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‘That was insane’

Sunday, July 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Some were expecting a bigger bang than in years past, others were surprised to hear past shows weren’t what they were supposed to be. But everyone wanted to see fireworks Sunday in Greenfield. “It’s supposed to be the best ever, we’ll see,” said 42-year Beacon Street resident Carla Bernier before the show, waiting for the fireworks on her … 0

Civil War troops mark holiday

Sunday, July 5, 2015

DEERFIELD — The pungent, sour smell of gunpowder filled the air Saturday during a nine-point salute demonstration on how to load and fire an 1861 … 0

Leukemia puts 4-year-old, family on roller coaster

Sunday, July 5, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Quiet, well-behaved Indira Wiles looks and acts like a normal 4-year-old on a good day, but if her fever hits 100.4 or … 0

Nothing found after bridge, river search

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

MONTAGUE CITY — Reports of a man on the railing of the General Pierce Bridge prompted a search of the swollen Connecticut River after dark Tuesday, but police believe the man walked away. Turners Fall firefighter Trisha Dana said the Turners and Greenfield fire rescue boats searched the … 0

Recorder editor visits Leyden tonight

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The latest stop in Recorder Editor George Forcier’s summer tour of Franklin County is Thursday at the Leyden Town Hall from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. If you haven’t heard about the good-will tour, here is why the paper’s … 0

Greenfield to hire 36 teens thanks to state grant

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town has received a grant from the state attorney general’s office that the mayor plans to use to hire local youths to work as camp counselors and to help various town departments and on the community farm. Mayor William Martin said the $4,950 grant will … 0

Hawley approves school projects

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

HAWLEY — Hawley approves of spending money for a wood-pellet boiler and other renovations at the Hawlemont Regional School. The school, shared by both Hawley and Charlemont, plans to design, purchase and install a wood-pellet boiler to replace … 0

Mother, teen rescued from Green River

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — A mother and her 14-year-old child were rescued late Wednesday afternoon when they became trapped in a wooded area in the Green River in Colrain. Greenfield Fire Lt. Peter McIver said the mother and her five children, who live in Greenfield, went swimming Wednesday afternoon and … 0

Montague trash pickup unaffected by Fourth of July

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Montague town trash and recycle pick-up will not change due to the July 4th holiday this week. The holiday is observed on Saturday. However, the town’s Recycle/Transfer Station will be closed Saturday in observance of the holiday. … 0

Gill office closings

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

GILL — The town clerk’s office and the Board of Assessor’s office will be closed the week of July 6 and resume normal business hours July 13. … 0

Town, union in standoff over laid-off teachers’ canceled insurance

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — The lines of the original dispute between the union and town and school administration remain drawn essentially as they were at the start. A teacher’s union representative threatened legal action earlier this week, saying recently laid-off teachers unexpectedly lost health insurance they were entitled to through … 0

Bigger bang: Fireworks display expected to be longer and better this year

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town is about to get “the best” fireworks display it has ever seen, according to the mayor and the town’s recreation director. Mayor William Martin said the New Hampshire company that short-changed Greenfield for the … 0

Hospital get $450K for surgical wing: 2 donations bring total to $3.5M

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center just got two big donations toward its campaign to raise $5 million locally for its new surgical wing. Greenfield Savings Bank made a commitment of $250,000 and the Baystate Franklin Auxiliary pledged $200,000. These gifts bring the total raised to date to … 0