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Neighbors: Be kind

Monday, June 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. About once a year I feel compelled to remind myself and others to be good neighbors. I don’t necessarily mean “neighbor” in the literal sense. What I mean is that we all should be kind to everyone. Those who aren’t can never truly be happy themselves. Get out and talk with the people who live in your neighborhood and your community. Find out what you have in common … 0

Neighbors: Adopt an adult cat for $5 this weekend

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again, folks! Dakin Humane Society is offering its $5 cat adoption for select adult cats on Saturday and Sunday. This weekend only, you can adopt an adult cat for only $5 at both the Springfield and Leverett adoption centers from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. each day. The 40 cats up for adoption are those who, for a variety … 0

Tech school projects passed

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Tuesday was the decisive day for the Franklin County Technical School’s roof project, with dire weather predictions and polls open for a districtwide vote to repair the roof and replace aging windows, doors and pavement. Voters didn’t turn out in droves, but those who did overwhelmingly said ‘yes.’ All three projects passed with … 0

Neighbors: Donations for homeless kids starting to roll in

Monday, June 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbors Dean and Kim Scudder of Conway are sending one of the homeless children living in a Greenfield hotel or shelter to camp this summer. It’s the first response I’ve heard about since I told … 0

Ashfield fetes 250 with parade and so much more

Sunday, June 21, 2015

ASHFIELD — On Saturday morning, an older couple lugged lawn chairs down Baptist Corner Road to Main Street, where the town’s 250th anniversary parade was to take place in a few minutes. The man must have complained, because … 0

Weekly Town Meeting List, June 22 to 27

Friday, June 19, 2015

Ashfield Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Planning Board: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Finance Committee: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Conservation Commission: Monday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Tuesday … 0

Ashfield parade parking

Friday, June 19, 2015

ASHFIELD — Because the 250th Anniversary Parade begins at 10 a.m., the town center will be closed to traffic at 9:45. Those who want to view the parade must find somewhere to park at least 15 minutes ahead of time. There will be no parking on either side … 0

Many beards, many stories in Ashfield contests

Thursday, June 18, 2015

ASHFIELD — The town’s 250th celebration beard-growing contest has brought about some unexpected links to the past as 60 men grew longer beards over the past six months. In recent months, the three newly bearded selectmen, presiding over … 0

Neighbors: Help a homeless child go to summer camp

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Hello neighbor. I spoke this week with Joe Manning, one of our neighbors living in Florence. He said he was in Loot in Turners Falls late last summer, rummaging through all of the antiques and treasures, when he came upon a box of old Associated Press photos. “There’s … 0

Letter: Your pipeline coverage

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Thank you for expanding your coverage of the Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline. You are covering what might be the most important story of our times for western Massachusetts and all of Massachusetts. Resistance is widespread, determined and intelligent. And becoming more and more organized. Our Hilltown and Franklin … 1

Ashfield’s 250th offers full weekend of festivities

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

ASHFIELD — On Friday the long growing season will be over — at least for the 56 men who started off clean-shaven on Jan. 1, then became part of a town-wide beard-growing contest in honor of the town’s … 0

In Franklin County, always something old, something new

Monday, June 15, 2015

Franklin County reminds me of the wedding rhyme: something old, something new … As I work my way around the county’s 26 towns on my summer journey to reacquaint myself with The Recorder’s readers, I found myself in the back shop of Pine Hill Orchards, standing in a … 0

Wicked sweet work ethic: Mass. sugarhouses’ record-breaking maple syrup season

Monday, June 15, 2015

CONWAY — Though the maple sugaring season got off to a late start this year, Massachusetts’s sugarhouses had a record-breaking season. Winton Pitcoff, the coordinator of the Massachusetts Maple Producers Association, said the successful season could be attributed … 0