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Fiddle fest jams park

Sunday, September 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — “You all know the Red Apple Rag?” asked George Ainly, of Springfield, Vt., as he took a worn, brown fiddle and bow from Brattleboro resident Stefan Amidon, who, with an acoustic guitar resting on his lap, sat on the edge of a picnic table in the Greenfield Energy Park Saturday afternoon. “How’s that one go?” replied Nate Paine, … 0

Police work puts him in the schools

Sunday, September 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Throughout the hallways at Greenfield High School, Richard Brook works to diffuse bullying, quell potential fights and provide security plans while simultaneously building … 0

Arts, crafts and sonorous saw sounds at Old Deerfield Fall Craft Fair

Sunday, September 21, 2014

DEERFIELD — Issuing faintly from the top floor of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association museum, a faint, tremulous wail to the tune of “Dream a … 0

Water restrictions in effect for Shelburne Falls

Friday, September 19, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Water restrictions are now in effect for Shelburne Falls, because of low stream-flow conditions in the North River, near the district’s two water wells. Until further notice, nonessential outdoor water use is prohibited between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Examples of such uses include: soakers … 0

Montague hires J’Anthony to oversee Shea Theater visioning process

Friday, September 19, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The next steps in determining who operates the Shea Theater after this year will be as has been suggested over the past weeks: the town will hire a former director of the downtown community theater … 0

Montague withdraws COG petition that would have allowed barns on Hatchery Road to be rebuilt

Friday, September 19, 2014

MONTAGUE — Hard-fought plans to adjust the layout of Hatchery Road to accommodate a local couple’s plans to rebuild two Civil War-era barns destroyed by arson have evaporated. The Board of Selectmen had agreed to petition the Franklin Regional Council of Governments to adjust the layout of Hatchery … 0

State puts weight restriction on Montague’s North Leverett Road bridge

Friday, September 19, 2014

MONTAGUE — The North Leverett Road Bridge over the Sawmill River isn’t the kind of bridge you notice you’re going over, but truck drivers with vehicles over 8 tons will have to pay attention now. Town Highway Department Superintendent Bergeron said the state Department of Transportation has applied … 0

Practical purpose for mound of tires?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — A former Colorado Avenue resident says that he believes the thousands of tires found piled along the Deerfield River were put there many years ago by the property owner to stabilize the riverbank. Allan Keyes, who … 1

State to FERC: scrutinize pipeline route

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The state’s top environmental official has written to the federal government calling for careful review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s proposed Northeast Direct Natural Gas Pipeline, arguing the route is a highly sensitive environmental area. A “preliminary, non-exhaustive” state review of the route shows that it would pass through … 0

Western Mass. dino-might

Thursday, September 18, 2014

DEERFIELD — In 1835, Dexter Marsh, a local laborer, was busy at work laying slabs of stone sidewalk in Greenfield when he noticed something in the stone that piqued his interest: tiny depressions that appeared to be the … 0

Promised land

Friday, September 19, 2014

By TOM RELIHAN Recorder Staff LEYDEN — As Leyden resident Rhonda Wainshilbaum’s hitch-hiked ride snaked through the streets of Jerusalem one morning in early July, a loud siren began to ring out. “What is that?” she asked the … 0

Alice Parker going strong. Smith to celebrate alumna’s music

Friday, September 19, 2014

By STEVE PFARRER Daily Hampshire Gazette Who says your time singing in college has to end with graduation? For members of the Smith College Alumnae Chorus, launched four years ago, choral music remains a means for forging connections … 0

UMass brings discovery to all

Friday, September 19, 2014

AMHERST — Robert MacWright brings an enthusiasm for the nexus between gee whiz technology, legal logic, and the history of American entrepreneurship to his job as director of commercial ventures and intellectual property at the University of Massachusetts … 0