Snowstorm surprises area, dumps 5 inches

GREENFIELD — The storm that ended a snow drought and provided a white blanket for this weekend’s Winter Carnival also closed Interstate 91 for much of the day and caused a spate of minor accidents across Franklin County … 0

Mohawk to end China program after 2 years

BUCKLAND — After a two-year trial, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District is ending efforts to attract tuition-paying Chinese high school students and its Chinese language and culture classes at Mohawk and in two elementary schools. “Mohawk is … 0

Radioactive water disposal a lingering issue at Vt. Yankee

VERNON, Vt. — Entergy Nuclear has collected 90,000 gallons of water contaminated with radioactivity from the basement of the Vermont Yankee turbine building, and is considering its options — including discharging it into the Connecticut River. The radioactivity in the water is at a very low level, said … 0

Magical Child closed; Reopening for liquidation sale later this month

GREENFIELD — After 32 years of business, the owner of the Magical Child toy store on Main Street announced the shop was closing for good Friday, reopening only to liquidate its merchandise later this month. Mary Walsh-Martel first … 0

  • 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 »

  • The sun sets behind evergreen trees around a pond on Old Vernon Road in Northfield, Monday. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

    The sun sets behind evergreen trees around a pond on Old Vernon Road in Northfield, Monday. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

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