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Green River Festival: reaching new heights

Over the past 29 years, the Green River Festival has become an institution in western Massachusetts, the go-to outdoor musical event of the summer. What started as a modest two-band concert in 1986 has grown into a three-day … 0

Australis Aquaculture swimming in business

TURNERS FALLS — Cawing seagulls circle over a sea-sprayed wooden dock while bearded men wearing skullcaps and tall rubber wading boots use long nets to unload the day’s catch. A thick rope holds their small boat in place … 0

Greenfield to hire 36 teens thanks to state grant

GREENFIELD — The town has received a grant from the state attorney general’s office that the mayor plans to use to hire local youths to work as camp counselors and to help various town departments and on the community farm. Mayor William Martin said the $4,950 grant will … 0

Micro gardens offer fresh food for all

TURNERS FALLS — After nearly 25 years of research, a local scientist has developed a sustainable system for growing food with an eye to ending world hunger. Dr. Ganisher Abbasov, of Northampton, will sell the system, which allows … 0

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    • Inspired by a famous photo of construction workers eating lunch on a steel girder high above New York City, these men have lunch high above the Hope Street sidewalk near where they are working. 
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      Inspired by a famous photo of construction workers eating lunch on a steel girder high above New York City, these men have lunch high above the Hope Street sidewalk near where they are working. (Recorder/Paul Franz) Purchase photo reprints »

    • Linda Herrera, of Shelburne, lifts up her granddaughter Mia Lahr, 7, of Mountainview California, so she can look through the coin-operated binoculars giving her a southward view of the Connecticut River from the south Sugarloaf observation tower Wednesday July 1. Mia Lahr and her twin sister, Sara Lahr, also 7, were visiting the area for the first time with their mother Susan Zeng. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

      Linda Herrera, of Shelburne, lifts up her granddaughter Mia Lahr, 7, of Mountainview California, so she can look through the coin-operated binoculars giving her a southward view of the Connecticut River from the south Sugarloaf observation tower Wednesday July 1. Mia Lahr and her twin sister, Sara Lahr, also 7, were visiting the area for the first time with their mother Susan Zeng. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

    • Cayden Lehtomaki, 10, of Turners Falls, his cousin, Aiden Hubbard, 8, of Westfield and Mason Lehtomaki, 8, fish off of a ledge at Unity Park in Turners Falls, Monday June 29. The cousins were there with Hubbard's father, Mike Hubbard and his mother, Paula Brezezinski. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

      Cayden Lehtomaki, 10, of Turners Falls, his cousin, Aiden Hubbard, 8, of Westfield and Mason Lehtomaki, 8, fish off of a ledge at Unity Park in Turners Falls, Monday June 29. The cousins were there with Hubbard's father, Mike Hubbard and his mother, Paula Brezezinski. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

    • Deliah Rosel of Conway paddles upstream on the Deerfield River near the Stillwater section with her dog, B'tesha, as co-pilot. Recorder/Paul Franz

      Deliah Rosel of Conway paddles upstream on the Deerfield River near the Stillwater section with her dog, B'tesha, as co-pilot. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

    • Rafters from Zoar Outdoor jump from one raft to the next as they drift downteh Connecticut River near the French King Bridge on Monday. Recorder/Paul Franz

      Rafters from Zoar Outdoor jump from one raft to the next as they drift downteh Connecticut River near the French King Bridge on Monday. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

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Balloonist Richard Guisto of Areostat Promotions takes a couple on a ride over the Connecticut River from Whately to Sunderland.

      Glenn Woods photo Balloonist Richard Guisto of Areostat Promotions takes a couple on a ride over the Connecticut River from Whately to Sunderland.

    • Farm workers work in a field on Mill Village Road near Historic Deerfield Monday June 22. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

      Farm workers work in a field on Mill Village Road near Historic Deerfield Monday June 22. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

    • These wild turkies were perhaps sunning themselves, or contemplating crossing,  as they perch on a rock on the Deerfield River in Charlemont. Recorder/Paul Franz

      These wild turkies were perhaps sunning themselves, or contemplating crossing, as they perch on a rock on the Deerfield River in Charlemont. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

    • Sebastian Seward, 9, on left, of Ashfield, and Ben Thompson, 10, also of Ashfield, jump off of the diving board into Ashfield lake at the private beach for residents, Wednesday afternoon, June 24. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

      Sebastian Seward, 9, on left, of Ashfield, and Ben Thompson, 10, also of Ashfield, jump off of the diving board into Ashfield lake at the private beach for residents, Wednesday afternoon, June 24. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

    • Fly fishing instructor Walt Geryk of Hatfield demonstrates the Spey casting method on the Deerfield River in Charlemont on Tuesday, June 24, where he was teaching a lesson.  The method employs a longer rod that uses two hands to keep the line in front, eliminating the need for a back cast in tight spots. 
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      Fly fishing instructor Walt Geryk of Hatfield demonstrates the Spey casting method on the Deerfield River in Charlemont on Tuesday, June 24, where he was teaching a lesson. The method employs a longer rod that uses two hands to keep the line in front, eliminating the need for a back cast in tight spots. (Recorder/Paul Franz) Purchase photo reprints »

    • Kestral Osman, of Ashfield and Anja Alden of Brattleboro Vermont, both of the IBIT dance company of Brattleboro Vermont, perform a dance number at Greenfield's Energy Park Tuesday June 23. Osman and Anja will be performing at the Southern Vermont Dance Festival which takes place in Brattleboro July 16-19. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

      Kestral Osman, of Ashfield and Anja Alden of Brattleboro Vermont, both of the IBIT dance company of Brattleboro Vermont, perform a dance number at Greenfield's Energy Park Tuesday June 23. Osman and Anja will be performing at the Southern Vermont Dance Festival which takes place in Brattleboro July 16-19. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

    • Having a hand stand contest during little league Friday night at Lunt 
Field are Kiera Lewandowski, 10, of Shelburne, Ryan Blanchard, 10, of Greenfield and Isabel Miller, 10, of Greenfield. Recorder/Paul Franz

      Having a hand stand contest during little league Friday night at Lunt Field are Kiera Lewandowski, 10, of Shelburne, Ryan Blanchard, 10, of Greenfield and Isabel Miller, 10, of Greenfield. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

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