First Great River Challenge Off-Road Triathlon set for Sept. 28

NORTHFIELD — What do you get when you combine kayaks and canoes, mountain bikes and running shoes with the local landscape? The first Great River Challenge Off-Road Triathlon. The race, which will be held Sept. 28, has been … 0

Deerfield’s year without a town administrator

SOUTH DEERFIELD — It has been one full year since the town has had a permanent full-time town administrator. And, despite changes to the job description, searches and public interviews, the Board of Selectmen is still trying to decide how much authority the top manager in town should … 0

Buckland to vote on wind bylaw next month

BUCKLAND — After hearing from residents this week, the Planning Board will take another look at its proposed small-scale wind turbine bylaw before bringing it to a vote at a special town meeting in late August. The proposal defines a “small wind energy facility” as a turbine that … 0

Gas pipeline proponents to address Northfield residents Aug. 19

NORTHFIELD — Local residents will finally have their chance to pose questions to the proponents of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Expansion. The pipeline company has agreed to address a community meeting Aug. 19 at 7 p.m., at Pioneer Valley Regional School. Representatives of Kinder Morgan, the pipeline’s parent … 0

  • Two lighted boats float through Barton Cove on Saturday night as part of Franklin County Boat Club's Christmas in July show. The boat parade was followed by a fireworks display, all visible from Unity Park in Turners Falls. 
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    Two lighted boats float through Barton Cove on Saturday night as part of Franklin County Boat Club's Christmas in July show. The boat parade was followed by a fireworks display, all visible from Unity Park in Turners Falls. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Atticus Dejesus, 1, kisses a sheep at Yankee Doodle Days in Charlemont at the fairgrounds on Sunday.
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    Atticus Dejesus, 1, kisses a sheep at Yankee Doodle Days in Charlemont at the fairgrounds on Sunday. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Connor Johnson, 3, of Athol flings paint at a canvas during a Quabbin Harvest Community Market food and art event on the lawn of the Moore-Leland library in North Orange on Saturday. Co-op board member Manuel King led the effort to create the art piece, entitled "Cooperation," which over 20 people helped make by splattering and dripping paint. The Co-op hopes to open its new doors in Orange to the public in late August.
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    Connor Johnson, 3, of Athol flings paint at a canvas during a Quabbin Harvest Community Market food and art event on the lawn of the Moore-Leland library in North Orange on Saturday. Co-op board member Manuel King led the effort to create the art piece, entitled "Cooperation," which over 20 people helped make by splattering and dripping paint. The Co-op hopes to open its new doors in Orange to the public in late August. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Ashley Harris reacts to her son Kaleb, almost 2, splashing in a self-made puddle at Laurel Lake in Erving on Monday, during his first beach adventure.
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    Ashley Harris reacts to her son Kaleb, almost 2, splashing in a self-made puddle at Laurel Lake in Erving on Monday, during his first beach adventure. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Horses take advantage of the shade off West Mountain Rd in Bernardston. Recorder/Paul Franz

    Horses take advantage of the shade off West Mountain Rd in Bernardston. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Natsuko Mori and her son Seneca, 4, paint a volcano behind the Shutesbury Town Hall  as part of the M.N. Spear Memorial Library's summer reading programming.
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    Natsuko Mori and her son Seneca, 4, paint a volcano behind the Shutesbury Town Hall as part of the M.N. Spear Memorial Library's summer reading programming. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Dylan Baer of Ashby took does a little fishing off the public boat ramp dock in Gill recently.  
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    Dylan Baer of Ashby took does a little fishing off the public boat ramp dock in Gill recently. (Recorder/Paul ) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Submitted photo by Josianna Martini
Lightning strike at Poet's Seat Tower in Greenfield taken from Beacon Field, 7:11pm on Wednesday.

    Submitted photo by Josianna Martini Lightning strike at Poet's Seat Tower in Greenfield taken from Beacon Field, 7:11pm on Wednesday.

  • A butterfly collects pollen from an orange day lily beside the lily pond at the New England Peace Pagoda in Leverett on Wednesday.
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    A butterfly collects pollen from an orange day lily beside the lily pond at the New England Peace Pagoda in Leverett on Wednesday. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Katherine Fortin, 12, is doused with a bucket of Green River water by Hazel Andrade, 7½, while Caleb Murray, 7, moves in to finish the job. They are campers at the Greenfield Recreation Department Summer Day Camp at the Green River Swimming and Recreation Area.  
(Recorder/Paul Franz)

    Katherine Fortin, 12, is doused with a bucket of Green River water by Hazel Andrade, 7½, while Caleb Murray, 7, moves in to finish the job. They are campers at the Greenfield Recreation Department Summer Day Camp at the Green River Swimming and Recreation Area. (Recorder/Paul Franz) Purchase photo reprints »

  • These are not really crop circles, but rather wheat at the Four Star Farm in Northfield that has been damaged by heavy wind and rain. Only time will tell if it will dry out and stand up to be harvested or be plowed under.  (Recorder/Paul Franz)

    These are not really crop circles, but rather wheat at the Four Star Farm in Northfield that has been damaged by heavy wind and rain. Only time will tell if it will dry out and stand up to be harvested or be plowed under. (Recorder/Paul Franz) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Emilia Rodriquez, 7, of Greenfield leaps from one of the new Federal Street School playground installations yelling "Superman!" on Monday evening.
Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Emilia Rodriquez, 7, of Greenfield leaps from one of the new Federal Street School playground installations yelling "Superman!" on Monday evening. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »