. An accompanying sidebar offers a brief … 0

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  • Second graders' feet don't quite touch the ground as they sit quietly in a Deerfield Elementary School classroom on Thursday. It was the first day of school for grades 1 through 6 in Deerfield. Recorder/Micky Bedell

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  • A man carrying pizzas walks through a pocket of the setting sun on Court Square in Greenfield, Tuesday evening. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

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  • Playing pitch at the South County Senior Center in South Deerfield on Wednesday are Steve Perkins of South Deerfield, Richard Petrauskas of South Deerfield, Jerry Sheehan of Conway and Donat Charest of Conway.  Recorder/Paul Franz

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  • A boy drops into the Connecticut River from the bridge connecting Cabot Camp and Dorsey Road in Erving as another boy ascends a rope swing Tuesday July 21. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

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  • A bee pollinates a flowering water plant in Wendell. Recorder/Paul Franz

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  • Local artist Donna Horn waits atop her homemade, three-eyed, rolling elephant sculpture, anxiously awaiting the start of the Wendell Old Home Day parade Saturday. Recorder/David Rainville

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  • Molly Gore of Monroe, working for Zoar Outdoor, paddle boards with a student on the Harriman Reservoir in Wilmington, Vt. 
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  • Darren and Noel Labrecque of Greenfield enjoy the day on a shady bench in Rocky Mountain Park in Greenfield on Thursday. Recorder/Paul Franz

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  • Black-eyed-susans fill a field blanketed in fog at the Northfield Mountain Recreation and and Environmental Center early Tuesday morning, August 18. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

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  • Joon French of Greenfield cools off with at the Hillside Park Splashpad in Greenfield on Wednesday where he was with his son. Recorder/Paul Franz

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"According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the SIX New England states consumed a total of 889 billion cubic feet of natural...(full comment)

Letter: The pipeline question

Berkshire Gas is actually Spanish-owned energy co., Iberdrola. # 1 energy provider in Europe, FYI. Kinder, is # 3, US - behind...(full comment)

Deerfield submits pipeline comments to FERC