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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 by UMass sophomore Derrick Gordon becoming the nation’s first openly gay men’s Division I college basketball player. Five protesters, including one child, … 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 … 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 … 0

Transition back to civilian tough for this veteran

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is the last in an occasional series of stories about the homecoming experiences of local war veterans. GREENFIELD — Shannon (Hosmer) Gamlin says it hasn’t been easy returning to a life she walked away from … 0

Top finishers in River Rat Race

Monday, April 14, 2014

ORANGE — Trevor Lefever and Ben Schlimmer won the 51st annual River Rat Race Saturday in the Millers River from Orange to Athol. No times were provided to The Recorder and they were unattainable during the weekend. Matt Rudnitsky and Mike Schlimmer came in second, while Peter Heed … 0

Spring celebrated with parade and race

Sunday, April 13, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — It was a beautiful day for a run Saturday and according to organizers, 104 people turned out for a five kilometer, 3.1 mile, foot race before the annual Franklin County Spring Parade. The race, a … 0

Mahar club gears up for wilderness trek

Sunday, April 13, 2014

ORANGE — A dozen Mahar Regional School students, some parents and two staff members are preparing to take a trip to Minnesota for the seventh Wilderness Trip the Mahar Fish and Game Club has conducted since 1999. Michael Roche, a retired coach and teacher, is the club’s adviser. … 0

Fuel assistance deadline extended, more money available

Sunday, April 13, 2014

There’s still time to get help paying for heating fuel this year, after a low-income energy aid program extended its deadline by two weeks and made more money available. Peter Wingate, energy director for local anti-poverty agency Community Action, said that the organization can help people pay for … 0

Big comfort

Friday, April 11, 2014

T here are many different types of heroes. There’s the handsome “super” man who makes a grand entrance wearing a red cape and the firefighter who rushes into a burning apartment building to save a tenant’s beloved cat. … 0

Mohawk official takes G-M job

Friday, April 11, 2014

BUCKLAND — School Business Administrator Joanne Blier will be leaving the Mohawk Trail school systems as of June 30 , to take a new job as director of business and operations for the Gill-Montague Regional School District. As part of Superintendent Michael Buoniconti’s administrative team, Blier worked on … 0

Orange shooting trial goes to jury

Friday, April 11, 2014

GREENFIELD — “If you believe the defendant’s story, then Zachery Drew is Batman.” That was part of prosecutor Jeremy Bucci’s closing argument Friday as he argued that there was no way the victim of a 2012 shooting was … 0

Colrain incumbents seeking re-election

Friday, April 11, 2014

COLRAIN — Several incumbents who were undecided about running for re-election have thrown their hats back into the ring, and are on the May 5 ballot. Also, two library trustee seats are up for grabs. Selectman Eileen D. Sauvageau will be seeking her second three-year term. Other incumbents … 0

Creative force behind Artspace to take a rest

Friday, April 11, 2014

Artspace Executive Director Mary Kay Hoffman, who moved to the area 40 years ago to head the then-newly-formed Arts Council of Franklin County, has announced her retirement from the organization. Hoffman, who will turn 70 this summer and … 0