Bernardston

Scarecrows gather in he Cushman Park in the center of Bernardston for the annual contest in October 2012. These guys look like they just graduated. Recorder file photo/Paul Franz

Kiwanis scares up money for Bernardston students

Thursday, January 29, 2015

BERNARDSTON — Scarecrows are good for fall decoration and can sometimes keep pests away from crops. In Bernardston, they’re also able to help schoolchildren go places. The local Kiwanis Club’s October Scarecrow in the Park event is the club’s biggest annual money-maker, helping the organization provide scholarships to local students. Last fall’s festival did better than expected, allowing the club to donate $600 to Bernardston Elementary School to help the school’s sixth-graders get to Boston by paying for one of the buses that will take the students on their class trip. The club also routinely gives three $500 scholarships at graduation. The festival has grown … 0

Neighbors: We dodged the blizzard bullet and now back to daily life

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, we dodged another bullet this week — gotta love the storm that wasn’t. Hope you all had a nice snow day and got to do some of the things you typically can’t because of work and other responsibilities. Have a great weekend! GIRL SCOUT TROOP 12926 will be back out selling cookies, so be on the lookout. Scouts will be … 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 … 0

WMECO calls in crews to help respond to potential power outages

Monday, January 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Western Mass. Electric Co. has called in extra crews from out of state to assist in case of outages caused by the ongoing blizzard. Those will include workers from WMECO parent company Northeast Utilities, as well as crews from other utility companies and independent contractors. Spokeswoman … 0

Neighbors: Stay safe as you ride out the storm

Monday, January 26, 2015

Hello neighbor. If forecasts were correct, we’re finding ourselves right in the middle of the biggest storm of the year — possibly of the past 40 years or more. The National Weather Service is using terms like “historic” and “life-threatening” to describe the nor’easter, and we are its … 0

Neighbors: Show warmth, sympathy and understanding

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. I was supposed to be in Boston this morning, but instead I’m at work. I was supposed to be sitting beside my dad who was supposed to be recovering from the heart surgery he was supposed … 0

Neighbors: Relay For Life kicks off 20 years; one team kicks off 10

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s never too early to talk about the 20-year-old Relay For Life of Franklin County, and I’m sure over the next few months you’ll be hearing a lot about different groups holding fundraisers for cancer research … 0

He’s game for becoming superintendent

Sunday, January 18, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — As principal of the Franklin County Technical School, Richard Martin was known for a nearer-than-the-bleachers involvement in the vocational high school’s sports teams, suiting up for practice and running drills with teenagers. Martin, 50, of … 0

Bernardston looks to 2035 with new 20-year master plan

Friday, January 16, 2015

BERNARDSTON — What will the next two decades bring for Bernardston? Residents will soon have their chance to contribute to the town’s new 20-year master plan. The town has hired students from the Conway School of Landscape Design to help draft the document. A public brainstorming session will … 0

Letter: A lack respect

Friday, January 16, 2015

A lack of respect A 100-year-old U.S. Navy veteran, Dario Raschio, was to receive special honors from U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden in Portland, Ore. As Sen. Wyden began to speak, protesters in the back of the room erupted, shouting “hands up, don’t shoot.” More than 100 protesters pushed … 1

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