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All the region’s a stage

Mid-life crises manifest themselves in all kinds of ways. Mine involves wearing elaborate hats, attempting to speak with Southern and Eastern European accents, and learning insiders’ jargon such as “ghost light,” “spike tape” and “merde.” I am late to the theater world, having only started in 2009. By … 0

In NH, Sanders tops ‘honest’ category in UMass poll

AMHERST — More Republicans view Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders as more honest than almost all of their own candidates, according to a poll released Sunday by the University of Massachusetts Amherst and WBZ-TV in Boston. Among likely Republican voters in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, 66 percent found … 0

Pioneer cuts 7 classroom paraprofessionals in preliminary budget

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District will cut several positions to keep next year’s budget down. Superintendent Ruth Miller saved the district from spending more than $150,000 by eliminating seven union-based classroom paraprofessionals in order to keep next year’s budget increase at under 2 percent. Miller … 0

UMass astronomers join global look into galaxy’s center

AMHERST — Some questions in science can only be answered by more powerful equipment. So University of Massachusetts Amherst astronomers are working to create one of the most powerful telescopes yet — one the size of the Earth. … 0

  • 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 »

  • Gary Moulton of Ware, Working for the Department of Conservation and Recreation at the Quabbin Reservoir, takes a water sample out of the Middle Branch of the Swift River before it flows into the Quabbin.  It is one of 14 sites that the DCR test water quality at the reservoir. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

    Gary Moulton of Ware, Working for the Department of Conservation and Recreation at the Quabbin Reservoir, takes a water sample out of the Middle Branch of the Swift River before it flows into the Quabbin. It is one of 14 sites that the DCR test water quality at the reservoir. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Kyle Devlin and Josiah Little, 9, of Riverside Gill, play ice hockey on the Connecticut River in Barton Cove, Sunday, January 31. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

    Kyle Devlin and Josiah Little, 9, of Riverside Gill, play ice hockey on the Connecticut River in Barton Cove, Sunday, January 31. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

  • Two Honor Guardsmen salute the American flag at state Sen. Robert D. Wetmore's memorial service at Fiske-Murphy & Mack Funeral Home Saturday, Jan. 30, in Orange. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

    Two Honor Guardsmen salute the American flag at state Sen. Robert D. Wetmore's memorial service at Fiske-Murphy & Mack Funeral Home Saturday, Jan. 30, in Orange. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

  • Startled starlings start taking off from a utility wire in Deerfield on Thursday. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

    Startled starlings start taking off from a utility wire in Deerfield on Thursday. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • A long exposure of an abandoned mill, most recently home to the Railroad Salvage Store, in the Patch nieighborhood of Turners Falls on Power Street. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

    A long exposure of an abandoned mill, most recently home to the Railroad Salvage Store, in the Patch nieighborhood of Turners Falls on Power Street. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

  • Bill Gamage, 84, of Greenfield, looks over the fence on Deerfield Street at the Green River while on a short walk, Monday. He tries to walk daily. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

    Bill Gamage, 84, of Greenfield, looks over the fence on Deerfield Street at the Green River while on a short walk, Monday. He tries to walk daily. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

  • People ice fishing on Lake Wyola in Shutesbury check their tip-ups on a cold Tuesday morning. Recorder Franz/Paul Franz

    People ice fishing on Lake Wyola in Shutesbury check their tip-ups on a cold Tuesday morning. Recorder Franz/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • These Warwick sheep stay in the sun and out of the wind on Friday morning. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

    These Warwick sheep stay in the sun and out of the wind on Friday morning. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Helen Hills of Warwick soaks up some winter sun with her equine friend Lulu. Hills cares for two of her own horses and boards others. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

    Helen Hills of Warwick soaks up some winter sun with her equine friend Lulu. Hills cares for two of her own horses and boards others. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Water trickles over rocks and beneath an ice formation on the Connecticut River bed in Turners Falls, Saturday, Jan. 23. 
Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

    Water trickles over rocks and beneath an ice formation on the Connecticut River bed in Turners Falls, Saturday, Jan. 23. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

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