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Mary Walsh-Martel, owner of the now-closed Magical Child toy store on Main Street in Greenfield. 
Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

Magical Child closed; Reopening for liquidation sale later this month

Friday, February 5, 2016

GREENFIELD — After 32 years of business, the owner of the Magical Child toy store on Main Street announced the shop was closing for good Friday, reopening only to liquidate its merchandise later this month. Mary Walsh-Martel first opened the store in Shelburne Falls in 1983 and moved to Greenfield 12 years later. She put her business on the market … 0

Pet house calls

Thursday, February 4, 2016

ATHOL – When Dr. Sue Ellen Mowcomber sees a cat, it might mistake her for a friendly visitor. That’s the idea; when Mowcomber makes house calls, she spends a little time chatting with the owner first, ignoring the cat to put it at ease. Then it’s time for shots, a checkup or examination, … 0

Greenfield Savings receives high marks

Thursday, February 4, 2016

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Savings Bank has once again made the grade. The financial institution was recently given an A+ national financial health rating by, an online publication dedicated to banking/savings information for consumers. Banks submit their quarterly reports to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and DepositAccounts uses a formula to produce its … 0

On the Job: Barbara Edson-Greenwald joins Maniatty Real Estate of Greenfield

Thursday, February 4, 2016

GREENFIELD — Maniatty Real Estate of Greenfield announced the addition of Barbara Edson-Greenwald as a broker assistant to their sales team. Edson-Greenwald has over 20 years of experience in real estate, as well as being a member of … 0

Franklin County land transfers, week of 2/3/16

Thursday, February 4, 2016

BUCKLAND Alexander Z. Nappan, of Greenfield, to Benjamin J. Hay. 98 Ashfield Road. $85,000 CHARLEMONT Tari L. Denehy and Karen M. Denehy, by US Bank NA, Trustee by Attorney, by Nationstar Mortgage LLC, Attorney, to US Bank NA, Trustee. 7 South Street. $282,709 COLRAIN Steven J. Wall, and … 0

Hinds seeks region’s state Senate seat

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

PITTSFIELD — Shelburne Falls native Adam Hinds announced his candidacy Wednesday for the state Senate seat being vacated by nine-year veteran Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield. The announcement came one day after an announcement by Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, … 0

This warm weather is sweet: Sap flowing early for some this sugaring season

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

CHARLEMONT — The calendar had barely flipped to February, but Bill and Norma Coli were already seeing a steady drip of sap, as temperatures Monday broke 50 degrees. But Coli, who has been maple sugaring with his wife … 0

The return of Blue Rock Restaurant in Shelburne Falls

Thursday, January 28, 2016

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Blue Rock is back, and local customers love the new location on the first floor of the Salmon Falls Marketplace building at 1 Ashfield St. The restaurant has parking, handicapped access, a big porch … 1

Get the real thing in Flagg's Fly and Tackle in Orange

Thursday, January 28, 2016

ORANGE – A soldering iron, vice and reels of thread are arranged under a bright light on the shop counter in Flagg’s Fly and Tackle. Proprietor Rodney Flagg spends the slow hours tying delicate artificial flies that will … 0

Real Estate / Changing Hands, week of Jan. 29

Thursday, January 28, 2016

FRANKLIN COUNTY LAND TRANSFERS 1/27/16 ASHFIELD Bryce S. Walker, of New York, NY, Alexandra F. Walker, and James A. S. Walker of Dover, (Ma..), Owen S. Walker of Cambridge, Norman S. Walker and Marie-Eve C. Walker to Mary May Haerer, of Charlemont. Hawley Road. $11,000 BUCKLAND Dennis L. … 0

County sees small increase in home sales

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Sales of single-family homes in Franklin County were up by 6.5 percent in 2015 over 2014, the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley has reported, although that increase — along with a scant 0.4 percent rise in median sales price last year — was the smallest for any county … 0

A modest endeavor that hits close to home

Thursday, January 21, 2016

ORANGE — Anissa Sargent’s business is in something of a unique position, straddling a hallway in an old tapioca factory. Sargent owns the Smilin’ Dog Cafe, an eatery on the second floor of the Orange Innovation Center with … 0

Franklin County Land Transfers, week of 1/20/16

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Bernardston Mark Healy of Springfield, to Federal National Mortgage Association of Dallas, Tx. 91 West Mountain Road. $260,831 Buckland Patricia A. Donohue, to Jesus Salgado and Margaret B. Salgado, of Auburndale. 4 Clement St. $220,000 Ruth M. Bosch, to John R. Holden and Laura E. Cunningham. 27 Orcutt … 0