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

Right on schedule: New Franklin County Courthouse’s due date doesn’t appear to be late

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — By this time next year, the Franklin County Courthouse should be open for business downtown. That’s right on schedule, according to state officials, although some had feared that its completion might be delayed until early in … 0

For sake of food and future

Sunday, December 20, 2015

ORANGE — There’s plenty to chew on in this community, and around North Quabbin where the hunger to turn the economy around and grow the local food economy is more than a pipe dream. The Pioneer Valley has … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands, Dec. 18

Friday, December 18, 2015

Ashfield Daryl Maznick to Michele D. Maznick, also known as D. Michele Maznick, also known as Michele Denise Maznick, 1327 Williamsburg Road, $1. Colrain Herman G. Herzig and Carol B. Herzig to Herzig 2015 Irrevocable Trust, Susan C. James, trustee, 323 Main Road, less than $100. Herman G. … 0

Clifford Fournier named Recorder Citizen of the Year

Thursday, December 17, 2015

ORANGE — Anyone would get tired just hearing about how Clifford Fournier is retired. “Here’s my schedule: Sunday mornings, I pick up at Hannaford, then an hour or so later, I pick up at Wal-Mart, then I go … 0

Wicked Owl prepares to take flight

Thursday, December 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — As a child growing up in Greece, John Dimitriou, the owner of Goodie’s Restaurant on Federal Street, loved making his own iced coffee from the milk produced by his family’s sole dairy cow. Dimitriou was responsible … 0

On the job

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Two Greenfield employees recognized for their exemplary work AMHERST — On Dec. 4 in the UMass Student Union Ballroom, during their annual Staff Appreciation and Holiday event, Clinical and Support Options, Inc. honored two Greenfield employees for their exemplary contributions in the course of their work. Ben Tozloski, … 0

Kennametal earns silver

Friday, December 18, 2015

On Nov. 24, during the 12th annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards Luncheon at the Boston Renaissance Hotel, Kennametal’s Greenfield facility received a silver award for its contribution in promoting business growth in Massachusetts. Kennametal, which is known for manufacturing high speed steel blanks and solution taps, was … 0

Spring-like weather has some local businesses feeling a chill of sluggish sales of winter items

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — “How’s the weather affected business? Come take a look at this,” said Nate Widrick of Aubuchon Hardware on Federal Street, leading a Recorder reporter into the store’s back storage room. Rounding a corner, he motioned toward … 0

Local farmers filing to be intervenors on pipeline

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

SHELBURNE — The Hawks Farm, with its seventh generation now working the land to produce beef and pork as well as other products, is among the historic and environmentally sensitive properties to be crossed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline … 0

Yankee Candle parent company to be bought

Monday, December 14, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Consumer goods giant Newell-Rubbermaid will pay $13.2 billion for Yankee Candle parent company Jarden Corp. in a cash-and-stock agreement, according to media reports Monday. The merger will create a company worth $16 billion, the Associated Press reports. The two companies each own at least one … 0