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Despite Juno, travel ban, Main Street restaurants get cracking

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — Though the travel-banned streets of Greenfield were silent Tuesday morning save for the howling remnants of Winter Storm Juno, the scene inside of The Brass Buckle restaurant on Main Street was a very different story. The small breakfast and lunch eatery, whose owners, J.D. Hairston and Anika Balaconis, walked over to open the doors at 7 a.m. despite … 0

How did local notables spend their day?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

How did some of the county’s more prominent residents handle their snow day Tuesday? Here’s a sample: Robert Pura, president of Greenfield Community College, spent … 0

Recorder columnists spend day doing what they love

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

On Tuesday, as snow fell on Franklin County at nowhere near the rate expected when everything was canceled and a statewide snow day declared, most … 0

Renting college textbooks online can save money

Friday, January 23, 2015

AMHERST — At a time when University of Massachusetts students spend about $1,200 a year on textbooks, would the authors of the nearly $300 “Essentials of Investments” advise students to buy a new copy of their own book? That was not the path chosen by finance major Curtis … 0

A bridge to China

Thursday, January 22, 2015

MILLERS FALLS — Documentarian Richard Widmer, lately of Beijing, has purchased the former St. John’s Church with plans to establish a cultural bridgehead to the Chinese contemporary art world. A Somerville native, Widmer said he encountered Franklin County … 0

Hungry for help: State loses $106 million in federal money from SNAP changes

Thursday, January 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — The 72,550 drop in the food stamp caseload over the past year has also resulted in a loss of an estimated $106 million in federal dollars coming to the state, a Northampton anti-poverty lawyer said. Between October 2013 and October 2014, the state has lost roughly … 0

State change allows dam work to proceed

Thursday, January 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — The state has downgraded the hazard potential of the Wiley and Russell Dam over the Green River at Meridian Street, allowing the town to move forward with renovation plans. The Office of Dam Safety reclassified the … 0

Franklin County Fair to restrict smoking to designated areas

Thursday, January 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Franklin County Fair will be “mostly smoke-free” this year. Smokers will have to find one of the four designated areas when they decide to light up at this year’s fall fair. After 167 years, the Franklin County Agricultural Society board of directors has adopted a … 0

Former co-op manager charged with stealing

Thursday, January 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — The former general manager of the Franklin Community Cooperative, which runs Green Fields Market and McCusker’s Market in Shelburne Falls, has been charged with embezzling approximately $60,000 from the member-owned food cooperative over nine months. Dwight … 0

Low wages, unfair taxes

Thursday, January 22, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Clare Higgins, executive director of Community Action spent most of Thursday in Boston, having the same conversation she has had with state and other officials for at least 30 years: Why do we pay childcare workers … 0

Montague Common Hall in need

Thursday, January 22, 2015

MONTAGUE CENTER — When the Montague Common Hall cupola began to demonstrate an urgent need for repair, the local landmark’s owner enlisted a contractor, who quickly found the situation was much worse than it appeared. Now, the Friends … 0

Neighbors: Show warmth, sympathy and understanding

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. I was supposed to be in Boston this morning, but instead I’m at work. I was supposed to be sitting beside my dad who was supposed to be recovering from the heart surgery he was supposed … 0

UMass falcon, campus webcam star, dies

Thursday, January 22, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts is mourning the death of the Amherst campus’ most popular webcam star. A male peregrine falcon that has nested atop the 27-story W.E.B. Du Bois Library for 12 years and sired 34 chicks with the same mate has died. The webcam that … 0