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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

Neighbors: Paint and Sip awakens my inner artist

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. A group of friends and family gathering together to paint on canvas, while sipping their favorite beverages, has become a national trend. In this area, two of the companies that provide such entertainment — at least … 1

Letter: The heavens and earth

Monday, April 13, 2015

So much has been written and said about climate change/global warming that some fresh air from the Old Testament needs to clear away the haze. Climate change began “in the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1), and change is still taking place. In … 0

One arrest in Bernardston break-in

Friday, April 10, 2015

BERNARDSTON — Police arrested a Greenfield man they say broke into a resident’s house and locked her out. Patrick Hall, of Greenfield, was arrested on charges of breaking and entering in the daytime, larceny under $250, and vandalism. He was apprehended after a Northfield Road woman returned home … 0

Tech School seeks OK to borrow $2.45M

Thursday, April 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School District will ask the residents of its 19 member towns to go to the polls at a special districtwide election June 23 to approve what they expect to be $2.45 … 0

Neighbors: Time to be recognized

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m glad to be back, though I couldn’t believe what I saw when I stepped out of my apartment Thursday morning. I thought the days of that white stuff were done — and what little is … 0

Pioneer picks Miller as new superintendent

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District has picked a new superintendent. The School Committee will soon begin to work out a contract with Ruth Miller, the current superintendent of the Narragansett Regional School District. Miller has 21 years in education. She’s been superintendent of Narragansett for … 0

Where the funding meets the road

Monday, April 6, 2015

With a six-year, $478 billion federal transportation bill released recently to help close an estimated $1 trillion gap in the nation’s highway and bridge infrastructure and improve rail and public transit, a Franklin County group is scheduling an informational meeting as part of a “Stand Up for Transportation … 2

Wipers on, lights on

Monday, April 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Today’s forecasted rain showers could put a new law to the test. Starting today, state law requires drivers to turn on their headlights whenever they need to use their windshield wipers, and whenever visibility is less than 500 feet. Previously, headlight use had been required from … 1

Neighbors: Turning pollution into art

Monday, April 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. Several months ago I told you the Connecticut River Watershed was looking for artists who would turn trash found in the watershed into art. Well, CRW found the artists and their art is on display now through May 27 at Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue … 0

Cracking the code: Bernardston elementary students are learning computer programming

Sunday, April 5, 2015

BERNARDSTON — For the past five weeks, local students have been staying after school to learn a new language. It’s not French, Spanish or Swahili. The 32 fourth- through sixth-graders are learning “Blockly,” a user-friendly computer programming language. … 0