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Ashfield

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 one or two or more. Visiting a farmers market is a way of enjoying the season. Most of them run from late … 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, by recent Mohawk graduate Laura Purington of Colrain. Teens don’t have dances in China, so, … 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 (Jeannine Haas) Greenwich Village Apartment. It was a rough ride and, in a word, he … 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

Neighbors: Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum has two new additions

Monday, June 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. Residents and visitors were greeted recently with a big surprise in downtown Shelburne Falls as two trolleys rolled through town and up the hill to their new home at Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum. Until now, the … 0

Neighbors: ‘Diggity Dogs’ had their day in the sun

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Hello neighbor. I am constantly hearing about the wonderful things Franklin County businesses and nonprofits are doing for their communities, and I’m sure most of you have figured out by now how much I love animals. So, how do these two statements relate? Well, the local nonprofit Diggity … 0

West County notebook, June 9

Monday, June 8, 2015

Town clerk’s office closed BUCKLAND — The town clerk’s office will be closed June 9 through 12, while she attends an annual town clerk’s conference. There will be a voter registration on June 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. and again from 7 to 8 p.m. in the … 0