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Joel H. Carr, of Goshen, stands by his Copar Panzer tractor at the Bernardston flea market and gas engine show on Route 10 Sunday May 24. Carr has been attending the show for 39 years. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

Old workhorses get new life at Bernardston Gas Engine Show

Sunday, May 24, 2015

BERNARDSTON — With no work to be done, Fred Howes’ 1912 single-cylinder gas engine gave a “pop” of exhaust every eight seconds, the engine burning just enough gas to keep the flywheels spinning above a set speed. Howes, an Ashfield resident, explained the old gas engines were controlled by a governor, keeping them firing just often enough for the job … 0

Neighbors: Go to a local parade and support our veterans Monday

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. It originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in that war, but by the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans … 0

Franklin County Memorial Day events

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ashfield The Memorial Day parade on Monday begins at 10 a.m. in front of Town Hall, proceeds to Plain Cemetery and to the Veterans Memorial and Civil War Memorial, then back to Town Hall. There will be featured speakers and music as well. Bernardston The town’s parade kicks off from the Four Leaf … 0

Little debate heard at Bernardston town meeting

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

BERNARDSTON — Bernardston voters had little choice over the largest single expense on Tuesday’s annual town meeting warrant. While rising school costs are usually a hot topic, Bernardston voters had no say over their $2.7 million share of the Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s $14.34 million budget because … 0

Neighbors: Back in Franklin County

Monday, May 18, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m back! What a lovely week we had on the water and in Bermuda. The weather was perfect and we got to see a dolphin and a whale show on the way home. I learned early on in the trip that it really is a small … 0

State OKs Eversource’s lower summer rates

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The state has approved Eversource electric rates for the summer months. On July 1, the Basic Service supply price for all residential Eversource customers in western Massachusetts will drop by about 31 percent, from 14.228 cents for the cold weather months to 9.767 cents per kilowatt-hour. Customers using … 0

Bernardston eyes Pioneer assessment cut

Monday, May 11, 2015

BERNARDSTON — The town will be the first in the Pioneer Valley Regional School District this year to recommend that voters pay less than the requested budget at the May 19 annual town meeting. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. May 19 in Pioneer Valley Regional School. The … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors will return May 19

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hello neighbor. Neighbors will not be back until May 19. I am headed this morning with my friend Diane Poirier on a cruise to Bermuda. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I can’t imagine we’ll have anything but a great time. See you when I return. … 0

Letter: Proud of his work

Thursday, May 7, 2015

I was very proud and privileged to be part of the Arc of Massachusetts annual meeting held in Natick. My husband and best friend, Ed Porter, was awarded A “Decades of Service” plaque for his many years at the United Arc in Greenfield. Ed has been the CEO … 0

Girard wins seat as Bernardston selectman

Monday, May 4, 2015

BERNARDSTON — Andrew I. Girard is Bernardston’s newest selectman. Annual election voters chose Girard over candidate Rawn Fulton by a vote of 70-45. Girard will serve the remainder of two-year term left by Virginia Budness, who resigned last … 0

Neighbors: Another chance to help a neighbor in need

Monday, May 4, 2015

Hello, neighbor. First, I would like to send out a “very happy birthday” to grandson Justin’s beautiful mommy Suzanne. There’s going be a benefit golf tournament with shotgun start for longtime local disc jockey Ryan Interlande, who needs a heart transplant, at Thomas Memorial Golf and Country Club … 0

Neighbors: Time to help another young neighbor in need

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Another young neighbor and her family need our help. Five-year-old Langston Mackenzie Secore needs a non invasive treatment for her scoliosis, which she was diagnosed with at Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield. The treatment is meant to prevent or delay more invasive surgery. She’s supposed … 0

Yankee Magazine names three local businesses ‘best’ of New England

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Blueberry doughnuts, Polish food and tubing down the Deerfield River have all been recognized this year by Yankee Magazine as being the “best” in New England. The magazine’s editors said “the moist, slightly crumbly blueberry doughnut represents the … 0