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Ag commissioner tells CISA crowd administration ready to dig in

NORTHAMPTON — Though the number might seem small, newly-appointed state agricultural commissioner John Lebeaux said a recent 1 percent increase in the number of farms in the Pioneer Valley is a “trend in the right direction.” In his … 0

Biz leaders discuss regional economic development plan

Friday’s gathering of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce was an opportunity for about 100 business leaders from around the region to learn about regional economic development planning here. Like many of its monthly breakfast meetings, the presentation on how the 2015 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy is being … 0

NELCWIT seeks more state funding

GREENFIELD — The New England Learning Center for Women in Transition joined its statewide partner agencies in asking for an additional $6.134 million in state money for sexual and domestic violence services to fill gaps in services. The funding request would increase the ability of local programs to … 0

Shelburne hears calls for more flexible solar bylaw

SHELBURNE — In contrast to past public hearings on wind turbine bylaws, those attending last week’s Planning Board hearing for a bylaw regulating “large-scale” electricity-generating solar farms voiced concerns that the proposal would limit solar energy opportunities in this town. Energy consultant John Walsh of Main Street praised … 0

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  • Competitors in the Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon exit the water after finishing the kayaking leg at Berkshire East Mountain Resort Saturday. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

    Competitors in the Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon exit the water after finishing the kayaking leg at Berkshire East Mountain Resort Saturday. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

  • A group of teenagers walk past Manna House restaurant on Bank Row in Greenfield at sunset in Greenfield Monday evening. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

    A group of teenagers walk past Manna House restaurant on Bank Row in Greenfield at sunset in Greenfield Monday evening. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

  • Bruce Stetson of Stetson Mill Work in Shelburne installs a door closer on the door he restored at the Shelburne Free Public Library in Shelburne Center.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    Bruce Stetson of Stetson Mill Work in Shelburne installs a door closer on the door he restored at the Shelburne Free Public Library in Shelburne Center. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Bo and Bill, German Sport Ponies, pull Peter Bravmann and Roger Kasbo up Shelburne Falls Rd in Conway on Thursday. The dog is Lady. Recorder/Paul Franz

    Bo and Bill, German Sport Ponies, pull Peter Bravmann and Roger Kasbo up Shelburne Falls Rd in Conway on Thursday. The dog is Lady. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Fifth Grade students at the Northfield Elementary School were treated to a little historical theater by the Freedon Trail 
Foundation.  Tim Hoover and Aimee Rose Ranger played several historical and hysterical figures and involved the students in their rendition of the events leading up to the Revolutionary War in Boston.   Recorder/Paul Franz

    Fifth Grade students at the Northfield Elementary School were treated to a little historical theater by the Freedon Trail Foundation. Tim Hoover and Aimee Rose Ranger played several historical and hysterical figures and involved the students in their rendition of the events leading up to the Revolutionary War in Boston. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Recorder/Paul Franz 
Another sign of spring, a little brown bat hangs on the brick of a Greenfield building a few inches from a crevice between buildings. It may have emerged from with the warm weather.

    Recorder/Paul Franz Another sign of spring, a little brown bat hangs on the brick of a Greenfield building a few inches from a crevice between buildings. It may have emerged from with the warm weather. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Tamara Grogan, a French teacher at Greenfield High School pauses while clearing snow off of the tennis courts while the boys tennis team practices on the other side Tuesday afternoon. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

    Tamara Grogan, a French teacher at Greenfield High School pauses while clearing snow off of the tennis courts while the boys tennis team practices on the other side Tuesday afternoon. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

  • Cameron Tucker of Turners Falls sets a tip up while ice fishing at Barton Cove in Gill Monday March 23. Tucker, who is hoping for Walleye and Pike began fishing at 5 a.m. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

    Cameron Tucker of Turners Falls sets a tip up while ice fishing at Barton Cove in Gill Monday March 23. Tucker, who is hoping for Walleye and Pike began fishing at 5 a.m. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

  • Sculptures welcome those visiting the Just Roots Farm and Camp Kewannee in Greenfield. Recorder/Paul Franz

    Sculptures welcome those visiting the Just Roots Farm and Camp Kewannee in Greenfield. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Spring has sprung at 26 Hartwell St. in Bernardston
photo courtesy of Donna Newton

    Spring has sprung at 26 Hartwell St. in Bernardston photo courtesy of Donna Newton

  • Bill Wall of Buckland loads the evaporator while John Stevens checks the consistency of the boiling maple sap at Gould's Sugar House in Shelburne on the first day of boiling this year. Recorder/Paul Franz

    Bill Wall of Buckland loads the evaporator while John Stevens checks the consistency of the boiling maple sap at Gould's Sugar House in Shelburne on the first day of boiling this year. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Sarah Beckwith, 4, and her brother Sean, 6, of Leyden sled down a hill near Ashfield Lake on Sunday, March 8, while their father (not shown) ice fishes. Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Sarah Beckwith, 4, and her brother Sean, 6, of Leyden sled down a hill near Ashfield Lake on Sunday, March 8, while their father (not shown) ice fishes. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »

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Berkshire Gas extends freeze to Sunderland