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The cast of “The Dixie Swim Club”:  Jackie Walsh of Shelburne Falls, Sue Davis of Haydenville, Sue Tracy of Ashfield, Julie Richardson of Deerfield and Louise Krieger of Sunderland.

‘The Dixie Swim Club’

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

TV sitcoms are rich in girlfriends — Ethel and Lucy, Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw and her 30-something pals, or the 20-somethings of “Friends” and HBO’s “Girls.” Now picture all those close gal-pals 20 to 40 years later and you could have the makings of “The Dixie Swim Club.” Five local actresses will give two readings of this play … 0

Recorder columnists spend day doing what they love

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

On Tuesday, as snow fell on Franklin County at nowhere near the rate expected when everything was canceled and a statewide snow day declared, most of The Recorder’s local columnists were doing what they love most. One used the storm as an excuse to spend his time on social media, consuming all of the news he could . Another spent the day searching … 0

County braces for nor’easter

Monday, January 26, 2015

Katie Boudreau of South Deerfield wasn’t taking any chances on Monday. She said if the nor’easter forecast to envelop the county today hit as hard as predicted, she wasn’t going to be without water, milk, bread and enough canned food to get her through. “It’s New England, we gotta expect this,” she said, … 0

Mohawk Long Range study group to present plan for cost savings Wednesday

Friday, January 16, 2015

BUCKLAND — After nearly two years of study, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District Long-Range Planning Committee will recommend how this district — big in size but small in enrollment — might cut its education costs at a public hearing Wednesday at 7 p.m. inside the Mohawk Trail … 0

Franklin County Technical School teachers protest ‘hasty’ superintendent hiring

Thursday, January 15, 2015

MONTAGUE — Franklin County Technical School teachers stood up at this week’s School Committee meeting to protest the abrupt selection of a superintendent last month, focusing on the process rather than the pick. Five leaders of the Franklin County Technical Teachers Association union took their complaint to the … 0

Neighbors: Celebrate MLK Day by doing service

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which we will celebrate on Monday, is not about having a day off, but instead about doing service for your neighbors and community. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” King said. The civil rights … 0

Letter: Keep it up

Thursday, January 15, 2015

I appreciate all your efforts. Each day I look forward to reading the editorials; it’s good to know what others are thinking and show concern about. Tom Bevacqua’s commentary on the weather is amusing and love the photographs. Great scenes captured! Everyone keep up the great work! JOANNE … 0

New owners for Ashfield Lake House

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

ASHFIELD — It appears local landmark restaurant, the Ashfield Lake House, will be changing hands in coming weeks. The Selectboard unanimously approved a liquor license transfer for the Ashfield Lake House this week. Now all that remains is … 0

Neighbors: Mahar Class of 1964 helps its neighbors

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Mahar’s Class of 1964 had a very busy year last year. The class held its first fundraiser in December 2013, using half of the proceeds to fund award scholarships to some of the graduates of the Class of 2014 and the other half was given as … 0

West County Notebook

Friday, January 9, 2015

New owner for Ashfield Lake House? ASHFIELD — On Monday , the Selectboard will be meeting with Andrea “Dre” Rawlings of Ashfield, a prospective buyer of the Ashfield Lake House, for a discussion and possible vote to transfer the restaurant’s liquor license to Rawlings. Judith Hamilton has owned … 0

WiredWest towns ready for next step

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Selectmen from all 11 Franklin County hilltowns without high-speed Internet have approved WiredWest’s nonbinding resolution to go forward with a “last mile” $100 million to $120 million fire-optic network build-out. Now the financial planning begins. Ashfield, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, New Salem, Rowe, Shutesbury, Warwick and Wendell … 0

New solar incentive in Ashfield, Buckland, Plainfield

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Ashfield, Buckland and Plainfield will be able to offer “Solarize Massachusetts” incentives that will cut solar-panel installation costs for residents by up to 20 percent below the state average cost. The Patrick Administration’s Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Maeve V. Bartlett announced the three-town consortium is among the … 0

Neighbors: Look ahead to a great year

Monday, January 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. Hope you all had a wonderful New Year. Now it’s time to look ahead. According to our precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy, we’re supposed to see 23 snowfalls this winter — remember, you only have to track a cat for one to be counted. Even so, that … 0