ISO New England backs Northfield Mountain pumping increase

The system operator of the region’s electricity grid is backing plans to pump more Connecticut River water through the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage hydro-generator this winter. Northfield Mountain’s owner, FirstLight Power, wants federal approval to boost the capacity of its generator station by 22 percent to augment the … 0

With move to Whately, company sees strong future in tea leaves

WHATELY — Have you ever wanted to try a raspberry-hibiscus-currant tea slushie? Tea Guys, a new business that recently completed an expansion in Whately, can probably help you out. The premium tea importer, blender and wholesaler, will open the doors to its new 10,000-square-foot facility at 110 Christian … 0

Unity Park accessible swing plan altered

TURNERS FALLS — The wheelchair-accessible swing planned for Unity Park has been dropped in favor of a different design, and is back on track. The volunteer group behind the effort reached its goal of $15,000 for the project last September, with less than five months of fundraising, but … 0

Brewing up the blues

GREENFIELD — If you are looking for a barbecue with live blues music, local and national craft brews, contests, vendors and more before fall is over, look no further. The fourth annual Riverside Blues & BBQ Festival will be held Oct. 11 and 12 in Beacon Field below … 0

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  • A kitten named Baby checks out a pumpkin in Orange on Thursday. Recorder/Paul Franz

    A kitten named Baby checks out a pumpkin in Orange on Thursday. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Apryl Green takes advantage of her job at Apex Orchards in Shelburne to pick her dessert as she takes her lunch break on Monday.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    Apryl Green takes advantage of her job at Apex Orchards in Shelburne to pick her dessert as she takes her lunch break on Monday. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Fall colors are starting to turn in the center of Colrain and around the valley. Recorder/Paul Franz

    Fall colors are starting to turn in the center of Colrain and around the valley. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Classic cars crowd the Nancy Gifford football practice field at Franklin County Technical School on Saturday during the Cool Rides Car Show.  (Recorder/Micky Bedell)

    Classic cars crowd the Nancy Gifford football practice field at Franklin County Technical School on Saturday during the Cool Rides Car Show. (Recorder/Micky Bedell) Purchase photo reprints »

  • An unidentified cyclist rejoices under friendly September skies Sunday during the inaugural Northfield Triathlon on the picturesque Northfield Mountain trail system maintained by Northeast Utilities.
Recorder/Micky Bedell

    An unidentified cyclist rejoices under friendly September skies Sunday during the inaugural Northfield Triathlon on the picturesque Northfield Mountain trail system maintained by Northeast Utilities. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • An unidentified paddler works his way through a placid Connecticut River Sunday during the inaugural Northfield Triathlon hosted by Northeast Utilities at its beautifully groomed Northfield Mountain facilty.
Recorder/Micky Bedell

    An unidentified paddler works his way through a placid Connecticut River Sunday during the inaugural Northfield Triathlon hosted by Northeast Utilities at its beautifully groomed Northfield Mountain facilty. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

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    Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Aliza Fassler, 19, of Greenfield removes trash from the Green River on Saturday during the Source to Sea Cleanup with help from Luke Toritto and Sarah Boles (not shown). Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Aliza Fassler, 19, of Greenfield removes trash from the Green River on Saturday during the Source to Sea Cleanup with help from Luke Toritto and Sarah Boles (not shown). Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • A paving machine pushes along a dump truck supplying it with hot asphalt mixed with aggregate laying down four smooth ribbons of pavement as Federal Street from Main to Maple streets was resurfaced Friday morning. Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters reported a brisk business despite the inconvenience to its regulars.
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    A paving machine pushes along a dump truck supplying it with hot asphalt mixed with aggregate laying down four smooth ribbons of pavement as Federal Street from Main to Maple streets was resurfaced Friday morning. Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters reported a brisk business despite the inconvenience to its regulars. (Recorder/Paul Franz) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Seniors enjoyed free doughnuts, cider, a wagon ride and apple picking on Pine Hill Orchard in Colrain on Wednesday during Apple Day, sponsored by the Colrain Council on Aging for Colrain residents and the Friends of West County Seniors for surrounding towns. Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Seniors enjoyed free doughnuts, cider, a wagon ride and apple picking on Pine Hill Orchard in Colrain on Wednesday during Apple Day, sponsored by the Colrain Council on Aging for Colrain residents and the Friends of West County Seniors for surrounding towns. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Cut hay is raked into rows for bailing in Conway on Monday. Recorder/Paul Franz

    Cut hay is raked into rows for bailing in Conway on Monday. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • The small park and fishing dock along Conway Street on the Buckland side of Shelburne Falls just above the dam is finally being replaced after being destroyed in Tropical Storm Irene.  The dock has a steel reinforced frame and is anchored to the bedrock.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    The small park and fishing dock along Conway Street on the Buckland side of Shelburne Falls just above the dam is finally being replaced after being destroyed in Tropical Storm Irene. The dock has a steel reinforced frame and is anchored to the bedrock. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »