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Jaydon Grazick, 9, of Greenfield, stands under one of the water jets at the new splash pad at Hillside Park in Greenfield in early July. 
Recorder file photo/Paul Franz

Neighbors: Don’t leave children or pets in vehicles

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Today I want to talk to you good folks about leaving children and pets in vehicles this summer. Please don’t! Leaving them in a hot vehicle could be deadly. If you are out and about with your child — brining him or her to day care, for instance — and it’s not your regular routine, create a reminder … 0

WiredWest awaits state approval of business plan

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) has not yet evaluated WiredWest’s business plan but is preparing to, according to MBI Director Eric Nakajima. The issue came up last week in Colrain, when selectmen and Crocker Communications sales director Bill Stathis discussed whether WiredWest’s minimum broadband service fee, $49 per month, would be enough to meet the costs of the municipal broadband cooperative’s last-mile fiber-optic … 1

Ashfield rollover accident sends woman to hospital via helicpoter

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

ASHFIELD — A woman was airlifted to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield with non-life-threatening injuries after her vehicle rolled over into a dry stream bed on Pfersick Road Tuesday morning. “She was driving down a dirt road and swerved to miss an animal,” said Drew Morse, a paramedic with Highland Ambulance EMS who … 0

Neighbors: Visit your local farmers market

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Farmers markets are going strong throughout the county this summer. I’m not going to mention any in particular, because most of you know where they are, especially if you’ve got one in your town. What I want to talk about today is why you should visit … 0

Chinese teens have summer fun at Mohawk

Monday, July 27, 2015

BUCKLAND — Eighteen Chinese high- and middle-school students began their third day at the Mohawk Trail Regional School by learning to dance the Macarena, followed up with “The Chicken Dance.” It was taught to them, as an ice-breaker, … 0

Play ‘4,000 Miles’ runs through Aug. 1 in Ashfield

Friday, July 24, 2015

ASHFIELD — Pauline Productions’ summer play “4,000 Miles” by Amy Herzog at First Congregational Church of Ashfield runs through Aug. 1. In this play, Leo (Theo Gabriel) a new-style left-wing activist, has just completed a 4,000 mile bicycle trip and arrives unannounced at his old-style left-wing activist grandmother’s … 0

Fire marshal: Check carbon monoxide alarms

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pointing to the deaths of four young Massachusetts residents in a Maine cabin over the weekend, the state Fire Marshal’s Office told residents their carbon monoxide alarms may be running out of time. “A similar tragedy led to a law here in Massachusetts that requires CO alarms in … 0

Town Meetings, Week of July 27

Friday, July 24, 2015

Ashfield Parks Commission: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Planning Board: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Website Policy Committee: Tuesday 10 a.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board … 0

Utilities: Electric rates to drop, but root cause of spikes remains

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — After a winter that saw major increases in electric bills across the region, rates have dropped back to more normal warm-weather levels. While those big fluctuations showed up in monthly electric bills, retailers like Eversource Energy … 0

Hawley dairy farm is cream of the crop: Sidehill Farm wins Green Pasture Award

Thursday, July 23, 2015

HAWLEY — “Nobody starts a dairy farm,” Amy Klippenstein and Paul Lacinski were told repeatedly by friends when they told them nearly 10 years ago of their plans to start milking a herd of cattle in Ashfield, where … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy Famous Bill’s lobster pie recipe

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. Many of you — especially those who grew up in the area like I did — remember Famous Bill’s Restaurant on Federal Street — and you probably also remember its lobster pie. Well, one of our neighbors was going through her mother’s things (her mom was … 0

Ashfield’s new admin.: Town’s first full-time administrator hopes to apply municipal, grant experience

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

ASHFIELD — The town has its first full-time town administrator, and, although he has 15 years experience in municipal government, Derek Brindisi has his first town administrator position. He replaces Mary Fitz-Gibbon, the town’s part-time executive administrator, who … 0

FRTA proposes Montague-Greenfield line cut

Monday, July 20, 2015

MONTAGUE — Riders on the Route 22 bus line between Montague and Greenfield may see changes as early as this fall if a proposal by the Franklin Regional Transit Authority to discontinue the line and combine it with the Route 32 line between Orange and Greenfield is put … 0