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Twins Bella and Delia Ekblom, 6, teamed up to construct this snowman on their day off of school on Friday. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

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 on Friday. Five and a half inches of snow dropped on Greenfield, according to meteorologist Tom Bevacqua, who predicts there is more … 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 … 0

Investing to keep up with a changing world

Friday, February 5, 2016

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 … 0

This warm weather is sweet: Sap flowing early for some this sugaring season

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

CHARLEMONT — The calendar had barely flipped to February, but Bill and Norma Coli were already seeing a steady drip of sap, as temperatures Monday broke 50 degrees. But Coli, who has been maple sugaring with his wife … 0

White House announces $1 billion for opioid crisis, in part dedicated to rural areas

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

GREENFIELD — Against the backdrop of a deepening opioid addiction crisis that claimed the lives of an estimated 1,173 Massachusetts residents in 2014, the White House announced Tuesday that President Barack Obama’s budget for 2017 will include $1.1 … 0

Quabbin snake island idea gives some creepy-crawlies

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

ORANGE — Some who frequent the Quabbin Reservoir view with suspicion the state’s proposal to stock an island there with endangered rattlesnakes. The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife proposal calls for the breeding and re-introduction of 150 timber … 0

Website gives Warwick taxpayers transparency

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

WARWICK — Warwick residents can now review the town’s financial and demographic data on a national website without much hassle. Town Coordinator David Young added a town account on www.cleargov.com so taxpayers can better understand how their taxes have been or plan to be spent. Other Franklin County … 0

Bishop visits Holy Trinity Church for re-dedication Mass

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

GREENFIELD — When Holy Trinity Church, the mother church of all Franklin County Catholic parishes, held a re-dedication ceremony to mark the completion of a six-month renovation, it was attended by two bishops and hundreds of parishioners. “It … 0

Human Rights panel continues forums on racism

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Human Rights Commission will host what it’s billing as a First Community Forum on Overcoming Racism, on Monday evening at 6 p.m. at the Town Hall. The forum is in furtherance of the commission’s recommendations of Jan. 11, following two forums on the controversy … 0

88-year-old N.H. man arraigned following fatal Bernardston crash

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

BERNARDSTON — An 88-year-old Hindsdale, N.H., man was arraigned on charges of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation in Greenfield District Court Tuesday after he allegedly caused a November accident that claimed the life of a Connecticut man. Police say Robert N. Howe was driving a 1999 Buick … 0

Rosenberg disappointed in UMass system funding in Baker budget proposal

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

AMHERST — State Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg on Monday criticized Gov. Charlie Baker for a “woefully inadequate” and “disappointing” increase for the University of Massachusetts in his budget proposal for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Baker’s … 0

Extra street-sweeping money to be used to clear Murphy Park brush pile

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

GREENFIELD — By the end of the week, a large pile of tree brush that’s been sitting in Murphy Park for nearly 10 years will be cleaned up, according to Department of Public Works Director Donald Ouellette. “It’s a huge impact and we’ve actually run out of room … 0

Warwick clerk to hold extra hours on voter registration deadline day

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

WARWICK — Feb. 10 is the deadline to register to vote if town residents want to participate in the Massachusetts presidential primary on March 1. It is also the deadline for registered voters who wish to change their party enrollment either to another party or to “unenrolled,” which … 0