Heidi Garfinkel walks along the train tracks behind her home on Chapman Street in Greenfield on Wednesday. Garfinkel said she's been worried about the Amtrak train for a long time, but until recently had assumed the company would take more safety measures. "Although it's exciting that a passenger train is coming to town, let's not wait for a tragedy to insist that Amtrak install safety fencing along the tracks in thickly settled areas," she said. Recorder/Micky Bedell

With Amtrak’s arrival, safety at forefront

Sunday, December 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — When she looks out the back window of her Greenfield home, it’s common for Heidi Garfinkel to see people crossing the railroad tracks that run behind her property. With the return of the Amtrak Vermonter just a week away, the Chapman Street resident said she fears for the safety of those who won’t be used to looking out … 0

Olver helped engineer passenger rail’s return

Sunday, December 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — The name John W. Olver is at the front of the intermodal transit center that will serve as the station for the first passenger train service in this town in decades. And that’s fitting, given the former congressman’s pivotal role in bringing service back to the Connecticut River line after a … 0

On the Job

Friday, December 19, 2014

Fitzgerald is 2015 Realtors president WALTHAM — Corinne Fitzgerald of Northfield, broker/owner of Fitzgerald Real Estate in Greenfield, has been installed as president of the 21,000-plus-member Massachusetts Association of Realtors. As president, Fitzgerald will direct the internal and external activities of the association; preside at all meetings of the MAR board of directors and executive committee; represent the association at important meetings and … 0

A slice of success: Hatfield Subway owner to buy Deerfield location

Thursday, November 20, 2014

By TOM RELIHAN Recorder Staff SOUTH DEERFIELD — When Erik Pardee of Hatfield couldn’t find a job after graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in psychology, he recalls, he had to find some way … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Bernardston Robert H. McCollum by Charles R. Deane to Charles R. Deane, Sawmill Lane, $15,000. Colrain David W. Nims to Timothy Hartnett and Robin E. Hartnett, 7 Jacksonville Road, $25,000. Craig Howe and Julie Ayres Howe to Craig Howe, 113 Main Road, $1. Conway A. Peter Kari and … 0

Deerfield woodcutters recognized for methods

Thursday, November 20, 2014

By TOM RELIHAN Recorder Staff SOUTH DEERFIELD — Deerfield brothers — twins — who own a custom wood cutting business have taken second place in a national contest run by the company that makes their portable hydraulic sawmill. Jay and James Clarke, who operate as The J Team, … 0

He’s an apostle for the American apple

Sunday, November 16, 2014

There’s Old Nonesuch of Massachusetts, Paw Paw, Melvin Sweet, Cogswell, Fallawater ... Do you know your apples? Like, for example, that the first apple seeds in this country were planted three years after the Pilgrims landed and that … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands

Friday, November 14, 2014

Ashfield Aase Huggins Trust, Sven Huggins, trustee, of Leeds, and E. Joseph O’Neil, trustee, of Needham, to Sven Huggins, 64 March Road, $1. Bernardston Thomas P. Owen and Rebecca C. Pace to Todd D. Russell and Allison E. Page, 512 Bald Mountain Road, $300,000. Buckland Robert MacGregor, III, … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands

Friday, November 7, 2014

Bernardston Perry Farm, LLC, of Tucson, Ariz., to D. William Pratt and Marsha E. Pratt, Fox Hill road, $20,500. Paul R. McEnaney to Paul R. McEnaney and Francisca L. McEnaney, 85 Bald Mountain Road, $1. Buckland Jason Heilman and Jennifer Heilman to Cynthia A. Simurro of Shelburne Falls, … 0

Quilts triumph

Thursday, October 30, 2014

By DIANE BRONCACCIO Recorder Staff SHELBURNE FALLS — At least 50,000 YouTube viewers have seen Ann Brauer’s pink quilt shop sail down Conway Street like a boat adrift in the floods of Tropical Storm Irene, but her new … 0

Turners’ Five Eyed Fox offers drinks, food

Thursday, October 30, 2014

By CHRIS CURTIS Recorder Staff TURNERS FALLS — Caught between running a cafe or a bar, the proprietors of Five Eyed Fox went with both. The new addition to the Turners Falls downtown is open 8 a.m. to … 0

The doctor is in, again, in Shelburne Falls

Thursday, October 30, 2014

By DIANE BRONCACCIO Recorder Staff SHELBURNE FALLS — The home-based office of Dr. Heyman Oxman, busy from the 1940s to the early 1960s, once again has a doctor in it: Stefan Topolski, MD. Trailside Health and its non-profit … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ashfield Bradford A. Bardwell and Alison M. Bardwell of Colrain and Diane Greenman to Diane Greenman, 343 Apple Valley Road. No consideration Diane Greenman to Justin Sherman and Paola Sherman of Shelburne Falls, 343 Apple Valley Road, $160,000. Bernardston Lewis J. Dagresto, formerly known as D’Agresto and Marcia … 0