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Some say Shea Theater needs new blood

TURNERS FALLS — Two weeks ago the Shea Theater board of directors drew a crowd of supporters, but this week drew an opposite and nearly equal reaction, with the institution painted as insular and out of touch. On … 0

Mayor waits to hear from fireworks company about deal

GREENFIELD — It appears the mayor may be ready to make a deal with the New Hampshire company that sold Greenfield short on the fireworks it bought for its Fourth of July celebration this year. Mayor William Martin said he is waiting to hear from the owner of … 0

Vermont man arrested after struggle, chase

DEERFIELD — A Vermont man facing heroin dealing charges and a slew of other offenses allegedly asked the Lord for help before fighting a state trooper and leading police on a high-speed chase that ended with him locking the doors of his disabled car and lighting a cigarette, … 0

3 Mohawk district towns seek assessment cuts

BUCKLAND — A last-minute, 36 percent increase in state aid for busing for the Mohawk Trail Regional School District has prompted selectmen from three of the eight district towns to seek a share in the savings. Buckland, Shelburne and Colrain boards have all sent letters asking that the … 0

  • Miniature donkey Delilah, 4, peers out of her pen at the Craig Equestrian Center in Leverett on Tuesday as pen-partner Jenny Jelly Bean, 20, hangs back.
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    Miniature donkey Delilah, 4, peers out of her pen at the Craig Equestrian Center in Leverett on Tuesday as pen-partner Jenny Jelly Bean, 20, hangs back. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • A group powerboat tubes on Lake Wyola in Shutesbury.
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    A group powerboat tubes on Lake Wyola in Shutesbury. (Recorder/Micky Bedell) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Rebecca Kern of Greenfield takes her daughter Cora, 1¾, down a slide on the new Federal Street School playground while her husband Will cheers them on.
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    Rebecca Kern of Greenfield takes her daughter Cora, 1¾, down a slide on the new Federal Street School playground while her husband Will cheers them on. (Recorder/Micky Bedell) Purchase photo reprints »

  • A honeybee pollinates a wild flower growing alongside Mill Village Road in Deerfield..
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    A honeybee pollinates a wild flower growing alongside Mill Village Road in Deerfield.. (Recorder/Micky Bedell) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Hunter, a 11-year-old cocker spaniel, fetches a stick for owner John Suron of Old Deerfield at Cranberry Pond in Sunderland on Tuesday.
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    Hunter, a 11-year-old cocker spaniel, fetches a stick for owner John Suron of Old Deerfield at Cranberry Pond in Sunderland on Tuesday. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • A cow stands along a puddle-strewn road behind the Upinngil Farm Store in Gill on Monday following the storm.
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    A cow stands along a puddle-strewn road behind the Upinngil Farm Store in Gill on Monday following the storm. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Crews have begun dismantling the classroom wing of the old Greenfield High School after removing hazardous materials on Monday. Recorder/Paul Franz

    Crews have begun dismantling the classroom wing of the old Greenfield High School after removing hazardous materials on Monday. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • An old, rusty tractor sits decoratively in front of a patch of sunflowers along Main Road in Gill.
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    An old, rusty tractor sits decoratively in front of a patch of sunflowers along Main Road in Gill. (Recorder/Micky Bedell) Purchase photo reprints »

  • 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 »