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More leeway for farmers

A lot has changed since Massachusetts began its first-in-the nation Agricultural Preservation Restriction program. More than 68,000 acres have been protected on more than 800 farms statewide, with 15,305 acres on 218 Franklin County farms protected by selling development rights to the state to keep farmland in production. … 0

Green Fields, McCusker’s markets have new leader

GREENFIELD — A former Wal-Mart employee will head up operations at Green Fields and McCusker’s markets, beginning Sept. 20. The owners of the two stores, Franklin Community Cooperative, recently hired John Williams, 40, of Colrain as its new general manager — and co-op board Chairman David Paysnick said … 0

A stroll down history lane

WHATELY — Did you know that the milk bottle in Whately center was once a dairy bar on Routes 5 and 10? Or that there was once a general store at the Whately Inn? On Sept. 6, the … 0

Conway puts project for new highway garage out for bidding requests

CONWAY — To obtain a realistic estimate of how much a new highway garage would cost the town ahead of a special town meeting, Conway’s Selectboard has issued a request for bids from contractors. At a special town … 0

  • A sunflower reaches into the light of the late afternoon sun by Turners Falls High School. 
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    A sunflower reaches into the light of the late afternoon sun by Turners Falls High School. (Recorder/Micky Bedell) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Petru Chicerman shoots the ball during a practice drill with the Greenfield boys' soccer team behind the high school Wednesday afternoon. Next week, the annual fall sports schedule will begin at local venues. 
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    Petru Chicerman shoots the ball during a practice drill with the Greenfield boys' soccer team behind the high school Wednesday afternoon. Next week, the annual fall sports schedule will begin at local venues. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • First-graders Aryannah Boltz-Thurman, Hannah Phillips and Lindsey Taylor check out herbs growing in the pizza garden at the first day of school at Hawlemont in Charlemont. 
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    First-graders Aryannah Boltz-Thurman, Hannah Phillips and Lindsey Taylor check out herbs growing in the pizza garden at the first day of school at Hawlemont in Charlemont. (Recorder/Paul Franz) Purchase photo reprints »

  • A pair canoes across Pelham Lake in Rowe on Wednesday. Recorder/Micky Bedell

    A pair canoes across Pelham Lake in Rowe on Wednesday. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Goalie Meredith Townsley, Mackenzie Griffin, Olivia Rowe and Ameilia Pelletier watch as Emily Geser smacks the ball towards goal during a drill at Pioneer on Tuesday. Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Goalie Meredith Townsley, Mackenzie Griffin, Olivia Rowe and Ameilia Pelletier watch as Emily Geser smacks the ball towards goal during a drill at Pioneer on Tuesday. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Extra buckets were provided for late comers at the ALS challenge at Argotec in Greenfield and, in this case, the woman who shot the video did not escape her fellow employees.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    Extra buckets were provided for late comers at the ALS challenge at Argotec in Greenfield and, in this case, the woman who shot the video did not escape her fellow employees. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Running back Tim Momaney runs a drill during Monday's Franklin County Technical School football practice. Momaney will be one of the players trying to replace Kyle Laffey from a season ago after he rushed for 1,700 yards. Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Running back Tim Momaney runs a drill during Monday's Franklin County Technical School football practice. Momaney will be one of the players trying to replace Kyle Laffey from a season ago after he rushed for 1,700 yards. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • GHS Football practice.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    GHS Football practice. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Pan Am employees install new gated rail road crossing gates at the newly configured crossing on Elm St in South Deerfield.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    Pan Am employees install new gated rail road crossing gates at the newly configured crossing on Elm St in South Deerfield. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • After a few days of football practice at local schools this week, the rest of the fall athletics teams were in action Thursday, such as the Frontier Regional field hockey team, which took to the field in South Deerfield in preparation for the 2014 Northern Division season.
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    After a few days of football practice at local schools this week, the rest of the fall athletics teams were in action Thursday, such as the Frontier Regional field hockey team, which took to the field in South Deerfield in preparation for the 2014 Northern Division season. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Lilypads peak through the grass growing in Wheeler Pond in Orange on Saturday.
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    Lilypads peak through the grass growing in Wheeler Pond in Orange on Saturday. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Sydney, a three-month-old miniature mediterranean donkey foal, stands by her mother Sabrina at the Potter Meadow Farm in Greenfield on Monday. Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Sydney, a three-month-old miniature mediterranean donkey foal, stands by her mother Sabrina at the Potter Meadow Farm in Greenfield on Monday. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »