Greenfield supt. seeks $700,000 budget hike

GREENFIELD — No positions are expected to be cut under the Greenfield School Department’s current $18.2 million superintendent’s draft budget, which the budget subcommittee approved sending to the full School Committee for review. The budget, OK’d Thursday night, … 0

Deerfield Elementary roof project raises commissioner’s concerns

DEERFIELD — The town’s building commissioner is worried the weight of a new roof planned for the Deerfield Elementary School might exceed state building codes, and is reviewing information he has just received from the project architect. Richard … 0

Northfield winery celebrates pouring license

NORTHFIELD — Cameron’s Winery has been granted a wine and malt pouring license from the local licensing authority and will serve its first glass of wine at a Mardi Gras celebration Saturday at 6 p.m. in the winery … 0

Court rejects Vt. challenge to NRC’s use of nuke plant decommisioning fund

VERNON, Vt. — A federal appeals court has told the Shumlin administration that its challenge of a Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff decision over the use of the Vermont Yankee decommissioning trust fund is “incurably premature.” In a decision … 0

  • A horse grazes in a pasture on East River Street in Orange Saturday, January 30. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

    A horse grazes in a pasture on East River Street in Orange Saturday, January 30. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

  • An old passenger rail car waits out winter at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum in Buckland on Monday. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

    An old passenger rail car waits out winter at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum in Buckland on Monday. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Rev. Heather Blais and parishioner Steve Houghton offer up ashes in front of the St. James Church in Greenfield in an “Ashes to Go” service. 
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    Rev. Heather Blais and parishioner Steve Houghton offer up ashes in front of the St. James Church in Greenfield in an “Ashes to Go” service. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Ashley LaCross of Mohawk competes in the slalom during the PVIAC Individual Championships Tuesday at Berkshire East in Charlemont. The  seventh-grader finished sixth in the event, and placed eighth in the combined (slalom and giant slalom) times.  Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

    Ashley LaCross of Mohawk competes in the slalom during the PVIAC Individual Championships Tuesday at Berkshire East in Charlemont. The seventh-grader finished sixth in the event, and placed eighth in the combined (slalom and giant slalom) times. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • The United Way collected at least 500 bags of nonperishable food items for their "Supper for Six" food drive at the Stoneleigh-Burnham School on Tuesday, Feb. 9. 
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    The United Way collected at least 500 bags of nonperishable food items for their "Supper for Six" food drive at the Stoneleigh-Burnham School on Tuesday, Feb. 9. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

  • John Sendelbach makes bug parts out of fork tines in his Shelburne Falls metal working studio on Wednesday. He uses the fork tines for legs and spoon for the body. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

    John Sendelbach makes bug parts out of fork tines in his Shelburne Falls metal working studio on Wednesday. He uses the fork tines for legs and spoon for the body. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • A couple Canada Geese float in a channel of water on the Connecticut River at Unity Park Sunday, January 31. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

    A couple Canada Geese float in a channel of water on the Connecticut River at Unity Park Sunday, January 31. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

  • Dragos Nichita, 14, of Greenfield, flies over a mound of snow on his sled at Beacon Field in Greenfield, Monday, February 8. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

    Dragos Nichita, 14, of Greenfield, flies over a mound of snow on his sled at Beacon Field in Greenfield, Monday, February 8. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

  • A light snow falls quietly around Bardwells Ferry Bridge spanning the Deerfield River from Conway to Shelburne on Monday. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

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  • John Webb of Greenfield plays his harmonica on Main Street, beside Green Fields Market. Webb, who's been playing harmonica since 1997, exclusively plays gospel hymns.
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    John Webb of Greenfield plays his harmonica on Main Street, beside Green Fields Market. Webb, who's been playing harmonica since 1997, exclusively plays gospel hymns. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

  • Anne Baker, an avid birdwatcher from Gill, looks for eagles and other birds on the old rail bridge across the Connecticut River in Montague on Thursday. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

    Anne Baker, an avid birdwatcher from Gill, looks for eagles and other birds on the old rail bridge across the Connecticut River in Montague on Thursday. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • A west-facing window at the former Sweetheart Restaurant in Shelburne Falls reflects the setting sun Sunday, January 31. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

    A west-facing window at the former Sweetheart Restaurant in Shelburne Falls reflects the setting sun Sunday, January 31. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

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