His days all along the watchtower

Sunday, April 20, 2014

SHELBURNE — Looking out the window all day at work might result in a reprimand for most, but it’s exactly what Herman “Butch” Meattey is paid to do. Meattey keeps a watchful eye over the county from the Shelburne fire tower on Mount Massamet, about 1,695 feet above sea level. It’s one of three fire towers in Franklin County and, … 0

Students would prep for Mohawk

Sunday, April 20, 2014

BUCKLAND — To be sure future tuition-paying students from China could flourish at Mohawk Trail Regional School, Mohawk is working on a “2 plus 1” … 0

Northfield’s flag flies at Statehouse

Sunday, April 20, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Local sixthgraders travelled to the Statehouse to see their town’s new flag unfurled. The annual field trip to Boston took on a special … 0

Council OKs $1.5M for capital projects

Thursday, April 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — The town will soon begin repairing sidewalks in the Washington Street area, repairing a school roof and replacing another, purchasing some equipment it needs, repairing and replacing water mains throughout town, and doing the engineering it needs to repair Nashs Mill Road bridge. Town Council has … 0

New Montague Book Mill eatery offers view, locally based cuisine

Thursday, April 17, 2014

MONTAGUE CENTER — Visitors to the village center can now enjoy all-American cuisine while overlooking the rushing waters of the Sawmill River in an old historic mill. The Alvah Stone has opened its doors at the Montague Mill, … 0

Yankee Mattress opens Greenfield site

Thursday, April 17, 2014

By ANITA FRITZ Recorder Staff GREENFIELD — Joseph Noblit was a one-man show when he first opened Yankee Mattress Factory in 1999, but today he employs seven people, and has opened a third showroom — in Greenfield. Noblit’s … 0

Conway proposes $140,242 hike to annual budget

Thursday, April 17, 2014

CONWAY — Townspeople will be asked to spend $140,242 more next year for the town’s budget. The draft budget proposes $4,915,985 in spending for the year that begins July 1. The budget would increase by 2.85 percent over the current year. Townspeople will be asked to approve the … 0

Neighbors: Easter community meal open to all

Thursday, April 17, 2014

First, I’d just like to wish everyone a happy Easter, happy Passover or happy spring, whichever you prefer. Then, I’d like to get right to telling you about some upcoming events, because there are plenty. EVERYONE IS WELCOME … 0

Baystate Franklin takes safety precautions after Springfield measles case

Thursday, April 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — A case of measles discovered earlier this month in Springfield has led to increased safety precautions at Baystate Franklin Medical Center and its medical practices, the hospital said Thursday. For the past week, employees have screened everyone entering the facilities for any “symptoms that could potentially … 0

Nine seeking re-election in Monroe

Thursday, April 17, 2014

MONROE — Nine incumbents are seeking another run for office in this town of about 120 people. There are no contests, but there are two vacancies: one is a three-year School Committee seat, the other is a two-year term on the Board of Assessors/Zoning Board of Appeals. Elections … 0

UMass united: LGBTQ support rally draws 1,000+ while Westboro church sends 5 picketers

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

AMHERST — The Westboro Baptist Church’s anti-gay protest at the University of Massachusetts came and went quickly and without incident Wednesday, while a rally supporting the campus’ gay community drew over 1,000 people. The two events were sparked … 0

Greenfield has second shot at Meadows Golf Course

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — It looks like the town will have another shot at purchasing the 80-year-old Meadows Golf Course on Deerfield Street. The Town Council gave the mayor the “go-ahead” Wednesday night after Mayor William Martin told councilors that … 0

Erving police sgt. resigns following suspension

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

ERVING — Sgt. Corey Greene has resigned from the police force, saying the town forced his hand by suspending him from work. “This is an involuntary resignation because in my opinion I have been, in fact, constructively discharged,” Greene wrote in a letter of resignation addressed to Police … 0