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Bernardston

The Rev. David Neil of the United Church of Bernardston puts posts up on Facebook and Twitter from the church's office.  
(Recorder/Paul Franz)

God on the go — churches embrace social media

Thursday, November 27, 2014

BERNARDSTON — When you think of religious “books,” the Bible, Torah and Quran may come to mind, but what about Facebook? More and more religious organizations are using social media to connect with their congregations, bringing old-time religion into the 21st century. “Facebook is a great way to get the word out for events, causes and concerns,” said Rev. David … 0

Snow can’t stop Turkey Trot

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BERNARDSTON — Local grade-schoolers were happy not to have a snow day Wednesday. Though it would’ve added an extra day to their Thanksgiving break, the children of Bernardston Elementary and Warwick Community schools would’ve missed their annual “Turkey Trot” fun-run if school was canceled. “I’m glad we didn’t have a snow day,” said … 0

Neighbors: Looks like a harsh winter ahead; take care of each other

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. First, I’d like to wish you a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving. Enjoy your friends and family — that’s what great memories are made of. I’m waiting to hear from our local precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy to see what she believes the winter has in store for the county. Until then, … 0

Neighbors: Double Take Fringe Festival a week away

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Double Take Fringe Festival will take over eight venues, all within walking distance, in downtown Greenfield again this year. On Oct. 17 and 18, eight shows will be presented and you can attend all of them throughout the weekend with a weekend pass that will … 0

Bernardston stretches “center village” down South Street

Thursday, October 9, 2014

BERNARDSTON — Residents and businesses can now co-exist in harmony from the town’s center almost all the way to Greenfield — on paper at least. Four out of five South Street zoning changes were approved at Wednesday’s special town meeting. Each asked that a certain portion of the … 0

FRCOG hopes to build online disaster map

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BUCKLAND — When Tropical Storm Irene pounded Franklin County, emergency responders and isolated residents cut off by storm damage suddenly found a new use for Twitter and Facebook on their cellphones: asking others about, and reporting on local washouts, flooding and downed trees. Now, the Franklin Regional Council … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy autumn while you can

Monday, October 6, 2014

Hello neighbor. Can you believe it? The leaves are falling from the trees as the crisp days of fall nudge us toward the bitter chill of winter. There are only three full moons left this year: the Full … 0

Combating bullying, cliques on 2 school agendas

Sunday, October 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — Over the course of three weeks this year, seventh-graders at Pioneer Valley Regional School will learn how to stop bullying they may see as part of a new active bystander program. At Four Rivers Charter School, students are put into small groups with one teacher where … 0

Neighbors: Help for a little cemetery

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hello neighbor. I recently learned of another example of people working together to help make our community a little nicer. Inmates at the jail went to a small cemetery on Bernardston Road this week to paint the old, faded fence that surrounds Log Plain Cemetery. Many of you … 0

Town Meetings, Sept. 29-Oct. 4

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ashfield Planning Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 7:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Energy Committee: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation … 0

Scarecrow in the Park seeking more vendors

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BERNARDSTON — Fall may have just begun, but it’s not too early to start thinking about Halloween — and the Kiwanis’ annual Scarecrow in the Park event. Scarecrow in the Park will be held from 10 a.m. to … 0

Last-mile broadband collaboration takes next step in planning

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BOSTON — Now that the state has $50 million to help build out rural broadband Internet access, western Massachusetts legislators met Tuesday with Internet community groups to plan what state Sen. Stan Rosenberg calls “the Last Mile Solution” — how to secure high-speed Internet in unserved and partially … 0

Neighbors: Walk for suicide leaves from Energy Park Oct. 5

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hello neighbor. With the recent news of Robin Williams, one of the greatest actors and comedians of our time, taking his life still fresh in our minds, I’d like to tell you about a very important fundraiser walk coming up. It will begin in the Greenfield Energy Park. … 0