State report: Dobelle raided public funds for own use many times

WESTFIELD — Westfield State University’s ex-president who resigned after reports of extravagant spending of public money, repeatedly abused his authority, exploited more than $180,000 of public money for personal use and violated the public trust, according inspector general. … 0

Mahar Pond dam repair work gets funding

ORANGE — Five years after it was noted for infrastructure inadequacies, Mahar Pond dam will get $100,000 from the state for repairs. The House and Senate voted Tuesday to override the governor’s veto of earmarked money for the Office of Dam Safety, which included money for the Mahar … 0

Turners Falls says no more commerical truck traffic on First Street

TURNERS FALLS — There should be no further rumblings of heavy truck traffic between Unity Park and the bike path. The Montague Board of Selectmen has approved the police chief’s request to ban commercial truck traffic up and down First Street, a steep downhill stretch cutting the corner … 0

Farm-to-table dinner on the farm tonight

WHATELY — Imagine an on-the-farm dinner that benefits Community Involved Sustaining Agriculture ... tonight. The second annual “In the Fields Under the Stars” dinner at Enterprise Farm, 72 River Road, will begin at 5 p.m. with a wine-and-cheese hour and live music by “Milk Bottle,” followed by a … 0

  • This weekend, you can help fill a trailer for the Food Bank of Western Mass. at the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church in South Deerfield.  The drive, which began last weekend, is to help with a shortage of food while children are out of school and not receiving free breakfast or lunches through their  schools. The church hopes to fill a 10-by 12-foot van with nonperishable foods. Collection hours are Saturday 2 to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. to noon.
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    This weekend, you can help fill a trailer for the Food Bank of Western Mass. at the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church in South Deerfield. The drive, which began last weekend, is to help with a shortage of food while children are out of school and not receiving free breakfast or lunches through their schools. The church hopes to fill a 10-by 12-foot van with nonperishable foods. Collection hours are Saturday 2 to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. to noon. (Recorder/Paul Franz) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Miniature donkey Delilah, 4, peers out of her pen at the Craig Equestrian Center in Leverett on Tuesday as pen-partner Jenny Jelly Bean, 20, hangs back.
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    Miniature donkey Delilah, 4, peers out of her pen at the Craig Equestrian Center in Leverett on Tuesday as pen-partner Jenny Jelly Bean, 20, hangs back. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • A group powerboat tubes on Lake Wyola in Shutesbury.
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    A group powerboat tubes on Lake Wyola in Shutesbury. (Recorder/Micky Bedell) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Rebecca Kern of Greenfield takes her daughter Cora, 1¾, down a slide on the new Federal Street School playground while her husband Will cheers them on.
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    Rebecca Kern of Greenfield takes her daughter Cora, 1¾, down a slide on the new Federal Street School playground while her husband Will cheers them on. (Recorder/Micky Bedell) Purchase photo reprints »

  • A honeybee pollinates a wild flower growing alongside Mill Village Road in Deerfield..
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    A honeybee pollinates a wild flower growing alongside Mill Village Road in Deerfield.. (Recorder/Micky Bedell) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Hunter, a 11-year-old cocker spaniel, fetches a stick for owner John Suron of Old Deerfield at Cranberry Pond in Sunderland on Tuesday.
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    Hunter, a 11-year-old cocker spaniel, fetches a stick for owner John Suron of Old Deerfield at Cranberry Pond in Sunderland on Tuesday. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • A cow stands along a puddle-strewn road behind the Upinngil Farm Store in Gill on Monday following the storm.
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    A cow stands along a puddle-strewn road behind the Upinngil Farm Store in Gill on Monday following the storm. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Crews have begun dismantling the classroom wing of the old Greenfield High School after removing hazardous materials on Monday. Recorder/Paul Franz

    Crews have begun dismantling the classroom wing of the old Greenfield High School after removing hazardous materials on Monday. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • An old, rusty tractor sits decoratively in front of a patch of sunflowers along Main Road in Gill.
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    An old, rusty tractor sits decoratively in front of a patch of sunflowers along Main Road in Gill. (Recorder/Micky Bedell) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Two lighted boats float through Barton Cove on Saturday night as part of Franklin County Boat Club's Christmas in July show. The boat parade was followed by a fireworks display, all visible from Unity Park in Turners Falls. 
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    Two lighted boats float through Barton Cove on Saturday night as part of Franklin County Boat Club's Christmas in July show. The boat parade was followed by a fireworks display, all visible from Unity Park in Turners Falls. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Atticus Dejesus, 1, kisses a sheep at Yankee Doodle Days in Charlemont at the fairgrounds on Sunday.
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    Atticus Dejesus, 1, kisses a sheep at Yankee Doodle Days in Charlemont at the fairgrounds on Sunday. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Connor Johnson, 3, of Athol flings paint at a canvas during a Quabbin Harvest Community Market food and art event on the lawn of the Moore-Leland library in North Orange on Saturday. Co-op board member Manuel King led the effort to create the art piece, entitled "Cooperation," which over 20 people helped make by splattering and dripping paint. The Co-op hopes to open its new doors in Orange to the public in late August.
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    Connor Johnson, 3, of Athol flings paint at a canvas during a Quabbin Harvest Community Market food and art event on the lawn of the Moore-Leland library in North Orange on Saturday. Co-op board member Manuel King led the effort to create the art piece, entitled "Cooperation," which over 20 people helped make by splattering and dripping paint. The Co-op hopes to open its new doors in Orange to the public in late August. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »