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From left: Ashfield Lions Nort Salz, Charles Fontanella (seated), President Bill Wickland, charter member Franklin W. Wickland, and Don Senecal pose beside the Ashfield Lions Club charter. The club turned 50 years old this month. Recorder photo/Diane Broncaccio

Ashfield Lions Club chapter still roaring after 50 years

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

ASHFIELD — When townspeople think of the Ashfield Lions Club, they might think of all those grilled hamburgers and hotdogs served up during the town’s Fall Festival, the Lions Club barbecued chicken dinners on Memorial Day, or the cider and doughnuts given out to trick-or-treater’s during the Rag Shag parade. But behind those festive occasions, this group has been steadily … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the … 0

Neighbors: Local youngster learn about and teach composting

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Fourth-grade students at The Discovery School at Four Corners recently learned about taking notes, paragraphing, composing informational text, and formulating an opinion through a study of composting, according to their teacher Marguerite Rancourt. All students read a nonfiction text, article and editorial in The Recorder. In addition, they viewed and took … 0

‘Solarize PAB’ installations underway

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland residents have signed up for 104 solar photovoltaic energy systems through the Solarize PAB (Plainfield Ashfield Buckland) purchasing collective, which will result in about 800 kilowatts of solar-produced energy to be produced in these … 0

Lawmakers grapple with details of solar law

Monday, November 16, 2015

Among the top priorities for legislators before leaving for their end-of-year break Wednesday is fixing the state’s program that allows solar-electricity-producing businesses and municipalities to sell power back to the grid at retail rates. The current caps on … 2

Local filmmaker hits the road to speak for community co-ops

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Filmmaker Steve Alves is on a roll again, raising money once more for his documentary, “Food for Change.” But this time, the campaign for the 2013 film that began as a short promo for Green Fields Market has … 0

FRCOG seeks town approvals for regional emergency shelters

Sunday, November 15, 2015

When the next tornado, flood or power-killing snowstorm paralyzes Franklin County towns, will there be accessible shelters out of harm’s way for evacuees? In the two years after the Franklin County Regional Shelter Plan was introduced, Patricia Smith, senior land use planner for the Franklin County Regional Council … 0

Ashfield man co-authors book on ancient giants

Friday, November 13, 2015

ASHFIELD — You’ve seen the TV series; now you can read the book. Last year, Ashfield stonemasons James and Bill Vieira were filmed in a six-part History Channel program called “Search for the Lost Giants.” Now Jim Vieira … 0

Neighbors: More local calendars released

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter and Adoption Center has just released its new 2016 calendar, which is filled with four-legged beauties. The calendar also includes more than 30 photos and bios of dogs that have been adopted. You can count off the days of 2016 … 0

Spell-binding: Spelling Beans remain champs

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

BUCKLAND — Maybe it’s all that coffee that keeps them on their toes, but the Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters’ “Spelling Beans” won a third championship in this year’s Mary Lyon Foundation Community Spelling Bee at the Mohawk Trail … 0

Common ground: Ashfield poet Sarah Sousa responds to voices across centuries in a shared landscape

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

ASHFIELD — The poem “Independence Day, 1886” is about the life of a woman Sarah Sousa first met in a faded 1886 pocket diary in an antiques store. But that was many years and three books ago for … 0

WiredWest to reorganize as role changes

Friday, November 6, 2015

Now that so many towns without broadband access have voted to borrow millions for a “last mile” fiber optic network, WiredWest has drafted an operating agreement for those that want join a regional fiber-optic network that will be run by WiredWest. The 40-page draft was discussed Friday between … 0

Neighbors: West county neighbor wants to start book club on climate change

Monday, November 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our west county neighbor John Bos is looking for six to eight people in his area to start a book club with him. You have to be passionate about three things, he says — climate change, reading books on the subject and meeting with other like-minded … 0