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Bernardston scares up weekend of fun

Monday, October 20, 2014

BERNARDSTON — In addition to keeping ravens and their ilk out of your field, your scarecrow could net you a cool $100 next weekend. The annual Scarecrow in the Park fall festival and craft fair will take over Cushman Park Oct. 25 and 26. You’ve got almost a week to put together a prize-winning scarecrow. They must be in place … 0

Virtual School faces probation

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — After 15 months as an independent school, Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is facing probation due to poor academic performance and governance issues. The … 0

Greenfield re-establishes its Youth Commission

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — Mayor William Martin said he would like to see the town’s newly re-established Youth Commission work with agencies in the area to determine … 0

Dance for cancer cure today at Franklin County Tech School

Thursday, October 16, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School hosts a fundraising aerobic dance today. A Zumbathon will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the assembly hall of the school at 82 Industrial Boulevard. The event is being organized by Zumba instructor Pam Reipold to raise money for … 0

What’s in the new bottle bill?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Depending on whom you ask, expanding the state’s 31-year-old bottle bill will either line politicians’ pockets, or it will help clear millions of plastic water, tea and “sports-drink” containers from roadsides and public places across Massachusetts. The difference … 0

Budness to leave Bernardston Board of Selectmen

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BERNARDSTON — “With a heavy heart,” Virginia “Ginger” Budness announced Wednesday that she will resign from the Board of Selectmen Dec. 1. She plans to care for her husband, William, whose health is ailing. “It’s hard for me … 0

Conway Selectboard chairman denounces election vote

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

CONWAY — Conway’s Selectboard voted Tuesday night to go ahead with a special election today on a new highway garage, but the board’s chairman is distancing himself from the move, calling it “a bad decision.” In a written statement to The Recorder Wednesday, Selectboard member John P. O’Rourke … 1

Frontier applies for grant to consolidate town services

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional and Union 38 School Districts have applied for a $43,500 grant to develop a plan for consolidating town services into unused school space. The decision to pursue the grant came out of a series of roundtable meetings between members of each town’s selectboards, … 0

Living Waters pastor celebrates 25 years

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — You won’t get through a conversation with David Levandusky without hearing at least one quote from Scripture. The 65-year-old became a Christian 53 years ago, of his own volition when he was just 12, and has … 0

UMass investigating racist vandalism targeting students on campus

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

AMHERST — Officials and police at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst are investigating an act of racist vandalism targeting two students in a residence hall over the Columbus Day weekend, according to Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy. “This past weekend two of our students were the targets of … 0

Buoniconti still head of Mohawk, Hawlemont schools

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BUCKLAND — Michael Buoniconti will not be the next superintendent of the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District, but will continue his job this school year as superintendent of both the Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont regional school districts. Although Buoniconti was one of two finalists for the two-town regional … 0

Community Meals food collections set for Saturday

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — In an effort to fill their pantry shelves before temperatures drop and the number of hungry residents increases, the Franklin County Community Meals Program will collect nonperishable food at three local grocery stores on Saturday. The three collection sites are Foster’s Supermarket, at Stop & Shop … 0

Rays of Hope Walk for a cure for breast cancer steps off Sunday in Greenfield

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — On Sunday, hundreds of people will walk toward a cure for breast cancer as part of the sixth annual Rays of Hope Walk. The annual walk steps off at the Energy Park at Miles Street at 12:30 p.m. amid pink balloons and music to raise money … 0