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Jager, a Staffordshire Terrier, runs to his owner, Paul Buldoc, of Greenfield, pulling a beer keg during the K9 Keg Pull at Greenfield's Winter Carnival at Beacon Field, Sunday, February 7. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

Winter carnival: Hot chili, cool contests & some last-minute snow

Sunday, February 7, 2016

“Bacon!” said Amber Ortiz of Greenfield. “Man, that’s delicious,” she said after taking a bite of chili at the annual chili cook-off at Beacon Field during Greenfield’s Winter Carnival on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Ortiz is one of dozens of residents who gathered around a table to sample chili. While she says she loved all the contenders, her vote goes … 0

Lean, green learning machine: Winter farmers market hosts sustainability workshops

Sunday, February 7, 2016

GREENFIELD — The annual Greenfield Winter Fare event at the indoor Farmers Market offered much more than fresh, local foods Saturday. Visitors from all over … 0

All the region’s a stage

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Mid-life crises manifest themselves in all kinds of ways. Mine involves wearing elaborate hats, attempting to speak with Southern and Eastern European accents, and learning … 0

Seniors ambivalent about combined youth/senior center

Sunday, February 7, 2016

GREENFIELD — The idea of incorporating a youth component into the new Senior Center building, which was raised during January’s Town Council meeting, is drawing mixed reactions from seniors. While some say they are in favor of a … 0

Pioneer cuts 7 classroom paraprofessionals in preliminary budget

Sunday, February 7, 2016

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District will cut several positions to keep next year’s budget down. Superintendent Ruth Miller saved the district from spending more than $150,000 by eliminating seven union-based classroom paraprofessionals in order to keep next year’s budget increase at under 2 percent. Miller … 0

Gas pipeline opponents to walk, picket on Presidents Day

Sunday, February 7, 2016

GREENFIELD — Walkers who oppose the Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct pipeline will walk on Presidents Day, Feb. 15, from Greenfield Community College to the First Congregational Church at 43 Silver St. between 10 a.m. and noon, according … 0

In NH, Sanders tops ‘honest’ category in UMass poll

Sunday, February 7, 2016

AMHERST — More Republicans view Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders as more honest than almost all of their own candidates, according to a poll released Sunday by the University of Massachusetts Amherst and WBZ-TV in Boston. Among likely Republican voters in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, 66 percent found … 0

United Way to hold Supper For Six event Tuesday

Sunday, February 7, 2016

GREENFIELD — Kids eat — a lot. And for many poor families, the lunch they have at school may be the biggest meal they have each day. But during winter break in February, those students don’t have access to that daily meal. That’s where the United Way’s Supper … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, Feb. 1 to 5, 2016

Sunday, February 7, 2016

By BOB KATZEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE. Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ and representatives’ votes on roll calls from the week of Feb. 1 to 5. RAINY DAY FUND (S 61) — House 109-43, Senate 31-6, rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would require a two-thirds … 0

Snowstorm surprises area, dumps 5 inches

Friday, February 5, 2016

GREENFIELD — The storm that ended a snow drought and provided a white blanket for this weekend’s Winter Carnival also closed Interstate 91 for much of the day and caused a spate of minor accidents across Franklin County … 0

Greenfield Winter Carnival starts today

Friday, February 5, 2016

GREENFIELD — Call it a stroke of luck that snowfall on Friday kicked off the Greenfield Winter Carnival, which continues through the weekend. The annual event put on by the town’s recreation department includes fireworks, sleigh rides, ice … 0

Mohawk to end China program after 2 years

Friday, February 5, 2016

BUCKLAND — After a two-year trial, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District is ending efforts to attract tuition-paying Chinese high school students and its Chinese language and culture classes at Mohawk and in two elementary schools. “Mohawk is … 0

Investing to keep up with a changing world

Friday, February 5, 2016

By GEORGE FORCIER Recorder Editor Since I last penned one of these column, your daily Recorder has looked largely the same, but there’s been lots of backstage activity designed not only to get the paper out each day but also to prepare for some significant changes ahead in … 0