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Multi-level partnership could include 1,600 acres in Northfield

NORTHFIELD — Local, state and national agencies are teaming up to protect 1,600 acres of local forestland. This spring, the nationwide nonprofit Trust for Public Land inked a purchase agreement with the Northfield Mount Hermon School, which owns the large, hilly forest in the northeast corner of the … 0

Land trust guards 750 acres in Hawley

HAWLEY — Alice Stuart Parker Pyle has plenty of memories gleaned from decades on Singing Brook Farm, from the cows, chickens, pigs and turkeys that remained from the time when her family bought the 500-acre spread in 1919, … 0

Neighbors: Head to the North Quabbin for some summer fun

Hello neighbor. I was really excited to read last week that the North Quabbin will be getting some help from the state to boost tourism. It’s such a beautiful area — and you all know how much I love the Quabbin Reservoir. There are other attractions in that … 0

Deerfield looks to sell surplus property

DEERFIELD — In an effort to help bolster the town’s finances, Deerfield is planning to unload a number of town-owned properties for which it has no use. Richard Calisewski, the town’s Board of Health agent who has been tasked with identifying the properties by the Board of Selectmen, … 0

  • A father steers his son into the spray of the Greenfield Fire Truck on Saturday during Summerfest.
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    A father steers his son into the spray of the Greenfield Fire Truck on Saturday during Summerfest. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • Attorney General candidate Maura Healey introduces herself to Greenfield residents at Summerfest on Saturday.
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    Attorney General candidate Maura Healey introduces herself to Greenfield residents at Summerfest on Saturday. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • James Byron of TMI Services inches up Route 2 in Gill while laying down white paint laced with reflective crystals into a shallow groove that had been cut into the pavement earlier. Traffic was limited to one lane around the rolling operation on Friday afternoon. 
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    James Byron of TMI Services inches up Route 2 in Gill while laying down white paint laced with reflective crystals into a shallow groove that had been cut into the pavement earlier. Traffic was limited to one lane around the rolling operation on Friday afternoon. (Recorder/Paul Franz) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Allison Bardwell, 17, of Whately picks blueberries in Quonquont Farm and Orchard’s pick-your-own blueberry patch on Wednesday to sell in the farm stand. It was the first day of public blueberry picking at Quonquont, with the bushes sporting berries at a variety of ripeness.
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    Allison Bardwell, 17, of Whately picks blueberries in Quonquont Farm and Orchard’s pick-your-own blueberry patch on Wednesday to sell in the farm stand. It was the first day of public blueberry picking at Quonquont, with the bushes sporting berries at a variety of ripeness. (Recorder/Micky Bedell) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Puppeteer Deborah Costine performs at the Dickinson Memorial Library in Northfield on Wednesday for a crowd of over 30 children using a seven-foot paper mache tree as her stage for the story of Mossy the twig girl and her family.
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    Puppeteer Deborah Costine performs at the Dickinson Memorial Library in Northfield on Wednesday for a crowd of over 30 children using a seven-foot paper mache tree as her stage for the story of Mossy the twig girl and her family. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

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A three-car accident occurred in front of the Mohawk Trail McDonald’s at 6:40 p.m. Thursday night, sending one man to Baystate Franklin Medical Center with minor injuries. According to the Greenfield Police Department, a car being driven by Phillip Ruderman, 56, of Pittsfield was traveling east on Rt. 2 at a high rate of speed when it struck the right rear end of a Toyota driven by Judith Slowinski, 59, of Colrain. Ruderman’s car became airborne and rolled over one and a half time before striking the third vehicle, a Chevrolet driven by Lindsey Adamski, 26, of Greenfield. Ruderman was transported to Baystate Franklin with minor injuries and given a civil citation for the accident.

    Submitted photo A three-car accident occurred in front of the Mohawk Trail McDonald’s at 6:40 p.m. Thursday night, sending one man to Baystate Franklin Medical Center with minor injuries. According to the Greenfield Police Department, a car being driven by Phillip Ruderman, 56, of Pittsfield was traveling east on Rt. 2 at a high rate of speed when it struck the right rear end of a Toyota driven by Judith Slowinski, 59, of Colrain. Ruderman’s car became airborne and rolled over one and a half time before striking the third vehicle, a Chevrolet driven by Lindsey Adamski, 26, of Greenfield. Ruderman was transported to Baystate Franklin with minor injuries and given a civil citation for the accident.

  • Ivan Miller of New York City paddles across Ashfield Lake during a recent visit with his sister, who lives in Greenfield.
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    Ivan Miller of New York City paddles across Ashfield Lake during a recent visit with his sister, who lives in Greenfield. (Recorder/Micky Bedell) Purchase photo reprints »

  • A family of wild turkeys crosses Lucy Fiske Road in Shelburne on Tuesday. In a letter to his daughter Sarah Bache on January 26, 1784, Benjamin Franklin expressed the idea he preferred the turkey as a national symbol over the bald eagle. “For in Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America ... He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on,” Franklin wrote.
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    A family of wild turkeys crosses Lucy Fiske Road in Shelburne on Tuesday. In a letter to his daughter Sarah Bache on January 26, 1784, Benjamin Franklin expressed the idea he preferred the turkey as a national symbol over the bald eagle. “For in Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America ... He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on,” Franklin wrote. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • An Australian Shepherd named Riley makes his way back from a dip in the river off Mill Village Road in Deerfield on Tuesday.  Riley has a harmless genetic disorder called heterochromia, which causes two different-colored eyes..
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    An Australian Shepherd named Riley makes his way back from a dip in the river off Mill Village Road in Deerfield on Tuesday. Riley has a harmless genetic disorder called heterochromia, which causes two different-colored eyes.. (Recorder/Micky Bedell) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Sunflowers grow on J.M. Pasiecnik Farms along River Road in Whately.
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    Sunflowers grow on J.M. Pasiecnik Farms along River Road in Whately. (Recorder/Micky Bedell) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Emily Brewster of Greenfield and her son Theo Janke, 3, go for a bike ride down the waterfront side of Unity Park in Turners Falls on Monday. Brewster said her son has always been fascinated with bikes, and started riding on a balance bike at age 2.
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    Emily Brewster of Greenfield and her son Theo Janke, 3, go for a bike ride down the waterfront side of Unity Park in Turners Falls on Monday. Brewster said her son has always been fascinated with bikes, and started riding on a balance bike at age 2. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

  • N’ataiah Vazquez, 6, dances in the full blast of the water feature at Unity Park in Turners Falls on Monday, running in, fully clothed, on a hot day.
(Recorder/Micky Bedell)

    N’ataiah Vazquez, 6, dances in the full blast of the water feature at Unity Park in Turners Falls on Monday, running in, fully clothed, on a hot day. (Recorder/Micky Bedell) Purchase photo reprints »