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Jager, a Staffordshire Terrier, runs to his owner, Paul Buldoc, of Greenfield, pulling a beer keg during the K9 Keg Pull at Greenfield's Winter Carnival at Beacon Field, Sunday, February 7. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

Winter carnival: Hot chili, cool contests & some last-minute snow

Sunday, February 7, 2016

“Bacon!” said Amber Ortiz of Greenfield. “Man, that’s delicious,” she said after taking a bite of chili at the annual chili cook-off at Beacon Field during Greenfield’s Winter Carnival on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Ortiz is one of dozens of residents who gathered around a table to sample chili. While she says she loved all the contenders, her vote goes … 0

Lean, green learning machine: Winter farmers market hosts sustainability workshops

Sunday, February 7, 2016

GREENFIELD — The annual Greenfield Winter Fare event at the indoor Farmers Market offered much more than fresh, local foods Saturday. Visitors from all over … 0

All the region’s a stage

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Mid-life crises manifest themselves in all kinds of ways. Mine involves wearing elaborate hats, attempting to speak with Southern and Eastern European accents, and learning … 0

Sunderland invites critics to meeting about South County EMS location

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

SUNDERLAND — The Sunderland Board of Selectmen’s vice chairman has invited to a future meeting the two Deerfield residents who have challenged the plan to move South County EMS from the South Deerfield to Whately. Tom Fydenkevez asked John and Sharyn Paciorek to attend next Monday’s selectmen’s meeting … 0

Nomination papers available for Turners Falls Fire District

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

TURNERS FALLS — Nomination papers for the annual Turners Falls Fire District election are now available to all district residents from the district office located at 226 Millers Falls Road until March 4. Papers must be returned no later than March 8. The district office is open Monday … 0

Selectmen want screening committee for Sunderland top cop

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

SUNDERLAND — Town officials have asked their community for roughly five people to volunteer for a committee dedicated to vetting applicants for the available police chief position. Members of the Sunderland Board of Selectmen want to set up a screening committee to review résumés, conduct initial interviews, and … 0

Deadline Friday to send love letters to homebound seniors

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

TURNERS FALLS — Meals on Wheels recipients in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region will receive handmade cards from local volunteers as part of an annual Love Letters initiative by LifePath, Inc, formerly known as Franklin County Home Care. But if you want to submit one, the … 0

Mount Zion proposed home for timber rattlesnakes

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Mount Zion is the proposed home, previously unnamed, of a timber rattlesnake population to be bred and placed by the state. At 1,410 acres — the area of about 1,000 football fields — Mount Zion is the largest … 0

Deerfield solar array up and running

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

DEERFIELD — Deerfield didn’t need a sunny sky on Wednesday, when its town solar photovoltaic array went online and started generating electricity. The new 36-kilowatt array, owned and operated by the town, was built at the Old Deerfield Water Treatment Facility to offset electricity use at the site. … 0

Turners resident asks: What to do about dog doo?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

MONTAGUE — “I want to talk to you about dog doo,” said Edite Cunha of Turners Falls. In the 10 years that Cunha has lived in town, she said the dog feces problem along the streets of downtown … 0

Wells scholarship applications due March 21

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Applications for the 2016-2017 Fred W. Wells Scholarships are due by March 21. A later deadline listed in previous announcements was incorrect. This year’s deadline is earlier than in years past. Applications are available at town halls and school offices for Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, … 0

Library to start adult craft night

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

NORTHFIELD — Dickinson Memorial Library will begin hosting an adult craft night on the third Friday of each month. Library Programming Director Matt Atwood said each event is free but may include a small materials fee. Carolyn Reese will host the first program on Feb. 19 from 6:30 … 0

North Quabbin Notebook

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Orange voting registration ORANGE — Feb. 10. is the deadline to register to vote for residents wishing to participate in the March 1 Massachusetts presidential primary. Feb. 10 is also the deadline to change party enrollment, either to another party or to “unenrolled,” which is commonly referred to … 0