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

Letter: Cowardly press

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Charlie Hebdo, the now famous Paris newspaper, printed unflattering cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, and the prophet’s followers have slain Charlie Hebdo — at least for now. Tim Blagg, and other western Mass. ivory tower pontificators salute the old and ridiculous statement: The pen is mightier than the … 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

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

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

Injured student reaches settlement with Pioneer

Friday, January 2, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The family of a local teenager has won a $50,000 settlement from Pioneer Valley Regional School District nearly four years after their son was injured during a middle school baseball practice. John Orcutt, 17, was struck … 0

Town board meetings for week of Jan. 5

Friday, January 2, 2015

Ashfield Selectboard/Personnel Board: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard/Personnel Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Assessors: Thursday 5:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Assessors: Tuesday 2 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday … 0

Neighbors: Now’s the time to get your children involved in Shakespeare

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Happy New Year! It’s finally here and the days are getting colder. But as I said the other day, it’s also a chance for a new beginning. Has your 7- to-18-year-old been thinking about some William Shakespeare? Well, now’s the time. Young Shakespeare Players East in … 0

Tech still working toward roof, other renovations

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School officials continue to eye the building’s aging roof. Authority to approve spending for the project, formerly thought to be in the hands of the spring annual town meetings of member towns, … 0

No snow? Ski areas have new options

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

HAWLEY — What do you do with 15.5 miles of scenic cross-country ski trails and no snow during a winter holiday week? Why not offer up those twisting, groomed trails to winter “fat biking?” That’s what Lloyd and … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and healthy New Year

Monday, December 29, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are on the cusp of a new year — another chance for us to get it right. I hope you had a wonderful 2014 and that 2015 is even better, but for those of you who suffered loss or some other type of misfortune this … 0