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Cars sit at the intersection of Main and Federal Streets in Greenfield Wednesday afternoon. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

Greenfield looking for fix to long traffic lights

Friday, August 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — A town councilor is leading the crusade to fix Greenfield’s traffic lights before someone gets hurt. “People sit through two or three cycles at some of the town’s intersections, and they get very impatient,” said Precinct 5 Councilor Penny Ricketts. “I’ve seen people blow through red lights because they’ve waited too long. I don’t want to see someone … 0

Pioneer may take N.H. town’s students

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Pioneer Valley Regional School’s high school program hasn’t gone unnoticed by its New Hampshire neighbors. Winchester, N.H., is considering sending its high school … 0

10 years later, reflections on Hurricane Katrina and it aftermath

Friday, August 28, 2015

“It was a sunny day. I had no cares. Everything was right with the world.” Walking down her New Orleans street with her 2-year-old daughter … 0

State court tosses local law restricting where sex offenders allowed to live

Friday, August 28, 2015

BOSTON — The state’s high court has upheld a judge’s decision to throw out a local law that severely restricts where sex offenders can live in the city of Lynn, a ruling that puts an end to a call earlier this year in Greenfield to enact similar restrictions. … 0

The past in pastel: Buckland artist focus of PVMA exhibit

Friday, August 28, 2015

DEERFIELD — A new exhibit at Memorial Hall Museum in Old Deerfield will feature five rarely displayed paintings by Robert Strong Woodward, a painter who lived in Buckland. The paintings are all privately owned and depict scenes from … 0

Buckland selectmen reaffirm pipeline vote

Friday, August 28, 2015

BUCKLAND — After deciding not to join Pipeline Awareness for the Northeast (PLAN-NE), a group opposed to the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline, the Board of Selectmen reluctantly agreed to “reaffirm” a special town meeting vote taken last summer calling for selectmen to oppose the Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s high-pressure … 0

Ashfield mulls $2.3 million broadband cost

Friday, August 28, 2015

ASHFIELD — The $2.3 million spending request for Ashfield’s share of the estimated $3.7 million needed for a town-wide fiber optic broadband network will be the largest capital outlay in the town’s history, Finance Committee member David Newell told about 75 townspeople this week, at a meeting to … 0

Full-day infant and toddler care coming to Turners

Friday, August 28, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — With working parents in mind, Community Action is changing its half-day preschool program on Central Street into an all-day infant and toddler program. Community Action’s Parent-Child Development Center on Central Street in Turners Falls will … 0

Suspect arrested in farm stand theft

Friday, August 28, 2015

DEERFIELD — Deerfield police have arrested a Palmer man in connection with the theft of a cash box from a local farm stand this week. Ryan Scott was arrested on a warrant Thursday afternoon at his place of … 0

Police locate lost hiker on Mount Sugarloaf

Friday, August 28, 2015

DEERFIELD — Police located a lost hiker on Mount Sugarloaf Friday after the Amherst resident called 911 just after noon. Deerfield Police Officer Adam Sokoloski said the hiker ended up about two miles away from her vehicle. According to a Facebook post by Deerfield police, officer Brian Ravish … 0

New England National Scenic Trail map published

Friday, August 28, 2015

The first-ever map and guide to the New England National Scenic Trail has just been published by the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Connecticut Forest and Park Association. The three-map set and guide includes 20 suggested hikes and covers the 215-mile-long trail in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts . … 0

UMass football player Da’Sean Downey to be arraigned in October in connection with altercation that injured 2 students

Friday, August 28, 2015

AMHERST — A linebacker for the University of Massachusetts football team will be arraigned in October on assault charges stemming from an altercation at a Hadley house party earlier this year that left one victim temporarily unconscious and … 0

Faith Matters: ‘Enough is enough!’

Friday, August 28, 2015

(Editor's note: The following is a submission to The Recorder's weekly column titled “Faith Matters.” Each Saturday, a different faith leader in Franklin County offers a personal religious perspective in this space. An accompanying sidebar offers a brief … 0