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Kulik: ‘My constituents deserve answers’ on Berkshire Gas, pipeline plans

BOSTON — Rep. Stephen Kulik argued before Boston regulators this week that Berkshire Gas Co. should consider alternatives to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., including replacement of older, inefficient gas furnaces, repair of Berkshire Gas’s leaks and supporting efforts … 0

Wheels in motion for Turners skate park

TURNERS FALLS — If local skateboarders aren’t doing flips today, they should be — or will be by fall at a new, permanent $366,000 skate park at Unity Park. After nearly two decades of efforts, Montague town officials … 0

Recorder editor to visit Charlemont this evening

CHARLEMONT — The latest stop in Recorder Editor George Forcier’s tour of Franklin County is today at Cold River Cafe on Main Street in Charlemont from 5:30 to 6:30. If you haven’t heard about the good-will tour, here … 0

New Salem eyes Internet, highway barn

NEW SALEM — About $1.5 million for Internet and $175,000 for a new Highway Department barn are the outstanding requests among the 36 to be put to voters at next week’s possibly two-day annual town meeting. The meeting begins Monday at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall, with … 0

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  • Curtis Pecor, of Turners Falls, tosses his daughter, Amelya Galbraith, 5, in the air as they swim in the Connecticut River Wednesday, May 26. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

    Curtis Pecor, of Turners Falls, tosses his daughter, Amelya Galbraith, 5, in the air as they swim in the Connecticut River Wednesday, May 26. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

  • Quint Dawson of VFW Hale Clap Post 3295 and a Vietnam veteran, delivers a speech following the Whately Memorial Day parade Sunday May 24. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

    Quint Dawson of VFW Hale Clap Post 3295 and a Vietnam veteran, delivers a speech following the Whately Memorial Day parade Sunday May 24. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

  • A couple cruise around greeting friends at the Good Sam Samboreee at the Franklin County fairgrounds on Friday.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    A couple cruise around greeting friends at the Good Sam Samboreee at the Franklin County fairgrounds on Friday. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Mike Smith preps a picket fence for painting on Main Street in Northfield on Tuesday.  He works for S&S Painting out of West Swanzey, N.H. Recorder/Paul Franz

    Mike Smith preps a picket fence for painting on Main Street in Northfield on Tuesday. He works for S&S Painting out of West Swanzey, N.H. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Geri Johnson, who owns Songline Emu Farm in Gill with her husband Stan Johnson, cradles an infant emu Sunday May 17. The Johnsons have run the farm for 20 years but this year is their last hatch and they will begin selling their emus to various farms and private collectors. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

    Geri Johnson, who owns Songline Emu Farm in Gill with her husband Stan Johnson, cradles an infant emu Sunday May 17. The Johnsons have run the farm for 20 years but this year is their last hatch and they will begin selling their emus to various farms and private collectors. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

  • Starting Pioneer Pitcher Jake Hale releases a pitch against Easthampton in this triple exposure in Northfield on Thursday. Recorder/Paul Franz

    Starting Pioneer Pitcher Jake Hale releases a pitch against Easthampton in this triple exposure in Northfield on Thursday. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Fred Swedberg of Orange, who paused to put on his "tomato hat," grows and sells myriad varieties of heirloom tomatoes, as well as other flowers and plants at his home. Several signs along Route 2A east alert drivers to his offerings. Swedberg has had a garden since he was a child and has enjoyed 20 years of "heirloom fanaticism," during which he has grown over 1,000 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, his favorite being Purple Calabash for its flavor. 
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    Fred Swedberg of Orange, who paused to put on his "tomato hat," grows and sells myriad varieties of heirloom tomatoes, as well as other flowers and plants at his home. Several signs along Route 2A east alert drivers to his offerings. Swedberg has had a garden since he was a child and has enjoyed 20 years of "heirloom fanaticism," during which he has grown over 1,000 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, his favorite being Purple Calabash for its flavor. (Recorder/Matt Burkhartt) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Steam rises as Adam Martin of Martin's Farm Composting and Mulch turns over one of the wind rows of compost at his Greenfield farm on 341 Plain Road. He converts organic waste into fertile compost in a three-month process. This Saturday he is holding an open house at the farm until 1 p.m., allowing people to see and learn about the composting process from beginning to end by giving hayrides. 
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    Steam rises as Adam Martin of Martin's Farm Composting and Mulch turns over one of the wind rows of compost at his Greenfield farm on 341 Plain Road. He converts organic waste into fertile compost in a three-month process. This Saturday he is holding an open house at the farm until 1 p.m., allowing people to see and learn about the composting process from beginning to end by giving hayrides. (Recorder/Paul Franz) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Cliche comes to life on this Northfield horse farm on Wednesday where the grass seems greener, or at least more plentiful, on the other side of the fence.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    Cliche comes to life on this Northfield horse farm on Wednesday where the grass seems greener, or at least more plentiful, on the other side of the fence. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • This squirrel was seen in the middle of Route 2 in Gill on Wednesday with a discarded yogurt container stuck firmly on its head. Litter like this presents a hazard for wildlife with even food scraps attracting them to highway. The photographer stopped traffic and freed the critter, which scampered right off.  (Recorder/Paul Franz)

    This squirrel was seen in the middle of Route 2 in Gill on Wednesday with a discarded yogurt container stuck firmly on its head. Litter like this presents a hazard for wildlife with even food scraps attracting them to highway. The photographer stopped traffic and freed the critter, which scampered right off. (Recorder/Paul Franz) Purchase photo reprints »

  • The demolition of the former Hapco Building on Olive Street was almost complete as of Wednesday afternoon. 
(Recorder/Paul Franz)

    The demolition of the former Hapco Building on Olive Street was almost complete as of Wednesday afternoon. (Recorder/Paul Franz) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Mae Sobieski, 2, of Greenfield, jumps into the arms of family friend Erin Cowles of Northampton as the two play in a dandelion-dotted field in Greenfield on Tuesday. 
 Recorder/Paul Franz

    Mae Sobieski, 2, of Greenfield, jumps into the arms of family friend Erin Cowles of Northampton as the two play in a dandelion-dotted field in Greenfield on Tuesday. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

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