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Whately to test filters to remove chemical from drinking water

WHATELY — The town’s water commissioners have decided to test filters from two companies to determine how well they can remove manganese from the town’s water supply. The levels are considered higher than acceptable under new government standards and Whately proposed installing a new filtration system. Manganese is … 0

Nuclear Regulatory Commission approves Vermont Yankee decommissioning plans

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission, despite objections of state officials, is giving positive reviews to the decommissioning plans developed by the owner of the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. “We do not have any concerns … 0

Neighbors: 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest seeks entries

Hello neighbor. Well folks, it’s that time again. The 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest has begun, and Friends of the Greenfield Public Library are looking for poems from you. The event is open to all Franklin County … 0

Leyden seeks input on hazard mitigation plan

LEYDEN — Leyden officials are asking residents to comment on the town’s Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. The state-required municipal plan lists procedures certain town officials must follow in the event of a weather-related emergency. It was drafted by the town Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee and the Franklin Regional Council … 0

  • 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

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

  • 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

    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 »

  • 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 »

The Attorney General's report refutes the outrageous claims for abuse of eminent domain for private investment company seeking to take private property...(full comment)

Markey: Canadian natural gas export OK confirms plans for area pipeline

The Attorney General's report refutes the outrageous claims for abuse of eminent domain for private investment company seeking to take private property...(full comment)

Markey: Canadian natural gas export OK confirms plans for area pipeline