Zombies penetrate Sunderland maze: A reporter’s narrow escape

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Stalks swayed in the night breeze as our tractor snaked through the dense cornfield, the brushy rattling sound they produced giving us the sensation that we were being followed. As the reporter covering southern Franklin County for The Recorder, I jumped into action when I heard that parts of Sunderland had been invaded by zombies. If the rumors … 0

Deerfield Health Board votes to ban proposed pipeline

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DEERFIELD — Deerfield’s Board of Health voted Wednesday night to ban construction of a proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. natural gas pipeline within the town’s … 0

Whately deadlocks on consensus building

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WHATELY — Voters this week deadlocked over a plan to spend money on consensus building. Town Moderator Paul Fleuriel had to break at 23-23 tie … 0

Artists ask: What’s going to happen to Arts Block?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — Artists throughout the county and beyond are waiting to hear whether the Arts Block will survive and continue as is so that they have a place in the heart of Greenfield in which to perform. Edward Wierzbowski, owner of the Arts Block on the corner of … 0

At Arms’ Length: The Photography of Masha Arms

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DEERFIELD — On the wall of the Flynt Gallery in Deerfield’s Memorial Hall Museum hangs a photograph depicting a young girl with a cloth shawl draped over her head. The image, captured in 1942, hangs among a few … 0

New charges for alleged insurance fraud ringleader

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — The alleged leader of an auto insurance fraud ring has been indicted on nearly 30 new charges. Lefen “Helen” Chen, 55, of Flushing, N.Y., is scheduled to be arraigned on 29 new charges of insurance fraud, perjury and conspiracy Wednesday. Chen is accused of being the … 0

Turners Falls High School hangs onto Level 2 status

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Turners Falls High School is actually a higher-ranked, Level 2 school under the state’s accountability status despite its being ranked earlier as a Level 3 school. The changed ranking was due to the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education miscalculating the school’s participation … 0

Wednesday morning crash sends one to hospital, closes I-91 lane

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — An accident on Interstate 91 put one person in the hospital and closed one lane of traffic for about an hour Wednesday morning. The accident occurred around 7:30 a.m. near exit 27. Trooper Chris Lipiec of the Massachusetts State Police Shelburne Falls barracks said a southbound … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hawley sets new town meeting date HAWLEY — Another special town meeting is set for Nov. 13 at 7 p.m., to address articles not voted upon in last week’s meeting, which was abruptly adjourned by residents after only one of 15 warrant articles was voted on. That article … 0

Iron Bridge to be repaved

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The iconic Iron Bridge is not just the main artery between Shelburne and Buckland, it’s also the only winter walkway connecting both sides of the village. Besides its role in traffic, the Iron Bridge is … 0

Mayor to give each precinct money for projects

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Each of the town’s nine precincts will soon get a boost if Town Council accepts an offer by the mayor of $130,000 from the town’s “free cash” surplus. Mayor William Martin has asked the Council to approve the $130,000, of which $10,000 would go into an … 0

Question 3 asks voters to weigh in on casino decision

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Place your bets: Will casinos in Massachusetts win money for cities and towns, or will they cost local aid through lost lottery revenue, as ballot Question 3 proponents argue? The Nov. 4 ballot question, proposing repeal of a 2011 law to license up to three resort casinos and … 0

Burglars net scratch tickets, two arrested

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Two men face felony charges after one allegedly broke into Shaw’s Mart on Main Street early Monday morning, breaking a $500 door and making off with $350 worth of scratch tickets and two packs of cigarettes. Tyrell E. Rankin, 27, listed as homeless and Patrick Rooney, … 0