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Experts offer legal, technical advice to communities in pipeline’s path

GREENFIELD — Although less heated than many forums about the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project that would cross eight Franklin County towns, a two-hour meeting hosted by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments raised several legal and technical considerations for many of the roughly 60 municipal officials and … 0

Knowledge over stigma: Franklin County Opioid Task Force focuses on changing perceptions of addiction

GREENFIELD — Why don’t people get help for addiction? Because they get treated like addicts. Tuesday’s meeting of the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin focused on changing minds by looking at how minds work, with Dr. Ruth Potee of Valley Medical Group laying … 0

Greenfield mayor beaming over Solar Challenge, says he’s ‘very happy’ with program’s success

GREENFIELD — Mayor William Martin says the town’s three-month-long Solar Challenge, which ended late last year, was a great success. Martin said he is pleased that 58 residents and businesses — mostly residents — signed contracts for a … 0

Trailers burn at Heath vacation campsite

HEATH — A small cooking fire and dry weather conditions beyond anything he’s seen in the Northeast destroyed five trailers in a seasonal camp and damaged a neighboring sixth trailer, said Fire Chief Michael Smith. The fire at 8 Lakeview drive began with a small cooking fire in … 0

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  • 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. 
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    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 »

  • The Water Dance dancers perform in an area on the east side of the Iron Bridge, behind the Great Falls Discovery Center, Saturday May 16. The Water Dance was choreographed by Phyllis Labanowski and was part of the River's Song celebration. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

    The Water Dance dancers perform in an area on the east side of the Iron Bridge, behind the Great Falls Discovery Center, Saturday May 16. The Water Dance was choreographed by Phyllis Labanowski and was part of the River's Song celebration. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

Beautifully written Samantha Wood , thank you! This series is great, a little bird's eye peek into someone new to gardening trying...(full comment)

Room to grow: Digging that first arrival at the garden

Sounds lovely. Too bad you forgot to mention the constant police and ambulance trips up and down Leyden Road accompanied by lights...(full comment)

Thousands settle in for music, fun at Strangecreek