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

Bernardston man accused of burglarizing neighbor

Friday, December 26, 2014

BERNARDSTON — A local man faces criminal charges after allegedly betraying a neighbor’s trust and burglarizing his home. Benjamen Stennes, 19, of 71 Shaw Road, pleaded innocent to charges of breaking and entering in the daytime to commit a felony, larceny from a building and larceny over $250. … 0

Neighbors: Don’t be sad, there’s lots more to come

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Hello, neighbor. ’Tis the day after Christmas, and I’ll bet many of you are finding yourselves in the same places you were just a few weeks ago — elbow to elbow with hundreds of others at stores, this time returning the sweater that doesn’t fit or that gift … 0

Neighbors: New Year’s Eve in Orange a good time

Monday, December 22, 2014

Hello neighbor. Not a lot going on this week, at least in terms of public events. I’m sure you will all be plenty busy celebrating the holidays with family and friends, so please everyone have a safe and happy holiday. Now that we’re here, it means New Year’s … 0

Neighbors: Take advantage of technology, but don’t let it rule you

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. I just wanted to finish what I started on Tuesday, if you don’t mind. I seem to be on my soapbox this week, so please bear with me. I guess I’m just filled with the joy of the season and want to share it with you. … 0

Bernardston seeks volunteers for new master plan

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

BERNARDSTON — The town will soon put together a new master plan, but it’s got to fill a steering committee first. The May annual town meeting approved $10,000 toward the master plan, and work will start in the new year. Bernardston is more than halfway to a full … 0

Neighbors: Remember the true meaning of the holiday season

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here we are — Hanukkah begins today at sundown, there’s only eight days until Christmas Eve and it’s 10 days until the beginning of Kwanzaa. Each holiday means something different to each person or family who celebrates it. We all have our own traditions, as it … 0

Neighbors: Kind acts don’t go unnoticed

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Hello, neighbor. I thought I’d share a story about another one of our neighbors putting a smile on someone’s face. Julie, who lives on Wildwood Avenue in Greenfield, said she woke up the other morning to a box … 0

Tech picks principal for supt.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MONTAGUE — In something of a surprise to some on the committee, particularly those who were not present, the Franklin Technical School District Committee voted to promote the school’s principal and assistant superintendent to the top job come … 0

Bernardston enacts winter parking ban

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

BERNARDSTON — Parking on the side of town streets could get your car towed this winter. Bernardston selectmen enacted a winter-long parking ban Wednesday, effective until March 31. While many towns have had similar bans for decades, Bernardston’s was adopted at a 2013 special town meeting. The ban … 0

Survey finds too little affordable housing in Franklin County, especially for poorest residents

Monday, December 8, 2014

Since her husband died a year and a half ago, “Marion,” as we’ll call her, has been struggling with how to afford to keep living in their seven-room home in northern Franklin County. Rather than use her savings … 0