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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

Ashfield’s new admin. is in the wind: Derek Brindisi leaving for position in Plymouth

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

ASHFIELD — Four months after starting his new job as town administrator, Derek Brindisi has been lured away to a new job that pays almost $30,000 more per year than he would earn here. Brindisi, who submitted his … 0

Neighbors: Human Error’s Greenfield Word Fest no mistake

Monday, October 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Human Error Publishing will present its sixth Greenfield Annual Word Festival starting today and running through Sunday — six days of WORDS in downtown Greenfield. Awesome! Along with authors and poets reading their works all week, there will be an ongoing book fair. The Arts Block … 0

‘Clean Sweep’ waste collection day Saturday

Monday, October 19, 2015

Been wanting to get rid that bulky trash not normally accepted at your trash transfer station? The Franklin County Solid Waste District is holding its fall “Clean Sweep” bulky waste collection on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon. The three drop-off sites are: the Buckland Recreation … 0

Neighbors: Montague’s K-9 Artie needs a new ride

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. K-9 Artie, whose real name is Arthur, and his partner, Montague police officer James Ruddock, need a new ride and they’re asking us to help. Montague Police Department will hold a tailgate party to raise money for a new cruiser that will accommodate a four-legged officer. … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Mohawk family night offers website tutorials, college aid info BUCKLAND — Want to learn how to get the most out of Google, Microsoft Word or Excel? Need help with financial aid for college? Mohawk Trail Regional High School will host an evening called “Family Educational Opportunities” on Oct. … 0

10th adult spelling bee seeks teams

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

BUCKLAND — Want to sit for a spell? Community spelling teams that want to match their wits against others have until Nov. 1 to register in time for the 10th annual Mary Lyon Community Spelling Bee, which takes … 0

Neighbors: Neighbor receives award for military service

Monday, October 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Congratulations to our neighbor Tom Williams of Shelburne, who recently received the National Guard Legion of Merit award for outstanding service. Tom served in the military for 42 years. It took more than a year for … 0

Pumpkin games steal the show at 46th annual Ashfield Fall Festival

Sunday, October 11, 2015

ASHFIELD — Pumpkins had it rough during the 46th annual Ashfield Fall Festival. The orange fall icons were kicked, rolled, thrown, sat on and smashed, but it was all in good fun. At noon, about 50 people formed … 1

Ashfield Fall Festival proves painful for pumpkins

Saturday, October 10, 2015

ASHFIELD — Pumpkins had it rough during the 46th annual Ashfield Fall Festival. The orange fall icons were kicked, rolled, thrown, sat on and smashed, but it was all in good fun. At noon, about 50 people formed … 0

On the high wire: Major utility line project underway in the region

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Even as work crews begin wrapping up a 2.8-mile stretch of an Eversource transmission line in Greenfield, Montague and Deerfield, replacing lattice poles with double-circuit monopoles, the utility has begun other major line work around the region and … 0