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Paula Sayword looks out from the ledge at Chaco Canyon where she and her partner, Karen Sims, created a funeral ritual for their granddaughter, Ashley Sims, who they raised as a daughter and lost to an accidental heroin overdose in December of 2012.

Poets of Franklin County: Soul Chant

Friday, September 19, 2014

Editor’s note: this is the second in a series of columns by Trish Crapo on poetry that explores aspects of addiction. Readers can find links to her first column on our website: www.recorder.com Ashley Sims died at the age of 22 of an accidental heroin overdose in her Greenfield apartment on Dec. 11, 2012. It was her grandmother Karen Sims’ birthday. Ashley had planned to come to Leyden that night for a celebratory dinner, said Paula Sayword, Sim’s partner and Ashley’s grandmother. “Instead, she was dead on the floor. She didn’t intend to die,” Sayword continued. “We never questioned whether it was on purpose.” Just … 0

‘Sage, Ruin, Bits of Bone’: a poem by Paula Sayword

Friday, September 19, 2014

Sage, Ruin, Bits of Bone We wanted to give you something you could not lose something that would stun you, tear the sky wide open, take you in so you could begin again, this time with your sadness washed away. But it was not to be, clouds too thick, sodden with an anguish you could not part with, an anguish sitting just inside … 0

Ashfield Film Festival showcases area filmmakers

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

You might think fledgling filmmakers don’t stand a chance at going toe-to-toe with Hollywood pros. If so, you probably haven’t been to the Ashfield Film Fest, where fancy equipment and decades of movie-making experience don’t make you a shoe-in for the win. Now in its eighth year, the festival will begin at 7 … 0

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Clubs calendar: Sept. 11 - 17

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Clubs Thursday 11 BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Bud Light Thursday Night Football at BTU with Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore on 14 TVs. 32-ounce Bud Light drafts every Thursday night for the game will enter you … 0

Poets of Franklin County: What if I were inconsolable?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Editor’s note: this is the first of a series of columns by Trish Crapo on poetry that explores aspects of addiction. Showing your poems to other people can be tricky. What if whoever’s reading your poem hates it? … 0

"Aria," a poem by Trish Crapo

Friday, September 12, 2014

Aria What if I were inconsolable? What if what happened in this life were too much for one life? Who’s to say I wouldn’t shoot that sweetness into my own veins because I know you, Aria. I know the need that lies coiled at the base of our … 0

Nell Lake’s book is for all of us

Friday, September 12, 2014

By Tinky Weisblat “The Caregivers” by Nell Lake (Scribner, 320 pages, $26.00) Former first lady Rosalynn Carter says, “There are four kinds of people in this world: those who have been caregivers, those who currently are caregivers, those … 0

Movie times: Sept. 11-17

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Editor’s Note: The movie listing deadline is the Tuesday before publication, by 3 p.m. Features@recorder.com or fax to 774-5020. Questions? Call Adam Orth at 413-772-0261, ext. 276. Please note, these listings are based on information sent us by the theaters. Double checking a theater’s website beforehand will help … 0

Sounds Local: The Stone Coyotes set to rock the Iron Horse

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Stone Coyotes, is howling again having just released its 13th album, “Rock Another Day,” this past Tuesday. This disc, which we told you about last week, is the follow up to 2012’s “A Wild Bird Flying.” Two … 1

Encores & Curtain Calls: The multifaceted UMass

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.” — Martin Luther While fall is not legally here until the 21st, the dazzling fall arts offerings throughout the region … 0

Braving the Limelight: Franklin County Fair's Got Talent

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Jan Morris of Northfield says she has always considered her talent to be writing and singing parodies. She tried several times to get her one-woman act off the ground, but her dreams always fell through because she found … 0

Arts & Entertainment Calendar: Sept. 4 to 10

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Thursday 4 Fairs & Festivals FRANKLIN COUNTY FAIR, fairgrounds, Wisdom Way, Greenfield. Thursday, Sept. 4, through Sunday, Sept. 7. Today, the gates open at 3 p.m. Thursday has a special admission of $5. A parade — starting on … 0

Club Calendar: Sept. 4 - 10

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Clubs Thursday 4 BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. NFL opening night at BTU. Bud Light 32 oz. drafts $4.25 during every Thursday Night Football game. Chance to win season-long TNF prize with each purchase. Green Bay at Seattle at 7:30 p.m. on 14 TVs. 863-2882. … 0